Bryant McKinnie calls lawsuit from Miami strip clubs a 'bogus story'
By By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun|
Oct 30, 2012 at 7:00 PM
Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie is facing another lawsuit demanding payment for an unpaid debt. This time it is a $375,000 lawsuit stemming from allegations that he ran up a hefty tab at two Miami strip clubs.
According to the lawsuit filed Monday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, McKinnie owes the money to Charles “Pop” Young, the father of rapper Trick Daddy. However, McKinnie denied the allegations to The Baltimore Sun.
“I got no papers, I was never served,” said McKinnie in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “I just called my lawyer about this because this is a bogus story. I just read the article. [Young] 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.”
According to NBC 6 South Florida, McKinnie agreed to pay Young back for bills accrued at different clubs including the King of Diamonds strip club, but hasn't done so yet. According to the report, McKinnie allegedly wrote the following promissory note on Oct. 1, 2010: “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's agent, Michael George, declined to comment on this specific lawsuit, but said he has been in the process of assisting McKinnie with his finances.
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, had his salary reduced from $3.2 million to a $2.2 million base salary at the beginning of the season.
Replaced by Michael Oher as the Ravens' starting left tackle, McKinnie's contract gives him the opportunity to make back the $1 million cut from his salary if he plays 50 percent of the Ravens' offensive snaps.
The Ravens don't comment on players' personal financial matters.
As for McKinnie, he maintained he does not owe the money.
“You could never run up a tab like that,” McKinnie said. “For somebody like that to say something like this, they figure if they go to the media that you'll pay them, I guess.