Champions Sports Bar haven for crack cocaine dealing, says Minneapolis police

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Whitney Houston probably would've... ah, forget it. Let the dead rest.
Minneapolis' Champions Sports Bar and Grill, located near Lake & Nicollet in the Lyndale neighborhood, has long been known as a drug den.

Bar management promised to clean the place up in 2007, but their efforts apparently didn't stick. Monday afternoon, Minneapolis police announced they arrested 11 and charged 14 in connection with crack cocaine dealing at the bar.

Said Matt Clark, head of Minneapolis' Fifth Police Precinct: "When incidents of narcotics trafficking surrounding a particular business are reported to us again and again we are compelled to use whatever means the law allows to stop this activity."

From Southwest Minneapolis Patch:
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It's all fun and games until your teeth fall out.
According to Minneapolis Police Department spokesperson Sgt. William Palmer, officers in the investigation made five narcotics purchases inside the bar, seven purchases that started at the bar but were completed elsewhere, and six purchases from the bus stops and sidewalks outside the bar. Palmer also said police investigated a report of marijuana being smoked on the bar's patio. According to the criminal complaints filed against the 14 defendants, officers bought between 0.1 and 0.2 grams of crack cocaine from each defendant.
After neighbors reported seeing patrons brazenly snorting lines of coke in the bar's bathrooms back in 2007, the city forced Champions to close for a few weeks and get its act together. But reached for comment this morning, a Champions employee said the bar plans to stay open as usual despite Monday's drug bust.

Remember kids, crack is whack -- especially when you buy it at a dingy-dive sportsbar.
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Sonny Carson
Sonny Carson

As a block leader I do not like what you are posting  how about talking to people that live and go there. Rember what happend in 07 and what was done to clean it up. Rember the bar in north mpl that the city went after Champinos that won their case aglinst the city. In five years what do you think would happen look at downtown. I would think you would find more down there than you would find in south mpls. If people who are talking bad about Champions on this page have a problem then maybe they should get off of ther duff an say something to Rick Nelson the owner. We all can say bad about a place but it is up to us to speak up. Talking on a Blog is one thing but talking about the business without talking to the owner is wrong.  How would you like for me to say something about you without talking to you first.

YJ
YJ

Okay. You are all fighting about the bar. And this neither helps nor hinders. All you are managing to accomplish is getting angry at one another. My opinion, yes the bar is a great place. Me and my family have been going there since I was little. I think they have the best wings. ever. As for throwing other people into the mix that never made a comment for or otherwise, its silly.

the insider
the insider

YJ I agree with your comment about attacking people that are not involved. I do apologize for mentioning his second wife, she truly has nothing to do with what's going on. Are there any journalist following this forum? Is it ok to post names of the known dealers that work at Champions? Every post I've made has been in response to one that was issued towards me with exception to the first one. Thinking about the first post it was something to the effect of.......I believe that the actions of thet owner and (some) staff are a direct reflection of what's happening in the bar. I do have names and time frames that can be checked out. After being called a liar and a coward SO many times I allowed myself to lash out. So once again to Richard's second wife I do apologize.

TRUTH
TRUTH

Insider are you stupid? I know who you are, kind of obvious.. You sure as hell dont know a damn thing about me, i am not Suzys son, like ive said before, im the son of the BOSS. Do you want to continue to work there? Just type your name out, tell us who you are, if you work there show some proof, you cant... Of course you wont, because you had to resort to coming here to express how you feel to begin with, your pathetic ass can keep crying to a computer screen, no one cares. Im only here to bring the truth to light, to show everyone how bullshit you are, and alot of people get the point, like i said before, you have failed here, good luck. You think im the only one who reads this buddy? You got an entire community reading your false accusations.

