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Disorderly conduct case against Vikings Griffin settled

MINNEAPOLIS -- A disorderly conduct case against Minnesota Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin stemming from an incident at a downtown nightclub when he allegedly refused to pull up his saggy pants was resolved Thursday, a city spokesman and his attorney said.

The case was continued for dismissal, which means the misdemeanor charge will be dropped after one year as long as Griffin commits no similar violations, city spokesman Matt Laible said.

Griffin agreed to pay $1,000 in prosecution costs and stay out of the Spin nightclub for one year, Laible said. The player did not appear in court Thursday and need not appear in the future, Laible said.

Griffin had been set to go to trial Thursday but his attorney, David Valentini, worked out the agreement Wednesday.

The cornerback was arrested April 15. Witnesses said he was thrown out of the nightclub for failing to pull up his pants far enough. The club had a dress code requiring that pants not sag below the waist. The witnesses said Griffin had a dustup with bouncers and police before being taken away.

Valentini disputed that Griffin's pants sagged too low. "He went down to this club with two bankers and the (police) report indicated his pants were really low," Valentini said. "That is contrary to what the evidence would have been in the case."

Griffin, entering his second NFL season, was drafted in the second round by the Vikings in 2006. He replaced Fred Smoot in the starting lineup during his rookie season and will enter training camp next week starting opposite veteran Antoine Winfield.

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