Vikings defensive coordinator was arrested, initially charged with DWI in May


Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards was arrested on a charge of suspicion of drunken driving in May and pleaded guilty to a charge of careless driving, according to court documents obtained by the Pioneer Press.

Edwards pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge in August, paid a $1,000 fine and was placed on one year of probation, according to the report. The Vikings said Edwards told the organization of the arrest in May and that “he was significantly disciplined by the Vikings,” the team told Pioneer Press in a statement.

Edwards is in his third season with the Vikings and is the mastermind of a unit that is first in the NFL in scoring defense and second in total defense for 5-0 Minnesota. According to the police report, Edwards’ blood-alcohol level was .03 over the legal limit of .08.

“George Edwards immediately notified the team of this situation when it occurred,” the Vikings statement read. “He was significantly disciplined by the Vikings. George has fulfilled both his legal obligations as well as the additional team-imposed discipline.”