the insider
the insider

If you are Richard's son then you are a liar. You don't work there, nor have you ever or is daddy still cooking the books? You say you know who I am; so why do you need me to give you my name? You are the one that said I work, not me. I'm not the crying, and calling others names. I wouldn't expect anymore from you the son of a cocaine addict and an alcoholic. You should really get back into anger management. You and your father are a couple dip shits. Your father has no respect for the law. Let me give you an example because your going to ask for proof......(SMH) when his house was robbed and you were tied up and pistol whipped his FACEBOOK message to you was he's got money in these streets and money talks don't worry we'll get your stuff back. Your dear old dads biggest concern was that he was the intended target. Why would he be a target? My first thought would have been that someone randomly selected my house. I would like to say I was happy to hear that you were ok. As I've stated before your father is a seedy character and the things he do are a directi influence on what's happening in that bar. One last thing I just might have to report him to the IRS in the last 4 years Suzy has maybe worked 3 shifts, you haven't worked any, how are you considered an employee? Let me guess because the BOSS said so...............

Richard
Richard

 OK so this is Richard. Suzy's, Richard all i ask is do NOT just throw me and my mom into your slander if you wanna spit shit talk then do it but we didn't say anything I'm trying to stay out of it. i mean whats the point did me or mom offend you some how cause im sure we didn't

The Real Deal
The Real Deal

To the "Insider"...I'm pretty sure I'm close to knowing who you are now. Once we find out who you are, you're going to be exposed and let me tell you " what goes around comes around ", if you can't say anything positive, why say something at all. You must be a bitter person that hasn't had things go your way lately. Instead of hoping for the worst for others, you should be thinking about your life and get a hold of it. I promise you will feel like a better individual and people may start to like you again. LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE......

To the "Truth"..Please don't continue to endulge into this miserable person's life of boring and useless comments.  You are bigger and better than that.  I truly believe that Champions will have the last laugh in the end because they are going to continue to strive to make their customers happy.  Who cares what the media says (especially the miserable one, lol). As long as you guys keep a cool boss, bartenders, and wait staff, you are going to stay on TOP..REAL TALK!....LIVE, LAUGH, AND LOVE AKA: Corona, for those who know me as that name...love ya!!!

5 cents a lie.
5 cents a lie.

So INSIDER i know now that you work there as you stated "and no I've never been kicked out or fired." and there is only one certain individual who would speak this way, maybe its the someone who wrote "Whos the asshole who threw away unbroken cardboard in the trash.." on a note attached to the unbroken cardboard. who harassed and accused me and my coworker the other week... If you have an issue with your place of work, you take it up with the boss, you dont cry on a website about it, you dont cry on a note attached to cardboard about it, you sir have failed here. 

the insider
the insider

Truth you are an idiot. Stay out in left field son. BTW you don't nor have you ever worked at Champions, so they're not your coworkers. One last thing when did speaking the truth become harassment? Remember It's all public record.

CB
CB

i think its considered harassment because you are targeting and insulting people with nothing to back it up. you do realize that just because you think and say something, that doesnt make it a fact right? i know exactly who truth is and unfortunately you dont have any idea what you are talking about. ive hung out with him before hes had to go to work so yes, he does work there. im curious, do you work there or not? because if you dont, then you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. have you seen 'the books'? how would you know who is on the payroll? i dont know why this topic makes you so angry. i understand truths anger, he is directly affected. but you? why is it you have to make outrageous claims with nothing to back them up and spout insults? i cant believe that some random person read this article and became so passionate to the point of calling people names. to me, name calling is unnecessary either way, but at least i know where truths passion comes from. truth is defending people and a place that he knows and loves. you come off as someone who has had a bad experience there and feels the need to act out and hassle everyone connected to the bar. i know ricky jr and sr and they are good people. your accusations are way out there and unfounded and i think it would be best if you just backed off and left them alone. you are coming off as quite the bully.

