Hall-of-Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher made some puzzling comments about NBA players’ protests. … [+] (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has chimed in with his thoughts of the recent NBA players boycott, and it’s safe to say that he’s not a fan.
In a bizarre Instagram post that has since been deleted, the Hall-of-Fame linebacker not only ripped NBA players for boycotting the recent shooting of Jacob Blake — who was shot seven times by the police — he also compared the boycotting situation to when Brett Favre played just hours after the passing of his father during a game back in December of 2003.
Obviously, there’s a lot wrong with this post. For one, the two situations are completely different circumstances; Favre playing a football game the day his father passed was brave. But the boycotting situation pertains completely to social justice issues and the unfair treatment of African-Americans in this country — a topic that has especially a hot-button issue over recent months, especially after the passing of George Floyd due to police brutality.
It appears that Urlacher is completely missing the entire point of the NBA players’ protest — which is what athletes have been saying for years ever since Colin Kaepernick took the NFL world by storm when he started kneeling.
The lack of understanding and the ability to comprehend other peoples’ experiences is at the very root of this issue. It is driving the divisiveness that continues these very issues and leads to ignorant posts such as the one Urlacher made here.
The NBA’s postseason slate on Wednesday was postponed starting with the Milwaukee Bucks’ Game 5 matchup against the Orlando Magic. Bucks players — the tragic shooting of Blake took place in Kenosha, Wisconsin — made the decision not to take the court for their afternoon tipoff against the Magic.
The decision was later made for the remaining slate of games — the 6:30 pm matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets and the 9 pm game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers — not to take place.
NBA players ended up meeting together on Wednesday night to decide whether or not to continue protesting — which would have effectively ended the season.
In fact, it was even agreed among most Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers players to discontinue the season as a result of the recent shooting of Blake.
However, after a night’s sleep and a number of hours to re-think the decision, the NBA season will continue after players — including LeBron James — reconsidered their stance and decided it was in the best interest to continue playing.
While Thursday’s slate of NBA games won’t take place, the league hopes to resume games on Friday or Saturday, per a statement from NBA Executive Vice President Mike Bass.
“NBA playoff games for today will not played as scheduled. 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, along with representatives from the National Basketball Players Association and the league office and NBA Labor Relations Committee Chairman Michael Jordan, to discuss next steps. »
Urlacher was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2018. In fact, he was widely revered as one of the best Bears of all time, leading the team to a Super Bowl appearance while once winning Defensive Player of the Year and making it to eight Pro Bowls.
As great as Urlacher was as a player, he should probably have better awareness and understanding of key issues before addressing them next time.
And if you lack that understanding and awareness when it comes to key issues, you should just probably not say anything at all next time.
I have covered the NFL, NBA and pro wrestling for major media outlets over the past 10 years. I served as the NBA lead writer at 247 Sports and CBS Sports. Prior to my
I have covered the NFL, NBA and pro wrestling for major media outlets over the past 10 years. I served as the NBA lead writer at 247 Sports and CBS Sports. Prior to my tenure at CBS Sports, I served as the lead columnist for the Denver Broncos at Bleacher Report during the Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning era. I have covered numerous sporting events in the process, interviewing the likes of Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, Bill Belichick, LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard. Over the years, I’ve contributed my pro wrestling expertise to both Bleacher Report and Wrestling Inc. I currently work as an editor covering both the NFL and NBA at ClutchPoints.
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