While his former team was making a statement by not practicing Thursday, former Bears star Brian Urlacher was making one of his own.
Writing on Instagram, the team’s most recent Pro Football Hall of Fame player — and onetime face of the franchise for more than a decade — demeaned NBA players’ Wednesday night playoff boycott by unfavorably comparing it to a Packers legend’s performance.
Quarterback Brett Favre starred for the Packers on Dec. 23, 2003, beating the Raiders on “Monday Night Football” the day after his father, Irvin, died of a heart attack.
“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,” wrote the author of the official 54Urlacher account, which is verified by Instagram. “NBA players boycott the playoffs because a dude reaching for a knife, wanted on [a] felony sexual assault warrant, was shot by police.”
NBA players did not play in Wednesday night’s postseason games — or Thursday’s, either — to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in the back by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blake, who survived, is an Evanston Township High School alum.
Urlacher’s Instagram account also appeared to “like” a post that called for the freeing of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old Antioch resident charged with first-degree homicide, among other charges, after killing two people and injuring a third during Tuesday night protests in Kenosha. The post featured a picture of Rittenhouse holding an assault rifle with the phrase “patriot lives matter” written beneath it. The Sun-Times viewed screenshots of the “like” but could not independently verify it via Instagram because the original poster’s account is set to private. Urlacher, though, follows the person who posted the message.
Inside linebacker Josh Woods was asked on Twitter on Thursday afternoon if the Bears talked among themselves about Urlacher’s post.
From 2000-12, Urlacher reached eight Pro Bowls was named both a Defensive Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018, his first year of eligibility. The Bears feted him at Soldier Field the following month, marking the first time he’d returned to the stadium since his playing days.
Former teammate Matt Forte didn’t mince words when Tweeting about Urlacher‘s post. He wrote it was “void of empathy, compassion, wisdom and coherence. But full of pride and ignorance.”
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The suspect was described as a 20 to 30-year-old man standing 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-9 and 150-170 pounds.
Grosskreutz, 26, of West Allis, will need reconstructive surgery after taking a bullet to the bicep, a close family friend said.
Shawn Bishop, 27, was involved in a crash about 3:45 p.m. in the 700 block of Willow Court, according to the Lake County, Indiana, coroner’s office.
Kyle Rittenhouse faces charges of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of first-degree reckless homicide, one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment.
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