TRUTH
TRUTH

Right its all public record, your false accusations, your harassment, your lies, ive worked at champions for 4 years now, ive known the place for 21 years, if it were up to me you wouldnt work another day at Champions, someday i will have that option, so good luck to you. You forget you are talking about my family here, ive known the people who have worked there all my life, you set them out to be criminals, when the fact is they are good people, hard working americans, you show no respect to a place that has even helped you out over the years, i mean someone who bitches about cardboard is arguing with me, what a joke you are man.

the insider
the insider

If you've worked there for four years, your not Richard Jr as you stated in previous post you Ricky Suzy son. You don't even know who your talking to, so SHUT UP ! A good portion of the staff are criminals right up to your dear old mom.

Dawn
Dawn

 Forgot to add my two cents re: the Dang Bus Stop.    The Dang bus stop is stupid.              The End. First, you cannot catch the #18 on this corner, you have to scurry across the street and up 2  \3's of a block east. fine. The #21 stops there as well. as it is now, the busses generally stack up a bit so the actual distance between this and the stop outside Champion's is 1/2 a block, tops.   And also by moving the stop  (shelter and all)  across the street to be joined with the existing stop it would give pedestrians a place to walk but it would leave no reason for loitering outside Champion's.    Signed;  Neighborhood Trash.  

Dawn
Dawn

 I am not quite sure why there is such an outpouring of hatred aimed at Champion's.  When I first heard of the bust I thought  "Cool, That will help Rick clean out some of the Riff-Raff.  Now that it has become known that there is a strong police presence, (will they keep undercover cops to do on the spot busts?)  The bad guys will take their bad guy selves elsewhere. At least for a while."     Champion's has been around in one form or another for what, 60 years?  I sincerely doubt that as a business, they sit around dreaming up ways to entice the drug dealers into their establishment.   Hang in there guys, Kingfield creeps ever closer, methinks that you will soon be seeing overflow.   Now bring back the Italian Fries!  : ) 

the insider
the insider

Dawn I like your response, It's cute. Champions was originally a meat market (far cry from a bar) then it was the LaPizzeria (far cry from a bar) as a bar the has had issue, I guess you could argue what place hasn't. I think I'll make this my last post, but I challenge any of you to go there on a Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday night. The level of violence that happens in this bar is astounding, Richard doesn't allow his staff to dail 911 so majority of it goes unreported. My opinion is drugs and violence aren't good for any business; or neighborhood.

Dawn
Dawn

  Insider,  I like your response too.  It is really, really cute.   The meat market was Horsch's,  And they had this awesome hanging basket full of Safe-T-Suckers. The kind with a loop instead of a stick. My mom was free to shop while we stared at the basket deciding what color to get.   When the market closed, (!?! noooo!)  I do believe that La Pizzeria moved from 31st and Nicollet (pronounced like "Chicklet" for you newcomers.) into the spot.  As a family we continued to fetch our pizzas from them on Friday nights. ( Well, sometimes Dulono's.)  Same sauce, same delightfully doughy/crispy crust. Flash forward and they are now called Champion's Saloon & Eatery. Same sauce, same crust, same guys. Awesome. By 1985 I was old enough to get a job there, and it lasted for over 4 years.  All of the owners/managers/employees/regulars that I have met over the years have shown great pride in the business. I for one am happy that there is still a place to get a burger and a beer for under $16.00. (former Casey's, I'm lookin' at you)  Drugs are everywhere, Drug deals are going down at that really fancy seafood restaurant downtown RIGHT NOW.  Trust me.  Champions is a neighborhood bar in a not-so-nice neighborhood, And that's the way it has always been.  You call yourself Insider, But you sound like a Wikipedia article about Champions/the area.   bravo.    

The Real Deal
The Real Deal

To the "Insider"...I'm pretty sure I'm close to who you are now.  Once we find out who you are, you're going to be exposed and let me tell you " what goes around comes around ", if you can't say anything positive, why say something at all.  You must be a bitter person that hasn't had things go your way lately.  Instead of hoping for the worst for others, you should be thinking about your life and get a hold of it.  I promise you will feel like a better individual and people may start to like you again. LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE......

