Mark Ingram and His Saints Teammates Got Denied at a London Nightclub for Being 'Too Urban'

Mark Ingram

Mark Ingram and His Saints Teammates Got Denied at a London Nightclub for Being 'Too Urban'

But Cirque Le Soir says the running back was turned away because of his "male-heavy entourage."

Published February 28, 2017

Imagine being denied access into the club because the establishment took a look at you and deemed that you were "too urban."

Well, that was New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram's reported reality last night, as he and some of his teammates were turned away from Cirque le Soir in London because the nightclub allegedly ruled that they were "too urban."

Ingram told TMZ Sports that he and his teammates, Sterling Moore, Vonn Bell and B.W. Webb, had reservations, but were informed upon their arrival at the door that, "they were 'six big guys' that are 'too urban' but nobody taller than 5-foot-11!!"

Wow. Wrong on so many levels.

After being denied entry, Ingram commemorated the inexplicable event by tweeting out the moment.

Since being denied, Ingram, 27, has been able to laugh off the "too urban" label and even embrace it via jokes on his Twitter account.

A Cirque Le Soir rep denied that the club told Ingram and his friends that they were "too urban," and told TMZ that the real reason the running back and his group were turned away is because they had a "male-heavy entourage."

"We proudly celebrate diversity, not only as part of our shows, but as part of who we are," a rep for the nightclub told the celebrity site. "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."

The rep added: "Discretion lies with our door staff and while we sympathize 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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Written by BET Staff

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