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KSTP-TV's Stinar got down and dirty for Vikes story
Star Tribune Last update: November 3, 2005 at 12:13 PM
Dumpster diving reportedly uncovered all kinds of juicy leads for KSTP-TV about the Vikings carnal cruise on Lake Minnetonka, including one regarding a "fascinating . . . porn star."
This morning, KSTP reporter Kristin Stinar was on FM107's "Balanced Breakfast" show, hosted by Margery & Ian Punnett, pumping the sweeps pieces that begin airing tonight. Getting the story required "dirty, a bit disgusting, degrading" news-gathering techniques, she said.
"There are some assignments that just are not pleasant," Stinar melodramatically told the colleagues at the sister station.
And then Stinar got the breathy, verbal striptease going in earnest: "We got a tip, a pretty juicy tip, that a couple of Minnesota Vikings players were dumping garbage in a construction site dumpster. [The tipsters] knew they didn't live there. They pull up in their big flashy vehicles, you know, with the flashy wheels."
The tipsters "recognized both players," said Stinar. She indicated that they will be named in the reports and noted, "The reaction from the Vikings players is interesting.
"It was eight days after the boat party, and you know all the hoopla after that," said Stinar, sounding very gossipy. "They called me and said, 'Hey, just want you to know this seemed a little suspicious, a little odd to us. We didn't check it, out but you might want to.'"
Of the actual dumpster dive, Ian asked Kristin, "Do you do it yourself or is that when you bring in the interns?"
Stinar said it was a team effort and "it wasn't pleasant" but a construction site is better than most dumping grounds.
Margery joked that Kristin probably had to don a haz-mat suit, and Stinar quipped that she burned her clothes afterward.
FINALLY, Stinar allowed, "I will tease you a little," about what was found.
"I found what appears to be remnants of a party; meaning party favors. Partttty thiinggs," Stinar said, with many pauses for effect. "Things you would see at a party." Asked whether noisemakers were among the booty, she said, "All kinds of things, Ian."
I'm guessing Stinar and crew are possibly in possession of the alleged sex toys and DNA.
But Stinar wasn't done yet. "Also in that pile of garbage, there was a list with names. Oh, no, not kidding." Stinar said she assumed the list included the names of women invited to the party "because there were flight times, airlines. Bottom line: We ended up finding one of the women's names matched something that vice investigators were interested in. So we tracked her down."
Kanary Stinar would not say whether she flew to Atlanta or Houston to interview the woman.
"Is she a dancer?" asked Ian.
"Yes," said Stinar.
"Ballet?" asked Ian.
"Uh, no," said Stinar.
"Polka," asked Ian.
"I'm sure she would do that for you if you paid her enough," Stinar said. "Fascinating woman, I must say. You'll find out some about her tonight and some more tomorrow. She is FASCINATING. This is a woman who, just to tease you a little more, is a current porn star."
Stinar described the woman's background as "UNbelievable." and said the things the porn star allegedly was asked to do at the party would not be considered legal in Minnesota but maybe in Las Vegas.
If the report lives up to Stinar's tantalizing morning show appearance, we may be asking ourselves whether these Vikings could really be so unbelievably stupid. The answer: Of course, they're football playas.
And they probably thought they were being super slick by flying in women from elsewhere. Guess they didn't realize that in this post 9.11 world people who get on planes can't fly under stage names like Precious, the one I keep hearing.
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This should create some very interesting discussions.