TRUTH
TRUTH

You are so full of shit INSIDER, you must have either gotten kicked out or fired, they call the cops all the time, you know how long it takes the police who are 2 BLOCKS AWAY to respond? HOURS!!!! Get the fuck out of here with this bullshit your spewing, you know who i am, now show yourself "Insider", you make all these false accusations about the place and then add on LIES, the level of violence at that bar has decreased dramaticly over the last 5 years, we have the police reports to prove it!

the insider
the insider

Truth as I've stated before re: the dealers It's all public record. The reason the violence appears to have decreased is because It's not being reported; and no I've never been kicked out or fired. I'm sure the 911 logs will show the calls are being placed by bar patrons or concerned citizens not staff. I must say for a person that rarely visit the place you sure do have strong opinions of it.

Guest
Guest

Umm..this is news? Did you just move here or something? It's been happening for years and years.  That corner also has the highest prostitution rate, and just a few eency weency feet from the 5th precinct......and a women's shelter.Oh the irony!!

Oscar
Oscar

TRUTH: I understand you like this bar and have family ties with it. Im sure your father works very hard. But lets get real, its a dump. I think Mac's Industrial Bar in NE is the greatest bar ever, but I can admit its a dump. I'm sure you could bring your family the Mac's, but I sure as hell wouldn't call it family friendly. And based on simple common sense I wouldnt bring my family to a lot of places I frequent. I mean this isnt rocket science, its just commen sense.

The bus stop might add to the problem, but it certainly is not the only problem. And yeah dugs are taken at other bars too, but you're almost trying to justify this bust by saying "Well this isnt the only place where people do drugs". Who gives a $hit, drugs are blatently being comsumed and sold at Champions and thats that. And yeah police brought drugs into the bar to sell, but the clients in Champions are stupid enough to buy it from a random stranger. That speaks volumes to the lack of character/judgement of the patrons of this bar. It just is what it is.

I'm sure the food is delicious, the staff is friendly and works hard, and the owner cares about his business....but its a dump.

TRUTH
TRUTH

The place is not a dump, its gotten more business over the last 5 years than it ever has, they just got off probation with the police from the shooting from 5 years ago, they have cleaned up the gang activity, violence, drug activity in that area greatly. Its bullshit the way you thinl, its 2007 champions ALONE busted 30 dealers by using the STAFF + COMMUNITY, not the POLICE, not the CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS, they did it on there own and have done it on there own for 5 years. from sep2011 - jan2012 they charged 14 people, do you know how many people go into champions from sep2011-jan2012???????????????????????????? Over 300,000+!!!!! The problem are the police, they have not cooperated with champions to rid out violence over the years, champions did it with the help of the community and staff and thats it. GET REAL. Your minneapolis police aint perfect, nor is the CITY, your judgement fails when you ignore the FACTS.

Jason Dorweiler
Jason Dorweiler

Can anyone really be surprised? This place is practically next to the police station if I'm not mistaken. What more could they do besides what they just did? You cant stop the drugs just because they get caught once or 10 times. There is a good reason why I haven't been around this area in a long time, its been and has been a dump since I can remember. And a "family restaurant" is a long shot. Its a dive like any other dive, and I would never bring my family in these bars. But I can appreciate them because they are my favorite bars to go to (with friends) The only conclusion you can draw from this is that drugs are here and they aren't going anywhere.

resident
resident

I've lived just blocks from Champions for almost six year. In 2007, Champions did a great job of cleaning up, but things have gone down hill. Representatives from Champions have stopped coming to the neighborhood crime and drug committee also. But, I want to clear up a few things. First, this is not an issue of being in a "bad neighborhood." Pat's Tap and Cause are both just blocks away from Champions and neither have the problems Champions has. Second, my understanding is that all of the drug deals were initiated INSIDE of Champions and were sometimes completed outside. Finally, Champions is not the only entity trying to clean up the area. Lyndale Neighborhood and the 5th Precinct have put a lot of resources into that area with the Lyndale Walkers, the Lake Street Beat Cops and the Bike Cops.

