CHICAGO — A cop who was caught on tape "lube wrestling" and had worked as a bouncer at a nightclub while on convalescent leave was fired from the Chicago Police Department, the Sun-Times reported Tuesday.
Johnathan Maynard, 34, violated department rules when he was a fill-in bouncer for Hydrate, a gay club at 3458 N. Halsted St., as well as Halsted's Bar and Grill a few doors down, between June 2008 and October 2009, the Sun-Times reported.
On Nov. 22, 2007, Maynard was taped "lube wrestling" at Hydrate, the Sun-Times reported.
The side jobs and wrestling occurred when the 11-year veteran was on convalescent leave after he injured his knee on-duty and later when he suffered injuries to his head and back in separate accidents, the paper reported.
Maynard said he wasn't paid for the security work, but an ex-boyfriend who is the chief operating officer of the club showed the board records that Maynard was paid, according to the Sun-Times.
Maynard told the paper he plans to sue the city to get his job back. He also said he was bullied by his supervisors in the Town Hall District for being gay.
“There are people on the job who did much more serious things they were proven to do, compared to the less serious things I was accused of doing, and they kept their jobs,” Maynard told the Sun-Times.
The firing comes after the department's so-called crackdown on officers abusing the department's medical policy, the Sun-Times reported.