The Tacoma, WA, club owned by former NFL player Sam Adams closed Monday after he was evicted.
A source told Club Industry on Monday that equipment was taken out of the Lincoln Plaza Athletic Club and that the local sheriff's office had put a chain on the doors.
The Tacoma News Tribune reported an eviction notice was taped to the club's doors Monday and that a representative of the building lender stood in front of the club to tell members and employees about the club's closure. The newspaper added that neither Adams nor one of his representatives were present at the club Monday.
The company had a total of six clubs in operation this year. Adams' Oregon Athletic Clubs website now lists only three clubs, including the Tacoma club. The others are the West Seattle Athletic Club and the Bethany Athletic Club in Portland, OR.
Earlier this month, Adams turned over two of his Oregon Athletic Clubs—the RiverPlace and Hawthorn Farm clubs—to one of his lenders. Adams was evicted from the Duniway Athletic Club in Portland in October.
The Portland Oregonian reported two weeks ago that the owners of the Duniway club are now suing Adams for $637,899—$287,899 in back rent and $350,000 for the club's equipment and attorney's fees. The owners claim Adams removed the equipment from the club earlier this year and refused to give it back.
In recent weeks, Adams has faced several allegations, including not paying his employees, not paying state taxes and not allowing members to cancel their memberships. A source told Club Industry that Adams was behind on paying rent at both the Tacoma and West Seattle clubs.
Adams has not commented publicly on the Tacoma club situation or the recent lawsuit.
Adams, a defensive tackle, played 14 seasons for six NFL teams, most notably the Seattle Seahawks from 1994 to 1999. He was the eighth overall pick by the Seahawks in the 1994 NFL Draft. A three-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time All-Pro, Adams helped the Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl after the 2000 season.