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
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
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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