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NBA players came together to boycott Wednesday's playoff games following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin, but former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher isn't impressed. Criticizing the players for standing up for police brutality, he compared their protest with the time former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre played the day his dad passed away.
"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," he wrote on his Instagram Story. "NBA players boycott the playoffs because a dude reaching for a knife, wanted on a felony sexual assault warrant, was shot by police."
The comments come not long after Urlacher allegedly liked a post on Instagram in support of 17-year-old shooter Kyle Rittenhouse, who fatally shot two protesters and seriously injured another. Rittenhouse has since been arrested in his hometown of Antioch, Illinois and charged with first-degree murder. In videos that circulated on social media, he could be seen opening fire on the protesters.
The Bears released a statement distancing themselves from comments, writing, "The social media posts in no way reflect the values or opinions of the Chicago Bears organization."
Check out other reactions to Urlacher's controversial comments below.
Brian Urlacher equated a Black man being shot by police with dying of natural causes because in America, police killing Black people has always been a natural cause. https://t.co/ThbylBlbRA— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) August 27, 2020
And To think I used to cheer for this dude as he played for my Bears!! Fuck outta here Urlacher!! U trippin! https://t.co/r9P4xmQObX— Quentin Richardson (@QRich) August 27, 2020
Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher showing his former teammates his true colors. That locker room ain't as anti-racist as coaches and players like to romanticize it to be. https://t.co/uIv6xWSjdL— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) August 27, 2020
Brian Urlacher a sucka!!— Miles Bridges (@MilesBridges) August 27, 2020
It was nice of Brian Urlacher to let every black teammate he ever played with know their lives aren't worth shit. Also, FYI, the knife was found after he'd been shot. The cops who shot him didn't know about, or see, it. Also, cops are supposed to arrest, not kill, people. pic.twitter.com/W3SoQuGkzq— Bill McCormick (@BillMcSciFi) August 27, 2020
There are a lot more Brian Urlacher's out there..— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) August 27, 2020
Wisconsin State Attorney General Josh Kaul told reporters this week that Blake admitted he had a knife on him as officers arrived at the scene, and the authorities later found a knife on the Floorboard of his vehicle. "In the vehicle he did not have a weapon," added attorney Patrick Salvi Jr. on Wednesday. "I can't speak directly to what he owned, but what I can say is his three children were in the car and that was in the front of his mind. That is the most important thing to him in his life: his family and his children."