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Former New York Giants DT Linval Joseph Shot at Minnesota Nightclub

August 9th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Dan Benton

The Minnesota Vikings released a statement on Saturday stating that defensive tackle Linval Joseph, who was previously with the New York Giants, had been shot in the calf at a Minnesota nightclub early on Saturday morning. The team added that Joseph, who was apparently an innocent bystander, had been treated at a local hospital and subsequently released with "minor" injuries.

"Following last night’s preseason game, Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph was an innocent bystander to the shooting that took place at the 400 SoundBar in downtown Minneapolis. Linval suffered a minor injury during the shooting when a stray bullet struck his calf. He was immediately taken to the hospital where he was treated for his injury and released. He is expected to return to his coaches and teammates this week.

"The entire Vikings organization is extremely thankful that Linval was not seriously hurt, and our thoughts are with all of the victims of this shooting. The team will defer any further comment to the Minneapolis Police Department during its ongoing investigation," the team said in a statement.

Based on reports, the shooting took place at approximately 1:50 AM in the 400 SoundBar nightclub, and had upwards of four total victims. All were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where two remain in serious, but stable condition.

Minneapolis police are continuing to investigate the shooting, but believe there was only one gunman. As of Saturday afternoon, no suspects are in custody, although the police have conducted a wide range of witness interviews.

Joseph, who was originally a second-round pick of the Giants in the 2010 NFL Draft, had spent his entire career with Big Blue prior to signing a five-year, $31.5 million deal with the Vikings in early March.

He is expected to return to the Vikings this coming week.


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5 Responses to “Former New York Giants DT Linval Joseph Shot at Minnesota Nightclub”

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    Kujo – I’m not local either but you can see our preseason games for $19.99 through Here’s the link:

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    I don’t see JPP as the type that’s going to get up for a preseason game so I don’t think we will really know much about JPP until week 1.

    Kinnard did look in the game. He didn’t make any real impact plays or tackles but he was around the ball and looked the part.

    Robinson is not in danger of a roster spot IMO but he does need to show more. I think Fells being out is a positive because we should get a long look at both Donnell and Robinson. Robinson should start out as the #2 TE then shift to the #1 TE. He nneds to play. I don’t think we need to see Davis or the kid we just signed much.

  3.  Kettles78 says:

    Good thing LJ only caught 1 in the calf although I am sure that is painful enough.

    Looking forward to tonight’s game

  4.  Krow says:

    Linval … you have a big contract … the next 3-5 years will set you up for life. You’ll never have to work at a real job … EVER. You’ll be retired in style in your 30′s.

    Stay out of those damn clubs you moron.

  5.  Nosh.0 says:

    That sucks. Thankfully he’s O.K.

    As for the karma turning on us after the 2 SB’s, you guys are absolutely right, I wouldn’t trade those championships for anything. Especially 2007.

    Just pointing out that this team has gotten tagged pretty bad with injuries over the last few years. We’ve become pretty good at turning great players into JAG’s. Hopefully this knee injury with Schwartz is minor. I wouldn’t even be worried about it if it wasn’t for the complete failure of the David Bass experiment. And the fact that our OL desperately needs him.

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