ESSENDON has played down an incident involving ruckman Tom Bellchambers and an unpaid restaurant bill as "not a big issue".

A report was made on Melbourne radio station 3AW on Wednesday morning that two Essendon players had left an Albert Park restaurant without paying their bill.

In a scene reminiscent of the Jim Carrey film Dumb and Dumber, the players reportedly told staff that two young women eating at the restaurant would pay their bill, which wasn't the case.

Coach Mark Thompson shed some light on the incident on Wednesday afternoon and said it had been dealt with by the club.

"We take it seriously and we know all the facts. Even though it's a unfortunate thing to happen, there wasn't much in it," Thompson said.

"I've filled my car up with petrol and driven away without paying the bill.

"That's all been handled. It shouldn't have happened and we're not happy but there was no intent.

"I think [Bellchambers] had been at the restaurant, knew the owner, and had eaten there a lot of times so it's not a big issue."

The other player involved is believed to be Cale Hooker.

Thompson said the outstanding money had been paid back to the restaurant.

Adelaide star Patrick Dangerfield was quick to tweet his support for the Essendon players.