But, they do have some damn good chicken wings. Probably the best in town.

The Insider
The Insider

Reading these comments was hilarious! Champions is in fact drug haven. Truth I'm not sure which of Richard Nelson's (the owner) children you are; judging from your anger and aggression I'd have to guess your Richard Jr. Your father is no better then the Crap he cater's too.

TRUTH
TRUTH

So who are you? Someone who has been kicked out? Fired? you are a liar sir, this is Rick JR and my old man has done more for people in that community and for the city than you think, champions is not a drug heaven, its not what your false judgement says it is, my father is the hardest working american i have ever seen, and ive seen him turn that bar into something great for the last 21 years. Tell us who you really are and ill tell you what your all about, coward.

East Coast Doug
East Coast Doug

The police should check out the Driftwood (about 42nd and Nicolet).

Jody
Jody

Crack Cocaine.

The Breakfast of............Champions.

CB
CB

very clever jody. you sure add alot to the conversation.... darn internet unable to translate sarcasm properly... and in reference to previous comments you have posted, i find it hard to take someone seriously who judges an entire community based on a few bad eggs. yes the neighborhood may have drug problems. but that certainly doesnt mean the entire community is getting high, or that you can trace the problem to one place or cause. you cant really think that if champions closed down for good that all the drug dealers would leave town, so its ridiculous to blame the bar for what those people choose to do with their lives.

The Insider
The Insider

CB you make a good point. Here's a little info I'd like to share with you, Champions has known drug dealers on It's payroll. The owner is chumy with some well known drug dealers that are allowed to hang out and party after closing, for hours.

The Insider
The Insider

Truth how would you know; and stop saying what you've watched your father do. That establishment was ran and made successful by the 3 Toms. When ownership began being transferred to your father is when the place turned into a complete dump.

TRUTH
TRUTH

Thats bullshit, your making false accusations, you sir are a liar. Enjoy the bad karma.

Jody
Jody

Well, the last time I was there (back in 2009), the place was filled with low-life whores and thugs.  We quickly left.

CB
CB

it could be damaging because of how the article was written. if i knew nothing about this bar and read this article, i would get the impression that the owner and employees welcome the drug use and i wouldnt want to go to an establishment with that type of viewpoint. i was just saying that the article isnt very well written or researched and that the author is sending out the wrong message.

Jody
Jody

CB: How on EARTH is this article going to damage their business?  This bar is known to be a shit hole by almost everyone.  If anything, it may actually improve their business because now the drug dealers and addicts know that the cops are scoping this place out, and they will go elsewhere.

CB
CB

thats fine, then dont go there again. there are hardworking people employed there that do not want  drugs around. they have done everything they can, without police assistance, to keep those types of people away. if the bar was the problem, then the deals would be happening inside. but thats not the case. even though i think the article wasnt exactly well researched, even the writer says the deals were happening in the area surrounding the bar. and if the bar wasnt there, im sure the deals would still be happening in that area. if the bar was the real problem, there would have been a much bigger bust much sooner. but instead, the police made a couple of small purchases, outside of the bar. i know a couple of the employees and they are good, hardworking people. its not fair to judge them and the place they work based on what a few bad people do. and to write an uninformed article about a bar could be damaging to their business. which in turn is damaging to the employees income. and that is simply not fair. the article makes it sound like dealers are moving tons of drugs in the bar and that the staff is looking the other way. and the is not the case.

