A pair of Instagram posts — one posted by Brian Urlacher, the other merely “Liked” — on the shooting of Jacob Blake caused the Chicago Bears to distance themselves from their Hall of Famer on Thursday.
In one post, Urlacher posted a plain statement to his Instagram story unfavorably comparing the NBA walkouts in protest against Blake’s shooting to a performance from his old rival Brett Favre after the death of his father.
The text of the post:
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.
NBA players boycott the playoffs because a dude reaching for a knife, wanted on a felony sexual assault warrant, was shot by police.
According to Wisconsin Attorney general Josh Kaul, investigators found a knife in the footwell of Blake’s vehicle, which Blake confirmed he was in possession of. Last month, Blake was charged with third-degree sexual assault, according to online court records.
The second post in question was merely liked by Urlacher. It was a demand to free Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged with murder after allegedly shooting three protesters, killing two, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the site of Blake’s shooting.
In response to those posts, the Bears released the following statement to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio:
“The social media posts in no way reflect the values or opinions of the Chicago Bears organization,” the team said in a statement issued on Thursday night.
Urlacher’s social media activity could also have MLB repercussions, as he is reportedly part of a group spearheaded by Alex Rodriguez trying to buy the New York Mets.
In contrast to Urlacher’s expressed viewpoints, the Bears had released a statement earlier in the day saying they were pausing football activities and calling for action in the wake of Blake’s shooting.
Funnily enough, a similar story played out in college football the same day, with Notre Dame disavowing former coach Lou Holtz for questioning Joe Biden’s Catholic faith at the Republican National Convention.
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