Video: Vikings sex cruise

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updated 10/14/2005 12:04:13 PM ET 2005-10-14T16:04:13
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"No comment" were the most popular two words around the Minnesota Vikings locker room this week after allegations of a wild sex cruise and possible criminal activity. 

So what exactly happened on the boat?  Stephen Doyle, the attorney representing the boat owners, joined 'Scarborough Country' guest host Susan Molinari to talk about the case on Thursday.

To read an excerpt of their conversation, continue to the text below. To watch the video, click on the "Launch" button to the right.

SUSAN MOLINARI: Mr. Doyle, what exactly do your clients say happened on their boat that night? 

STEPHEN DOYLE, ATTORNEY, AL & ALMA'S CRUISE COMPANY:  Al & Alma's is the name of the organization.  It has been around about 50 years, owned by the Geyen family, fantastic folks.
 
Here's what happened.  A cruise was set up with a couple of boats, a couple days in advance by couple of folks with the Vikings.  Done totally routinely, paid for scheduled, looked at the boats, talked menus, talked which boats, examined the ones that were best for the tour.  People showed up.  They were about an hour late, but notice had been given to the cruise.  It's supposed to be an 8:30 one.  About 10:00, quarter to 10:00, 10 to 10:00, the first went out.  Another one followed about 10, 12 minutes later, 20 minutes later, because some people were late. 

Went out.  And the first few minutes of it were pretty routine.  People were getting lots of drinks.  And the music was started.  And then...

MOLINARI:  Something went wrong. 

DOYLE:  Well, crew started to see people undressing and changing clothes and showing up on the deck where the guys were with thongs, and I am not sure you would call them bras, but there were things that they described like them, pieces of material that covered something, or not, and then -- and I am not trying to be flip and glib.  It was pretty astounding. 

Then dancing started, and the dancing was pretty intensive physically, and not too far after that, of course, we are talking about a long period of time, people started to engage in parts of the boats in various sexual activity. 

MOLINARI:  Are your clients going to be pressing charges against any of the players or the team itself? 

DOYLE:  It's a great question.  We have nothing to do with pressing charges.  Police are investigating it.  I spent today, four or five hours, with members of the crew at my office, meeting with police, doing individual interviews.  Yesterday, we met for two or three hours with the police doing a group interview.  I have been advising the crew they can help or not help, talk or not talk, and they are all stepping up, just doing an amazing job, saying, you know, it's our duty to help the police. 

The police are investigating aggressively.  They are going to do what they are going to do.  And if they produce stuff that creates charges, they will go to a prosecutor.  If they don't, they don't.  We are just simply trying to cooperate with them.  I have talked to the Viking management and said, here are the names of people we have identified so far that were on board that were Vikings, absolutely not associating at that time any particular behavior to those names -- we are still ferreting that out -- and asked them to cooperate and work with us and do their own investigation.  We are just trying to help. 

MOLINARI:  But we are kind of laughing at this story, but the truth is that there obviously were some pretty bad things that went on here that your clients and the people who were working on this cruise felt somewhat threatened by the atmosphere of what was going on. 

DOYLE:  Now let's be really clear.  We are not laughing at all here, and not only somewhat threatened.

The most serious concern for the owners of this wonderful organization of Al and Alma's was the crew, and picture this.  They are doing their work.  They are intensely out in the middle of the lake serving drinks and doing what they are supposed to do.  Very high demand.  This is not a passive event for them.  And then they encounter not only the physical activity that's occurring, but they inquire people yelling at them for booze.  They inquire people trying to serve their own drinks.

They encounter people saying to them, 'Look, why don't you dance for us like these people?  I will pay you money.'
 
MOLINARI:  Yes.  Oh, boy. 

DOYLE:  It's astounding. 

MOLINARI:  That is astounding.  Well, thank you, Stephen Doyle, for being with us and telling your side of the story.  We appreciate it. 

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