Brian Urlacher Criticizes NBA Players for Boycotting Playoffs, Likes Post Supporting Kenosha Shooting Suspect


    Former Chicago Bears linebacker
    Brian Urlacher took
    to Instagram Thursday to compare the NBA boycotting playoff games on Wednesday
    to a performance by a former Green Bay Packers quarterback.

    “Brett Favre played the MNF game
    the day his dad died, threw 4 TDs in the first half, and was a legend for
    playing in the face of adversity,” Urlacher’s post read. “NBA players boycott
    the playoffs because a dude reaching for a knife, wanted on a felony sexual assault
    warrant, was shot by police.”

    On Wednesday, players from six NBA teams refused to play
    postseason games in an act of protest amid the shooting by police in
    Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday of Jacob
    Blake, a Black man, apparently in the back while three of his children
    looked on.

    Urlacher was also found
    to have liked
    an Instagram post calling to “free Kyle Rittenhouse,” the 17-year-old from
    Antioch, IL suspected in the shooting deaths of two people during protests in Kenosha
    on Tuesday.

    As the NBA and
    several other teams, leagues and athletes came to a halt in acts of solidarity,
    so too did Urlacher’s former team on Thursday.

    Chicago Bears players « decided to pause our football
    activities, » the players said in a statement tweeted by the team.

    « 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, » Bears players said. « 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

    « We had a productive discussion, but we all agreed
    that talks and discussions are simply not enough anymore and we need action. 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. »

    The Bears’ practice was
    scheduled to begin at 9:20 a.m. At around 9:15, representatives for the team
    asked members of the media to leave Halas Hall in north suburban Lake Forest,
    telling reporters there was a « schedule change » and that the team
    would provide more details when they were available.

    Several other teams canceled practices Thursday as well,
    including the Indianapolis Colts, the New York Jets, the Washington Football
    Team, the Tennessee Titans, the Arizona Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers,
    according to ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter.

    The Milwaukee Bucks were the
    first to opt not to take the floor in Wednesday’s playoff game with the Orlando
    Magic, which led the league to postpone all three of the evening’s games. The
    Bucks’ statement, read by players Wednesday night, called in part for the
    Wisconsin legislature to pass a package of police reforms and urged citizens to
    vote in November.


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