Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher made headlines for all the wrong reasons when he randomly spoke against NBA players boycotting games in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake.
It appears both his former team and teammates are now doing what they can to distance themselves from him.
Urlacher posted a text on his Instagram story where he made a comparison of the adversity between Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre and NBA players protesting the playoffs in the aftermath of Blake’s shooting.
“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 said in a since-deleted Instagram post. “NBA players boycott the playoffs because a dude reaching for a knife, wanted on a felony sexual assault warrant, was shot by police.”
Ex-Bears running back and former teammate Matt Forte took to Twitter and blasted the ‘ignorance’ of Urlacher:
“The comment [Urlacher] posted is void of empathy, compassion, wisdom and coherence. But full of pride and ignorance!” Forte tweeted. “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.”
Forte and Urlacher played on the Bears together from 2008-12.
On Thursday, the Chicago Bears organization distanced itself from Brian Urlacher:
“The social media posts in no way reflect the values or opinions of the Chicago Bears organization.”
Urlacher had spent his entire 13-year NFL career with the Bears from 2000-12, earning eight Pro Bowl selections.