Brian Urlacher under fire for social media response to NBA boycott


    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – While NBA players refused to play following the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, former Lobo star and NFL Hall-of-Famer, Brian Urlacher, took to social media to weigh in on the issue. Urlacher’s stance has caused outrage among fans as well as current and former Lobos.

    Brian Urlacher has certainly left his mark on UNM football. “Out of every Lobo, he’s probably the number one person that’s name gets mentioned out of everybody,” says Lamar Jordan, Former Lobo Quarterback.

    But the former Lobo and Chicago Bears linebacker is receiving some backlash for a post on his Instagram story regarding the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. Some fans even throwing away their Urlacher gear. “I liked Brian so man, I’m going to have to give that a thumbs down. I don’t like what he said,” says Elijah Cook.

    The post reads in part: “Brett Favre played the day his dad died, threw four touchdowns in the first half. NBA players boycott the playoffs because a dude reaching for a knife wanted on a felony sexual assault warrant was shot by police.”

    “His comparison to what Brett Farve had to deal with with his father isn’t the same as a man getting shot seven times in the back while his kids are in the car,” says Lobo Receiver Elijah Lily.

    Former and current Lobos say they’re disappointed in someone they spent their time in New Mexico looking up to. “This is not a time to try to compare someone else’s hurt to this person’s. He did this and you guys did that, you can’t tell us how to react to certain things. You can’t tell us how we feel,” says Former Lobo Safety Bijon Parker.

    Others say he has the right to voice his opinion just like the players have a right to boycott. “What Urlacher’s done is the same thing he did too. As a citizen, and as a prominent citizen, is inserting his political views into the discussion. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that,” says UNM Communication Professor David Weiss.

    In the public eye, once you stand your ground, “You have to be aware about how your comments will be received both by people who might agree with you as well as those who don’t,” Weiss says.

    News 13 reached out to Urlacher for comment and did not hear back. NBA players have decided to continue the playoffs. Those games could resume Friday or Saturday.

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Parents are coming up with new ways to educate their children at home. Learning pods have become a popular option. Parents say that there is no way they could juggle their own schedules, plus their kids’ without it.

    Four kids in three grades from two schools are all learning under one roof. « It is pretty chaotic, » parent Jessie Hunt said. « We converted our playroom into a classroom, » Hunt said. « The kids have their own cubbies and boxes with all their work. »

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Public Schools made the decision last week to continue with online learning through the end of the year. But will the new, improved designation for Bernalillo County tempt APS to change their minds and bring kids back with the hybrid model?

    News 13 talked to the APS superintendent Thursday evening. He reminded us of the pressures that led to the decision in the first place. « I just think it’s important for people to remember that the board made that decision really acting on survey data, information they were receiving from parents and teachers that were writing to them. They received hundreds of emails, » said Scott Elder, APS acting superintendent.

    More record heat is in store across parts of New Mexico Friday as high pressure moves into the southern part of the state. Isolated storm chances return in the afternoon.

    High pressure will begin moving into southern New Mexico today. Record and near record high temperatures will be likely across parts of the state. Storms will develop across the high terrain again, but move to the north and east. A better chance for storms will move into northeastern New Mexico, aided by a backdoor cold front into Friday evening. This front will keep temperatures cooler into the weekend and into next week.


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