Former Vikings players returning to site of the ‘Love Boat’ incident

(Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images) Bryant McKinnie
(Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images) Bryant McKinnie /

A few former Minnesota Vikings players have decided to host a public gathering on a cruise in Lake Minnetonka, a spot that will forever be infamous in the history of the franchise.

There are a few moments in Minnesota Vikings history that are just going to end up lasting forever, whether they are good or bad.

Unfortunately, a number of these memorable moments in Vikings history tend to lean more on the negative side of the spectrum. Jim Marshall running the wrong way, Gary Anderson‘s missed kick, and the Metrodome roof collapse, are events that Minnesota fans will never be able to erase from their memory, no matter how hard they try.

One of the most infamous moments in Vikings history happened in 2005 in the water of Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka. Known as the “Love Boat” scandal, things got a little wild when some former Vikings players decided to have a party on a boat. Just ask Fred Smoot.

Former Minnesota Vikings planning another boat party on Lake Minnetonka

After what happened in 2005, some would think a lot of the players involved in the incident would avoid boat parties for the rest of their lives. But this isn’t the case for a few guys who used to suit up for Minnesota.

On Wednesday, former Vikings safety Robert Griffith announced that tickets were being sold for the opportunity to hang out on a cruise on Lake Minnetonka with some former Minnesota players.

In addition to Griffith, former Vikings players Bryant McKinnie and Byron Chamberlain will be attending the event, which is currently set to take place on the night of Friday, June 18.

Griffith and Chamberlain did not participate in the original “Love Boat” venture out on Lake Minnetonka in 2005. But McKinnie was allegedly one of the main participants who was fined and handed a disturbing the peace charge by local law enforcement.

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No shenanigans are expected to take place when McKinnie heads back out onto Lake Minnetonka with some other former Vikings players later this month. Instead, fans will have the chance to interact with a few guys who used to play for their favorite NFL team and possibly walk away with an autograph or two as well.