Brian Urlacher, a former linebacker for the Chicago Bears, just called out NBA players for boycotting their playoff games this past week.
Urlacher took to Instagram on Thursday and shared a meme/post that compared football star Brett Favre playing on the day his dad died to the current situation.
“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,” the post shared on Urlacher’s Instagram story said. “NBA players boycott the playoffs because a dude reaching for his knife, wanted on a felony sexual assault warrant, was shot by police.”
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 27, 2020
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This comes after NBA players recently launched a boycott over the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin last Sunday. During a league-wide meeting Wednesday, the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers voted to end the season entirely, while other teams voted to play on, according to the Daily Caller. All three games on Wednesday were canceled after the Milwaukee Bucks and other teams decided to boycott over Blake’s shooting.
The NBA then claimed that the league hopes to restart the playoffs on Friday or Saturday.
“NBA playoff games for today will not be played as scheduled,” NBA Executive Vice President Mike Bass said in a statement on Thursday. “We are hopeful to resume games either Friday or Saturday. There is a video conference call meeting scheduled later this afternoon between a group of NBA players and team governors representing the 13 teams in Orlando…”
The NBA issued the following statement pic.twitter.com/8xvdWFoq3C
— NBA (@NBA) August 27, 2020
After Urlacher’s Instagram story went viral, the Bears attempted to distance themselves from him.
“The social media posts in no way reflect the values or opinions of the Chicago Bears organization,” the team said in a statement.
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Former Bears running back Matt Forte took to Twitter to blast Urlacher for his comments.
“The comment @BUrlacher54 posted is void of empathy, compassion, wisdom and coherence,” Forte said. “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 life as if they themselves are more valuable because their sins are different or weren’t caught by man… but God sees all,” he added. “End Racism and injustice #byanymeansnecessary.”