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A strange story involving an ex-White Sox official and a gay bar

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Not that there's anything wrong with it, but if you attended a White Sox game or bought any Pale Hose memorabilia in the past few years, you may have been indirectly funding a gay bar in Phoenix.

According to a Chicago Tribune investigation into the ever-growing bonus skimming scandal, an ex-White Sox team official named Dave Wilder may have used profits allegedly pilfered from Latin America to open an uber-popular gathering spot for gay men in the Valley of the Sun.

Wilder, who was fired by the Sox last May because of allegations he was keeping Dominican player bonuses, refused to discuss the story or his unfortunately-named "Club Burn" with the paper.

From the Trib:

As Wilder was ascending through the Sox organization, he was pursuing a costly dream of owning a nightclub in Phoenix.

According to documents obtained by the Tribune, Wilder in November 2006 opened a night spot, Club Burn, that operated "at a great loss" despite being voted Phoenix's top gay bar in 2007. Records show it lost about $570,000 in a matter of months and closed its doors in January 2008.

In a brief telephone interview, Wilder disputed how much money he lost on Club Burn. He declined to discuss the allegations that cost him his Sox job and then hung up the phone.

I should never say never, but I'm willing to bet that the Stew will never have a stranger story again. That it involves the team that is led by a guy who once slurred Jay Marriotti and features some fans who wear t-shirts like this one and this one only makes it weirder.

Now let us wait until Sean Penn tells us his thoughts on the whole thing.

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