By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Pro Football Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher has caused an uproar with an Instagram story. This has caused the Chicago Bears to denounce his actions.
Urlacher did not like it when NBA players boycotted games due to the Jacob Blake shooting. The boycott began on Wednesday, August 26th.
In his story, he posted a message that said, “Brett Favre played the (Monday Night Football) game the day his dad died, threw 4 TDs in the first half, and was a legend for playing in the face of adversity. NBA players boycott the playoffs because a dude reaching for a knife, wanted on a felony sexual assault warrant, was shot by police.”
The Bears were not pleased with his post. At this time, their relationship, it seems, is over with Urlacher over the post.
“The social media posts in no way reflect the values or opinions of the Chicago Bears organization,” the Bears said in a statement regarding the Urlacher post.
The Bears canceled practice on Thursday, as did other teams as they boycotted the Blake shooting.
“In the wake of what has taken place in our backyard of Kenosha over the last couple of days, we as a team have a lot on our mind today,” the statement said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “We decided to pause our football activities to voice to each other, our coaches and our staff where we stand on the real issues around race and police brutality in our country.
“We had a productive discussion, but we all agreed that talks and discussions are simply not enough anymore and we need action,” the lengthy statement concluded. “We are putting in plans to take action in our communities, and together we believe we can make a real difference. We need action not only today but in the days to come.”
Former Urlacher teammate Matt Forte was not pleased with Urlacher’s comments.
“The comment [Urlacher] posted is void of empathy, compassion, wisdom and coherence,” Forte said on Twitter. “But full of pride and ignorance! I pray for those who have been blinded by their wealth, privilege and earthly fame that breeds arrogance in their hearts. And those who refuse to acknowledge racism and injustice, but instead choose to place their energy into justifying it by quickly judging the victims [sic] life as if they themselves are more valuable because their sins are different or weren’t caught by man… but God sees all.”
Urlacher played for the Bears from the 2000 season through the 2012 season. He also made eight Pro Bowls in his career.
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