From nbcmiami.com: "Former Miami Hurricanes All-American Bryant McKinnie owes the father of rapping superstar Trick Daddy $375,000 for bills run up at South Florida strip clubs, a new lawsuit says. The rapper’s father, Charles (Pop) Young, filed the lawsuit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court Monday afternoon. Young says that McKinnie, who is currently an offensive lineman for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, racked up big bills at the strip clubs between February 2009 and September 2010, borrowing the money from him."
Here's the story from the Miami TV station.
The former Vikings lineman, released last season when he showed up at training camp weighing a bunch more than coach Leslie Frazier wanted, is a big deal in Miami -- owing to his college career at the University of Miami.
McKinnie denied the allegation, essentially saying that Young was trying to shake down a moneymaker. In an interview with the Baltimore Sun, McKinnie said: "I got no papers, I was never served. 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?"
Upload doesn't want to know the answer to that last question.
According to the Sun, McKinnie took a $1 million pay cut this season -- from $3.2 million to $2.2 million -- with the chance to get the million back if he plays 50 percent of the Ravens' offensive snaps -- a task that made difficult by the fact that he isn't a starter right now. McKinnie already is having some of his salary garnished as settlement in a lawsuit over a $4.5 million loan he took out during the NFL lockout.
Here's the entire Sun story.
You'll remember that Bryant McKinnie was kept off the field in Mankato last summer by the Vikings and then released because of concerns about his weight and conditioning.
Soon after, he was picked up by the Baltimore Ravens and, by all accounts, had a fine season.
This week, though, history did a rerun. McKinnie was at Baltimore's practice facility this week, but didn't practice "for conditioning purposes,” coach John Harbaugh told the Baltimore Sun.
More Harbaugh: “We’re going to probably continue to do that [during the minicamp] and continue to try and get him in good shape. I think practice-wise, he’s just as well doing the conditioning part of it.”
John Eisenberg of CSNBaltimore.com wrote: "It’s really weird that the Ravens didn’t want McKinnie on the practice field in June. They didn’t comment further, but the only way to take it is they aren’t happy with his conditioning. Since they gave him a $500,000 roster bonus in March with the understanding that he would get himself in better shape, it could be they’re becoming disenchanted with him."
When Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com asked Harbaugh what McKinnie needs to do to get out of the gym and onto the field, the coach wouldn't bite: "That’s something that is an in-house type of thing right now."
But Harbaugh made it clear to reporters that he didn't like the attention that's being paid to Heavy B's weight, which is listed at 360 pounds on the Ravens web site: "It’s not as simple as some of you guys want to make it. It’s just a situation where we are going to do what is best for the team, what is best for Bryant. We want him here; there’s no reason he wouldn’t be here. He has worked hard, so you try to do what’s most beneficial for every guy in every situation, and it’s always individualized.”
You can read Hensley's full blog post here.
Anyone who follows former Vikings Pro Bowl (well, he didn't quite make the game, but that's another story) offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie (@Bryantmckinnie) on Twitter knows that he like to par-tay.
He has made a lot of money during his career, but apparently isn't all that good at saving/investing it. Before last season, he took out a $4 million loan in case of a lockout with Pro Player Funding. According to TMZ, the payments would come out of McKinnie's paychecks with the Vikings, but when the Vikings cut him, a payment was missed, and the loan came due. So now, with interest, it's $4.3 million. PPF got a judgment against the ex-Miami Hurricane, and he has to pay up.
Big Mac and Cheese's new contract with the Ravens is "only" worth $7.5 million over two years, so he might have to be a little more fiscally responsible this year. Or at least take out another loan.
As Pro Football Talk points out, football players have resources to avoid financial difficulties, but ...
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