MIAMI - Former Viking and current Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie is being sued by the owner of several Miami strip clubs for racking up massive bills at the establishments and failing to pay them.
NBCMiami.com reports that strip club owner Charles "Pop" Young filed a lawsuit against McKinnie in Miami-Dade Circuit Court Monday afternoon. Young claims McKinnie ran up bills at strip clubs that Young owned between February of 2009 and September of 2010, and now he wants McKinnie to pay back $375,000.
McKinnie told a Baltimore newspaper that Young's claim was bogus, and later tweeted "Ppl love 2 believe BS, which is funny 2 me."
McKinnie has a history of financial problems and questionable judgement. Pro Football Talk reports that he took out a loan for $4.5 million to get him through last year's lockout, and the Ravens are currently garnishing half of his net wages to pay back the company that made him the loan.
The lockout didn't cancel any games and therefore the lockout didn't cost any players any game checks, so if McKinnie's financial situation was so precarious that the mere possibility of losing a paycheck had him scrambling to find a loan during the lockout, he's in bad shape.
The former University of Miami athlete has made tens of millions of dollars during his NFL career, but the Ravens cut his salary before this season, and with his wages already being garnished he may not even have $375,000 to his name.
McKinnie's time in Minnesota was marked by his involvement in the so-called "Love Boat" scandal, where a group of players was alleged to have hired strippers for a cruise on Lake Minnetonka. He fell out of favor with the coaching staff after battling weight problems and having his effort questioned.
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