Chicago’s Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, was the target of a $100,000 theft of maintenance vehicles and equipment overnight on Wednesday, officials report.
The thieves also tore down fixed fencing erected to keep people out of the area so that they could drive the vehicles out of their enclosure.
The equipment reportedly belonged to a contractor hired by the stadium to do work on the grounds, not the Chicago Bears, the City of Chicago, or the Chicago Park District.
Several other odd incidents befell the team this week, as well.
In one case, quarterback Justin Fields implicated the coaching staff for overcoaching him after he was accused of “robotic play” on Sunday, the New York Post wrote.
“Of course, things that I didn’t like, I felt like I wasn’t necessarily playing my game. I felt like I was kind of robotic and not playing like myself,” he said Wednesday, adding, “Could be coaching, I think, but at the end of the day they’re doing their job when they’re giving me what to look at, but at the end of the day I can’t be thinking about that when the game comes.”
But even odder was the sudden resignation of defensive coordinator Alan Williams, who quit the team after rumors of a still unexplained raid by the FBI on his home and offices at the Bears’ facility, Halas Hall.
“I am taking a step back to take care of my health and family. I appreciate the opportunity to work with the Chicago Bears, a storied NFL franchise with a rich history,” Williams said in a statement, ESPN reported.
The team has denied that the feds raided Halas Hall.
Regardless, Williams’ resignation has still not been fully explained.
The Bears will return home to Soldier Field to play a Sunday, October 1 game against the Denver Broncos.
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