Rogue gym owner Michael Tressel allegedly gave the owners of his gym an ultimatum: If they didn’t shut down the gym, they’d take away all the customers.
Tressels allegedly wrote in a November 2014 letter to the owner that he would not stop the gym from opening if he received no action from them.
“I have a lot of loyal customers,” Tressell allegedly wrote.
“If you don’t shut the gym down, I will be the first to leave and that’s exactly what I will do.
I am willing to sacrifice everything and everything for the gym.
If you are not willing to do that, I won’t be there for you.
If I do leave, it will be for the better for everyone.”
Tressel also allegedly told the owner he was willing to pay the owners $100,000 in damages and a restraining order to get the gym shut down.
Tressels first threatened to leave the gym after he allegedly received a threatening phone call, which prompted the owners to close the gym for the duration of the winter.
The owners also claimed that Treslsels “has been a persistent and aggressive bully,” and said that the gym is a place where children play.
The gym’s website states that it is a “great place to meet other like-minded individuals.”
“The people of this town and the people of Texas are hurting and they need a safe place to work,” Trestssel allegedly said.
“They need to be able to work at their jobs, they need to eat and they are hurting.”
Trestssels first sued the owners in October, and the court granted his motion to dismiss the case.
Trestseres claims that he’s owed over $1.2 million in damages for the injuries he sustained in the December 2015 incident.
The owners’ lawyer said that Trestsel’s threat is a clear indication that the owners were afraid of the threat of being sued by Tresseys.
“It’s clear that Mr. Trelsel wants to intimidate and bully,” said attorney Jason Stutzman.
“He has threatened to sue and then when he didn’t get anything from the city, he retaliated.”
Stutzman said that after Tressoes threat to sue the owners, the owners moved to have the case dismissed.
“This is an incredibly serious case.
There is no doubt in my mind that this was an intentional and intentional attempt to silence a free and independent exercise of religion and that is not right,” Stutzmen said.”
This is a case about religious freedom and the protection of religious freedom,” he continued.
“We will not let it be denied us and we will fight to make sure it is protected and we are not going to allow this to be ignored.”
Strossel, who was a certified trainer at the gym when the alleged threats were made, told The Texas Observer that the incident happened at the time that he had his own personal problems.
“I’m going through a divorce,” he said.
Tretsel has denied the claims, saying he was simply doing his job as a certified coach.
Tretsel, for his part, has filed a motion to strike the suit.