Bears ‘Felt’ Chicago Club Ban Rooted In Racism?

Stella Foster of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES reports today that Monday night a large group of Chicago Bears players were refused entrance to a Chicago nightclub co-owned by Pete Wentz of the musical group Fall Out Boy.

Angels and Kings

Despite being intercepted at the door of “Angels and Kings”, the group of Bears did not include Jay Cutler. Foster reports the following players were in tow that night:

Brian Urlacher (and his brother Casey), Hunter Hillenmeyer, Israel Idonije, Corey Wootton, Garrett Wolfe, Pisa Tinoisamoa, Danieal Manning, Khalil Bell, Henry Melton, Barry Turner, J’Marcus Webb, Craig Steltz, Anthony Adams, Frank Omiyale, Earl Bennett, D.J. Moore, Devin Aromashodu, Rashied Davis, Nick Roach, Lance Briggs, Corey Graham, Desmond Clark, Chris Harris, Tim Jennings, Brandon Manumaleuna and other teammates.

While on the surface the blockage might seen a little amusing, Foster has one detail that is obviously causing Simpson and Wentz much consternation.


Foster:

According to my inside source, who was on the scene every step of the way, they were all refused entrance to the club by three bouncers on the door, and no reason was given for not allowing Chicago’s home team to go inside to party. Also, the club was not packed at that time, which was 11:30 at night, and the fellas were not intoxicated. The source said, “The Bears were angry and hurt and felt disrespected because the arrangements were OKd by the head bartender at the club in advance.”

So why were the ballers refused entrance? This is where it gets ugly:

Though it was a racially mixed group of players, my source said the Bears felt they weren’t let in because there were too many African-American men.

The club is now in full-on damage control mode, claiming that a mistake was made by an “outside vendor” and that the establishment has discontinued its association with the individuals involved with blocking the players.

Late Wednesday night, a spokeswoman for Angels and Kings told Sun-Times reporter Cheryl V. Jackson: “Every Monday night, operations of the bar are turned over to an outside vendor who hosts special events. We understand that this Monday night, members of the Chicago Bears were not admitted to the venue. We have terminated our relationship with the outside vendor. We take these allegations very seriously, will continue to investigate the facts and will apologize to those individuals who were involved.”

There’s no disputing that clubs do partner with outside companies to promote certain evenings, but it’s absurd to think that there were no people representing the interests of the club owners when the NFL players were turned away.

It is interesting though to contemplate what would’ve happened had the Bears been undefeated when they attempted to enter the club Monday. Though from what Foster reported, may well not have made a difference.