Former Ravens lineman Bryant McKinnie has had some well-documented money problems over the years, including a case where he was sued for millions after failing to pay back a loan he took out to tide himself over during the NFL lockout.
Things are not getting any better for the free agent McKinnie. TMZ reports that McKinnie recently had his car repossessed and auctioned off to pay a large outstanding legal bill.
McKinnie reportedly stiffed his Florida lawyers to the tune of $21,354.69, which prompted them to sue him. The court found in favor of the lawyers and, since McKinnie had no cash to pay the bill, ordered that McKinnie’s 2012 Infiniti QX56 be taken away and auctioned to cover it.
McKinnie also recently was sued by a Florida strip club for failure to pay a $375,000 bill.
The lesson here? If you’re having any business dealings with Bryant McKinnie, make sure you get cash up front. McKinnie currently is looking to catch on with an NFL team for 2014, but even if he manages to sign, there’s a good chance all his salary will immediately be taken away by the courts.
Former U-of-M star McKinnie became a Pro Bowl left tackle with the Minnesota Vikings, then left for the Ravens where he won a Super Bowl ring. He spent half the 2013 season with the Dolphins helping to turn around that toxic locker room culture. He’s a great mentor.