CB
CB

so, the way i see it, pretty much any bar in any big city will have a small percentage of people who are doing wrong. the bar owner and staff can only do so much to prevent people from doing what they are going to do. the owner and employess cant exactly babysit EVERYONE who enters the bar on any given night. the fact that the people buying and selling drugs leave the establishment to do so should show that that behavior isnt tolerated inside the business. and since when is it a business owners job to police the area surrounding said business? isnt that what the cops are for? as far as what people say they have "seen" happen inside the bar, its hard to tell whats true or not. believe it or not, people do get drunk inside of bars. so i dont know how much of that i believe. i also have to wonder how exactly the purchases the cops made went down. i doubt the drug dealers are walking around the place with a sign. i feel like the person who wrote this artlicle might have a little bias against this bar and/or didnt really do very much research. notice how he doesnt mention that the owner of the bar, in order to clean up the drug problem ignored by the police until now, offers reward money for information leading to the arrest of individuals that bring those drugs into the bar? perhaps your research needs to be a bit more thorough and less one sided. i had higher expectations of citipages, i know you guys can do better. 

Jim
Jim

City Pages isn't serios journalism dude. I'm not even sure they are trying to be.

CB
CB

i disagree jim. ive been reading citipages for a few years now and they usually have fairly well written, informed articles. i just think its a bit silly to do an artlicle on a business and not actually talk to anyone who works at or visits said business. you would think an article about a drug problem at a bar would have at least one quote from the owner. even talking to one of the waitresses about what they see happeneing at their job would be nice. it just seemed like the writer didnt talk to anyone besides the police. seemed like he might not have even stepped foot in the place. i just think thats a little strange.

Tiredofthebs
Tiredofthebs

I think the "insider" is full of shit. Public records, my ass. If this is the way you truly feel about the people/place you work then quit. Champions has made great strides in cleaning itself up. Not everything is going to be perfect, but ask yourself this question: is champions alone with the drug problem? Not saying that it is ok, however all of the attention that champs is getting needs to be placed on ALL of the bars in mpls. I'm sorry that you have a severe case of passive agression and feel that this is the place to work it out.

Ntlbrown
Ntlbrown

CB sorry I'm just getting back to you. At least one security guard and one female bartender are known drug dealers. The security guards home was raided 1-2 years ago but he was allowed to serve his time in the work house and continued to report to Champions for. The bartender well hell she did penitentiary time for dealing. I guess in the bars defense that was before she started at Champions. LOL! I just about forgot about the cook that called the police over a drug deal on the property that went bad and wasn't fired. This is all public record you.don't have to take my word. Check it out. Well let me finish packing I'm heading to Texas tonight. Wish me safe travels.

CB
CB

the insider- so the owner may or may not have called someone names. but as far as hiring dealers and letting them party there after hours, is that something you "heard" as well? because ive "heard" alot of things in my short time on this earth and i dont believe all of it. you seem to be making alot of judgments based on things you have heard. they may or may not be true, but i try not to form opinions and make judgements based on rumours.

The Insider
The Insider

CB I wouldn't quote anything I didn't hear with my own ears. The issue with this owner is he has no filter. He has been Over heard numerous times calling his female staff Bit@!$% and on one occasion he called one a conceded stuck up tramp in front of a bar full of people. The staff will not make statements due to fear of being fired.

CB
CB

i dont know much about how the owner responds to suggestions, as i have not given him any, but i am curious as to where you are getting you information. its easy to say he employs drug dealers and lets drug dealer customers party after hours, but where is your proof? those are some pretty strong accusations to be making, i certainly hope you have something to back them up.

The Insider
The Insider

CB when any suggestion is given to the owner about the issues surrounding the bar his favorite response is "This is my bar I'll run it how I want to. If you don't like it go get your own F&$#@!* bar!"

TRUTH
TRUTH

This is a load of CRAP, champions won awards for cleaning  up that community and preventing drug deals for 5 years now, more than the cops EVER have done in that area ever, Aaron rupart is a moron for leaving out the fact champions along side of dairy queen won awards for playing a roll in the community, for helping the community, for doing more than the city of minneapolis and the police... Champions is a hard working buisness, it works its ass off to keep the peace, you people should be ashamed to judge a book by its cover and by what the media says, you people suck for being so ignorant.

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 Invite those types of people and you will get this type of trouble.  How about cleaning up their act...

