The Funk was hanging with Star editorialist Yael Abouhalkah in the post midnight hours Saturday when the reported stabbings and 20-person melee went down. It was what Funkhouser refers to jokingly as Yael & Funk’s Excellent Adventure.
“Well, I wanted to go down and see what was happening,” Funkhouser says.
The highlight of their Odd Couple Adventure went down after 2 a.m. when they were hanging at the Lucky Strike bowling alley.
“Right when we were getting ready to leave we saw some people being ushered out,” Funk says. “Including a six foot tall Aisan kid who looked like he had been punched and his girlfriend who was just sobbing profusely. I mean, she was out of control screaming and crying, and she’d been hit in the face and was bleeding from the face. And I just sort of stood there to see what was going to happen next. The Asian kid was injured and obvioulsy very angry and upset, and he couldn’t figure out whether to go back in there or stay and comfort his girlfriend. Then the Kansas City police ushered an African American kid out that seemed to be the perpetrator. And when Yael and I were leaving the parking garage there were a whole lot of emergency vehicles.”
The $64 million question: was it a bowling date, as P&L District sources claimed?
“No,” Funk says. “I’ve bowled probably 10 times in my whole life.”
Rather it was “a friendly mission” to check out the Power & Fight District’s late night action, Funkhouser says.