Jay Cutler may have thrown four interceptions to the same player last Sunday, but he wasn’t even with his Bears teammates when they were refused entrance to a Chicago club. If he were, I could maybe understand not letting the guys join the party. So there goes that theory.
Sports by Brooks highlights a rather unusual story from the Chicago Sun-Times, which reports that several Bears players were given the stop sign at the door of the Angels and Kings nightclub in downtown Chicago on Monday night. According to the report, there were 26 players in total. Among them were linebackers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs.
It was supposedly only 11:30 p.m. and the club was not overcrowded. The players also did not appear to be intoxicated, according to the Sun-Times source who was allegedly there “every step of the way.” The Bears players claim they had arranged the plans to attend the club with its head bartender in advance, so they were understandably p.o.’ed when they were told they couldn’t go in.
The clubs management is backpedaling quite a bit now. Although the group of players was racially mixed, the report says they felt they were not allowed in because there were too many African-American men with them. Since the club can really give no reason why they prevented the players from entering, that kind of looks bad from a public relations standpoint.
On Wednesday night, a spokeswoman for Angels and Kings, Cheryl V. Jackson, claimed the operations for the bar that night were in the hands of an outside vendor. Jackson said the “outside vendor” had made a mistake and the club’s relationship with them has since been terminated. As Brooks mentioned, it’s tough to believe the outside vendor can just call their own shots and has nothing to do with the club. However, I haven’t the slightest clue why the players weren’t let in, so I’m not going to speculate.