Raleigh, NC -- A black patron says a bar owner put him in a headlock and threw him out of his bar last weekend.
And, this isn't the first time Todd Chriscoe, general manager of the Downtown Sports Bar and Grill in Raleigh, has been accused of this sort of behavior, according to WRAL.
Chriscoe was the subject of a 2001 WRAL investigative report on another bar he owned, The Office. WRAL sent a white couple and a black couple, both in identical outfits, to the club.
The white couple, who said they didn't have a membership, were admitted and told they could purchase a membership inside the door. The black couple, however, was told they couldn't come in and that the memberships could only be purchased during the day, a process that required three days for processing.
Chriscoe claimed the treatment had nothing to do with race.
The Office closed in 2009.
Jonathan Wall, a graduate assistant at UNC-Chapel Hill says he ran into a problem with Chriscoe at the Downtown Sports Bar and Grill last weekend.
Wall, 21, says he and a friend went to the bar early Sunday morning and were initially told they couldn't go in because the bar required a membership.
Once inside, Wall says, he was quickly confronted by Chriscoe, the bar's general manager, who told him he had to "buy a drink or leave."
Wall says there were no other black patrons in his area. When he explained that he was waiting for his friend to use the restroom, he says, Chriscoe put him in a headlock and forced him out of the bar.
The bar has denied Wall's claims.
The bar's attorney says its liquor license requires the bar to be a private club that limits access to members and guests, by law.
The state NAACP plans to help Wall's supporters organize a large protest, possibly next weekend.
Chriscoe declined to comment on the allegations when approached by WRAL Friday.