Bryant McKinnie racked up unpaid $375,000 strip club tab while with Vikings, lawsuit says
McKinnie is a professional partier who plays football on the side.
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Charles "Pop" Young, former general manager of King of Diamonds in Miami and the father of rapper Trick Daddy, alleges that McKinnie, 33, "racked up big bills at [South Florida] strip clubs between February 2009 and September 2010, borrowing the money from him," the NBC affiliate in Miami reports. In September 2010 McKinnie was entering his final season with the Vikings -- the next summer the Purple cut him early in training camp after his appetites got the best of him and he showed up dreadfully out of shape.
Young's lawsuit includes an alleged promissory note from Oct. 1, 2010 that indicates that Young loaned McKinnie the money in cash in the different venues.
"In the past we discussed this amount listed above once the NFL season starts and I began receiving my payroll checks. I hereby promise to speak to Mr. Young about this matter by October 5, 2010 and make arrangements to have this balance paid in full by December 1, 2010," McKinnie wrote, according to the note.
Young is seeking what McKinnie owes him plus interest, but McKinnie says the lawsuit is a bunch of bologna.
"I got no papers, I was never served," McKinnie told The Baltimore Sun in a telephone interview. "I just called my lawyer about this because this is a bogus story. I just read the article. He was working at those places and he's tried to borrow money from me. People can put anything out there. What strip club gives you a $375,000 tab? It just sounds stupid to me. I've never heard of this in my life. This is bogus to me. For it to be even reported is stupid to me."
"You could never run up a tab like that," said McKinnie, whose wages are being garnished this season due to a settlement of a separate lawsuit for a $4.5 million loan he took out during the NFL lockout. "For somebody like that to say something like this, they figure if they go to the media that you'll pay them, I guess. I would never pay this guy because what he's saying isn't true. I just found out about this morning when people started texting me. This is the least of my worries."
The most of McKinnie's worries should be making sure he stays in the league -- his current team, the Baltimore Ravens, almost cut him before this season -- because once his career is done, there won't be enough plasma in his body to fund the sort of lifestyle he's used to living.
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