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Ex-Viking Bryant McKinnie

I WANTED Out of My Contract!

8/2/2011 1:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The Minnesota Vikings officially released him moments ago -- but 335-pound left tackle Bryant McKinnie tells TMZ, it was his decision ... after the team sidelined him over health concerns.

McKinnie tells us, his agent put in word with the Vikings moments ago -- before they officially cut him loose -- asking honchos to release McKinnie... so he can sign with another team before the season starts.

McKinnie was placed on the reserve/non-injury list yesterday, after doctors said his cholesterol was too high and he had to lose weight -- but McKinnie tells us, "I'll definitely be ready for [this upcoming season]. That's not even a question."

The Vikings just released their own statement, claiming "This decision, while not an easy one, is in the best interests of our football team as we move forward preparing for the season. We appreciate Bryant’s contributions to the Vikings, and we wish him the best in the future."

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kbbcoop    

FAT BOY

1177 days ago
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Bobby    

Why wasn't he ready for THIS season.

1177 days ago
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Tyler    

TMZ why do you do sports, most of you don't know what the hell you are talking about

1177 days ago
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Scott    

"His cholesterol was too high"??? Ok, well I guess if that's the case, half of the NFL will be gone then!

1177 days ago
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Superman    

All that "training with the Williams' sisters" was a bunch of BS! Probably been juicing as well.

So, why does this one offensive tackle, who went to one pro bowl in 9 NFL seasons, attract the attention of TMZ?!? What is your criteria for picking a "never heard of ya" NFL player over some other NFL news? Just because he has some stupid connection with the Williams' sisters?? BFD!

1177 days ago
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greg    

scott youre a douche

1177 days ago
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Dave    

HE said he'd be in shape for THIS season too. Now he can continue to party on South Beach with his friends. Good riddance!

1177 days ago
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Greygoose125    

Wasn't this guy supposedly doing conditioning training with Venus and Serena Williams during the off season? What an idiot - this is your career - if you can't stay in shape and be ready to perform at training camp - you should be cut.

1177 days ago
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BILLK    

mckinnie said last year he hired a trainer after the season and was gonna be in shpe for this year well uh it didnt happen to worried bout his music carreer

1177 days ago
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stugots101    

WHY IS THIS FRONTPAGE HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP? Is this espn.com? I love sports and all, but jeez..TMZ must be having a slow gossip news day.

1177 days ago
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Mike    

What a waste......

1177 days ago
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Jeff    

Good riddance, McKinnie. You are a glorified D-bag who had more attitude and no work ethic. I am holding you responsible for not protecting our quarterback last season. God help the next quarterback and running back who ever has to rely on you for protection.

1177 days ago
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destini    

that's like getting fired but saying 'oh i wanted them to fire me'..no fool YOU'RE FIRED!

1176 days ago
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Mrknowzitall    

As a Viking Season ticket holder I am glad to see McKinney gone. He is the last one on the field for warm ups the last one off the field. He can't block much less get into a stance. He is pathetic. Ya sure Byrant you wanted out lmao.. 4.5 million a year lmao you aint going to make that flipping burgers buddy... You have been lazy with no heart or pride for years. I am happy Frazier finally cut your lazy butt... SKOL VIKINGS !!!!!!

1176 days ago
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Gator1966    

So long McKinnie we never really neede you anyway, you were overrated fom the beginning, never lived up to your potential or the money you made and:too slow mentally and physically, too fat, out of shape, self centered. I am glad the Vikes cut you finally, now I don't have to be yelling at you on the TV.

1176 days ago
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