Jody
Jody

But Johnny, I will have to say that they are not inviting these type of people into their bar.  This bar is on Lake St.....and not in the Uptown part of Lake St., but the Ghetto part of Lake St.  These are the types of people who hang out in that part of Lake St.  If you have a bar in the ghetto, well.....you are going to have ghetto type of people who go there.  The only way Champions can change their clientele is to move it to a better part of town. 

The Insider
The Insider

Truth Champions does none of That and the Pull Tab Booth is owned and ran by a church. I forgot to mention the church pay rent to the bar for use of that space.

CB
CB

exactly jodi. but moving the bar isnt really an option. times are really tough right now and that bar has been there a long time. moving the bar would be too risky for business.

TRUTH
TRUTH

So im guessing you are just a racist then? Do you know how much donation $ and charity champions does for the community? For kids sports teams champions buys team jerseys, the pull tabs all go to a CHURCH, over 1mil$ over the years in pull tabs. You are so blind to the good side of this bar because of 14 people.

CB
CB

i dont quite understand your comment jonny. are you saying that the bar is handing out invites to the local drug dealers? because thats not the case. or are you saying that the wait staff and bartenders should judge people based on their appearance and refuse them service based on what they look like and might do? having a bar in an imperfect neighborhood is tough, all you can do is try to keep your eyes and ears open to try and keep the dealers out. but you cant expect them to police everyone that walks into the place. have you been to a bar on a friday night before? the bars get PACKED! they cant possible have their eyes on everyone that walks in their door and do the job they were hired to do. the employees arent selling or buying drugs, so what part of their "act" should they be cleaning up?

Jody
Jody

Champions cleaned up that community??  LOL!!!  You must be really blind.  Lake St. has been, is, and always will be, nothing but a drug and crime-infested shit hole, and Champions (as well as that LOVELY Sunny's) has been the watering holes of choice for the trash who hang out/live in that neighborhood.

Lake St. is yet another shining example of MN's Liberal Diversity Experiment that went HORRIBLY wrong.  Sorry, but moving the bus stop isn't going to fix the problem.  

TRUTH
TRUTH

Jody do you understand the cops brought the deals INTO THE BAR from the OUTSIDE? They targeted champions to bust them THERE, they set up the bar for failure when they have been trying to get rid of drugs and violence for years! YOU ARE SO IGNORANT GIRL! People like you drive me crazy! Go in there for one night, order food and drinks, and tell me if you think thats a threat to the community.. Your judgement has nothing on my 21 years of knowing the greatness of that place, Champions will survive, with or without the city of minneapolis and the police help, and it has for 25+ years. You cant blame 10 city blocks on ONE BAR...

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 sounds like Champions is the place for drugged fueled champions???

TRUTH
TRUTH

Jody how do you know that if the city has never done anything ABOUT IT, THE ONLY PEOPLE ACTUALLY IMPROVING THAT AREA IS CHAMPIONS! YOU ARE BLIND! If that area is so bad who is to blame????????? THE POLICE!!!!! Not champions! People dont go there for CRACK, thats a load of bullshit thats been implanted in your brain by the media and police, you go from bloomington to lyndale CHAMPIONS IS THE HARDEST WORKING PLACE INBETWEEN!

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 sounds like that's what they go there for.. crack and other drugs...

Jody
Jody

Well, then you just keep on going to that "wonderful" place.....no one is stopping you.  But don't blame the police for the problems that go on in that bar.  The police are not holding guns to peoples' heads forcing them to smoke and sell crack.

TRUTH
TRUTH

Champions is the hardest working buisness ON LAKE STREET! And if you have never seen a Vikings game there, ordered food or drinks, then you need to SHUT THE F UP! Champions has some of the best food in town, and is a great place to drink with friends and family! Ive never ONCE not ONCE seen a crackhead in there, seen crack, seen people doing crack, NEVER. I see people dancing, drinking, eating, laughing, singing, ect! You guys are so ignorant!

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