Group of Bears refused entrance to nightclub
BY STELLA FOSTER Sun-Times Columnist
Clockwise from top left, Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Larry King and Israel Idonije
THE SCOOP: ANGELS AND KINGS ... BUT NO BEARS . . . OH, MY!! Every year, the veteran Chicago Bears treat the rookies to an evening of food and fun. On Monday night, Bears including 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, dined at various restaurants including Benny's Chop House on North Wabash. After eating, this entourage of ballers converged and hopped into their limos and expensive cars and headed over to the Angels and Kings nightclub at 710 N. Clark, which is co-owned by musician Pete Wentz of the band Fall Out Boy and hubby of singer Ashlee Simpson.
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." 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.
Rather than create a scene, the classy Bears took their party and "mucho money" to the Social 25 nightclub on West Hubbard, where they were received with open arms.
Boy, it is hard to believe that the Chicago Bears would be treated so unprofessionally and callously. Especially since the passersby were snapping pictures with their cell phones and were reacting to seeing so many Bears on Clark Street. After all, these were guys with big bucks to spend, and the bouncers allegedly were no angels.
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."
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