It's hard to imagine a crowd of millionaire athletes eager for a night out would not be allowed into a nightclub, but that's what happened when group of 20-odd Bears players showed up at Angels and Kings Nightclub at 710 N. Clark to celebrate "rookie night" on Monday.
Although they had informed club personnel of their arrival, they were not allowed into the establishment.
"If it's a private event, let us know and we'll move on," linebacker Lance Briggs said. "If it's not, let us in. We're paying customers, and I'm pretty sure on Rookie Night, you're going to get extra dough."
A spokesperson for the club told the Sun-Times that the club is run by an outside vendor who hosts special events on Monday night. The spokesperson apologized and also said the club's relationship with the vendor has been terminated.
After being turned away, players went to another club instead.
"I don't know what happened," defensive lineman Israel Idonije said. "We do rookie night every year. It's a lot of fun. It's a night for all the guys to get out and get together and enjoy themselves, have a good time. Angels & Kings is a great establishment. I've been there. Great people run that place. It was probably just a case of miscommunication. "