Everyone knows that some professional athletes are party goers. After a long day on the field or on the court, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to drink some alcohol, let loose and have a good time.
Johnny ManzelLiver is likely still recovering from his studies at Texas A&M University and with the Cleveland Browns. Mickey coat started each day with a mixed drink and claimed to have met a girl under the stands at Yankee Stadium. the 1986 The New York Mets once ransacked a plane via a booze-filled food fight. And Lamar Odom asserts he slept with thousands of women during his playing days.
Some star athletes launch their ragers on boats. Blake Griffin and Chandler Parsons’ Twerking party in Ibizaby Rob Gronkowski party cruise and the infamous New York Giants Wide Receiver Boat Party in Miami immediately come to mind.
But the biggest off-season boat party in NFL history — the one that made boat parties cool — was the one hosted by members of the Minnesota Vikings in 2005 in what would forever be known as from “Minnesota Vikings Love Boat Scandal”.
First, a little background.
Who was on the Vikings Love Boat?
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Cornerback Fred Smoot, who spent two years in Minneapolis with the Vikings and seven with the Washington Redskins, was the leader of the whole operation. He had a night and $80,000 to throw a rookie party on the team’s bye week. Usually it was in a club. Smoot decided to change things up, and it was unforgettable.
Using his credit card, Smoot rented two large houseboats on Lake Minnetonka on October 6, 2005. He arranged for strippers and hookers from all over the country – Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles , New York and Texas – arrive by plane. About 100 women in total showed up in limos, almost like a motorcade.
“You would have thought the president was moving at that time,” Smoot says Sport bar stool in a 14-minute documentary in 2018.
Former Vikings players aboard one of the ships included quarterback Daunte Culpepper, Bryant McKinnie, Nate Burleson, Mewelde Moore, Pat Williams, Ralph Brown, Jermaine Wiggins, Troy Williamson, Travis Taylor, Kevin Williams, Lance Johnstone, Moe Williams and Willie Offord. There was would have 17 players in total who participated.
As Smoot recalls, “he got a little X-rated.”
What happened on the Vikings Love Boat?
The crazy list of allegations, accusations and details is as follows:
- Fred Smooth allegedly held and “manipulated” a double-headed dildo inside two women lying on the floor in the living room. The move is known as the Florida Three-Way, but he claims he only handed them the double-sided dildo.
- Bryant McKinnie and two other players sitting on lounge chairs received oral sex from four women in a gross violation of the code of conduct.
- McKinnie allegedly picked up a naked woman, placed her on the bar, and performed oral sex on her in front of other boat guests and crew members.
- Daunte Culpepper was seen getting a lap dance and fondling a stripper.
- A woman who lived by the lake called police around 9.20pm to report that several Vikings players were urinating in her yard after getting off a “big limo shuttle”.
- Witnesses told attorney Stephen Doyle that the sex acts allegedly included “masturbation, oral sex, woman on man, woman on woman, toys, middle of floor, middle of couches, the middle of the room”. The cleanup crew said they found “used condoms, KY Jelly, Handi Wipes” and “sex toy packaging”.
On Monday morning, reports of the wild night began to surface in the news. Investigators looked at potential charges relating to the NFL players’ sex party, but there wasn’t enough evidence for most of them. Three players – Smoot, McKinnie and Williams – all received small fines and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disrupting peace charges.
“We were a group of 20-year-olds with millions of dollars in our pockets. What do you guys expect to do? They’re going to have fun and they’re going to find some trouble,” Smoot said.
Vikings punter Chris Kluwe was one of the few players not to attend the floating sex-a-palooza. He didn’t even find out until the following week.
“My wife and I were at home. We saw there was this report that the Vikings were in trouble for this boat party. We were like, ‘why weren’t we invited to this party?’ “, he said Sport bar stool. “A few days later more details came out, and we were like, ‘hmm, it’s probably a good thing we weren’t invited to that boat party.'”
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf has called a meeting next week and talked about the players. The party, after all, had an incredibly bad image of itself and its organization. They were 1-3 at the time and instantly became the laughingstock of the NFL. Through ESPNthe owner threatened to remove players from the roster who were involved in planning the party.
“He literally almost has tears streaming from his eyes, and he’s squeezing a new one out of us,” Smoot said. Sport bar stool. “As we all. To the point where his lip trembles.
After starting the season 1-3, the Vikings won eight of their next 11 games and finished 9-7. They failed to qualify for the playoffs and head coach Mike Tice was fired at the end of the season despite a playoff berth in 2004. Minnesota has yet to win a Super Bowl although he played four times in the game between 1969-1976.
The Love Boat Scandal will forever be an important part of franchise lore. Depending on how you see it, that night was either legendary or embarrassing.
Interestingly enough, anyone can take a ride these days on one of the chartered boats. Butch Parks, a marina operator on the Great Lakes in Iowa, bought one of the ships and renamed it “Miss Chievious.” Parks offers charter boat cruises on the 72-foot vessel which was fully restored in 2013.
But if you’re thinking of setting foot on the ship, you might want to consider some very important advice from Smoot:
“If you ever get on that boat, please don’t turn on the black light. Please.”
Fancy a day on the water, love boat style? Catch yourself a black light, if you dare.
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This post was originally posted on September 27, 2019, but the Minnesota Vikings love boat scandal lives on in infamy.