New Orleans Saints Players Denied Entry To Club For Being ‘Too Urban’

Sep 27, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) scores a touchdown in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 27, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) scores a touchdown in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports


ESPN and TMZ reports that running back Mark Ingram and three New Orleans Saints players were denied entry to a night club in London because they were too “urban”. Ingram went to Twitter to express his anger toward Cirque le Soir in Soho:

We pull up to @CirqueLeSoir where we have reservations and this is what they tell us!! @SterlingMoore @TheVonnBell7 @burtleyc @OhGi_3Dawg3 pic.twitter.com/vfKGcqUmxQ

— Mark Ingram II (@MarkIngram22) February 28, 2017

They told us they were “6 big guys” that are too “Urban” but nobody taller than 5’11!! cc:saints roster

— Mark Ingram II (@MarkIngram22) February 28, 2017

Is this what 6 big “too urban” guys look like?! @CirqueLeSoir @TheVonnBell7 @SterlingMoore @OhGi_3Dawg3 @burtleyc @Flintsbadguy #AllSmiles pic.twitter.com/fHjl9mS7Bg

— Mark Ingram II (@MarkIngram22) February 28, 2017

The club made a statement:

“All of the team at Cirque le Soir are really upset by the suggestion that there was anything malicious in our turning away of Mark Ingram and his friends from the club on Monday 27th February.

We proudly celebrate diversity, not only as part of our shows, but as part of who we are. We would not dismiss anyone as “too urban” and we would not turn anyone away on the basis of their ethnicity, sexuality or any other characteristic — other than those expressed in our door policy: As an exclusive members club, we cannot guarantee entry to anyone and full discretion always lies with the door.

… While we sympathise with Mark and his friends, we fully support our employees’ right to challenge groups that do not adhere to our door policy. Admitting an all-male group goes against our policy and is clearly stated on Facebook and on all reservation confirmation emails.”

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