Players from the Minnesota Vikings NFL franchise once threw a massive sex boat party with around 100 prostitutes.
17 members of the roster were allegedly involved in the sex party on board a pair of houseboats on Lake Minnetonka in October 2005, since referred to as the Love Boat scandal. Two houseboats were rented by the players, with alleged ringleader Fred Smoot later claiming that 100 women were present at the party.
Prostitutes from Atlanta and Florida were said to have been flown in for the party, with some of the players allegedly performing sex acts in front of crew members.
An anonymous former Vikings player told Sports Illustrated, via ESPN, that the party was not the first of its kind to be held by players from the team.
"This ain't the first time Vikings players have been on Lake Minnetonka with some [women]," explained the player. "I went out there several times with a few other guys and some strippers, when all of us were single, but we would go on a boat that one of the guys owned, so everything happened in private."
Police were made aware of the party on the evening of October 6 2005 when a woman reported "seven black men" had urinated in her garden after exiting a "big shuttle bus limousine", according to the transcript of the call, via WCCO.com.
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Cleaning crew reportedly found used condoms and sex toy packaging after the party. However, the attorney for the charter cruise company the boats were rented from said that no drugs and no minors were on the boats.
They also said that not every player present on the two houseboats had acted inappropriately.
After news of the party broke, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf reportedly threatened to remove those involved with planning the party from the roster, according to Sports Illustrated, via ESPN.
Meanwhile, Smoot, quarterback Duante Culpepper, Bryant McKinnie and Moe Williams were all charged with indecent conduct, disorderly conduct and lewd or lascivious conduct, per USA Today.
In the years after the scandal, NFL commentators pointed to the party as a key point in the team's history and a change in the Vikings' fortunes.
Head coach Mike Tice was fired later in 2005 and replaced by Brad Childress, who led the Vikings to the NFC Championship game in 2009 for the first time in nine years.
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