Koren Robinson: In what sense bulletproof?

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Until about 10:45 last night when he was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and fleeing the police, Viking flanker Koren Robinson was one of the team's major feel-good stories. Everyone, it seemed, was writing pieces about Robinson's redemption, tracing his career arc from troubled Seattle Seahawk to sober Viking team leader poised for a breakout season. In retrospect, the one that caught my eye was this profile from Chicago Tribune's Don Pierson:
[A]larms went off in June when word from South Carolina arrived suggesting Robinson had had a relapse. He said he was only attending relapse prevention classes.

"I just want to make sure I'm good for the season before I put myself back in that lifestyle," Robinson told the Associated Press at the time. "In the NFL, when you lose, you feel real down and when you win, there's a lot of celebrating. I'm just making sure I'm bulletproof and being proactive."

For anyone familiar with sportswriter Dan Jenkins'classic "Ten Stages of Drunkeness," it is Robinson's stated aspiration that he wanted to become "bulletproof" that should have set off alarms. In the Jenkins model, you may recall, bulletproof constitutes the final stage of inebritation. Here's the rest of the list:

1. Witty and Charming
2. Rich and Powerful
3. Benevolent
4. Clairvoyant
5. Fuck Dinner
6. Patriotic
7. Crank up the Enola Gay
8. Witty and Charming, Part II
9. Invisible
10. Bulletproof



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