Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher hasn’t seen his name crop up recently due to matters regarding the game of football. Urlacher has been involved in some questionable situations on social media that caught much scrutiny. His name is back in the news after Donald Trump granted the former Chicago Bears great’s family a substantial last-second favor before his presidency ended.
Brian Urlacher involved in social media controversy
Brian Urlacher has garnered much of the public spotlight over the last year, but it hasn’t been for things related to his Hall of Fame career.
Last August, the former Bears great made some puzzling comments that criticized NBA players for boycotting playoff games after the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
According to NBC 5 Chicago, Urlacher liked an Instagram post asking to “Free Kyle Rittenhouse,” the 17-year-old suspected in the shooting deaths of two people during the protests in Kenosha that month.
These situations led to the Bears organization choosing to send a press release stating that the 42-year-old’s stance doesn’t reflect the franchise’s beliefs. It also saw his former longtime teammate Matt Forte voiced over social media his disappointment toward Urlacher’s comments and actions. Fellow former teammate Lance Briggs also shared Forte’s stance on the matter.
Despite all that, Urlacher earned a huge family favor that Donald Trump granted before his presidential term ended.
Brian Urlacher’s support for Donald Trump earns last-second family favor
Over the last several months, Brian Urlacher’s support for now-former President Donald Trump has become quite clear.
Urlacher’s unwavering backing for Trump has turned into a significant family favor being granted. According to Liz Roscher of Yahoo Sports, the 45th president conducted a last-second favor by pardoning former Bears great’s brother Casey Urlacher before his presidency ended this week.
“President Trump granted a full pardon to Casey Urlacher,” The White House press release stated.” This pardon is supported by his friends and family, and countless members of his community. Mr. Urlacher has been charged with conspiracy to engage in illegal gambling.
“Throughout his life, Mr. Urlacher has been committed to public service and has consistently given back to his community. Currently, Mr. Urlacher serves as the unpaid Mayor of Mettawa, Illinois. He is a devoted husband to his wife and a loving father to his 17-month old daughter.”
The 41-year-old is currently the mayor of Mettawa, Illinois, and was charged last year along with several others as part of a sports gambling case that could have resulted in time served in federal prison. Urlacher had allegedly aided Vincent DelGiudice to operate an illegal multi-million dollar sports gambling ring that had involved up to 1,000 gamblers.
He chose to plead not guilty to one count of participating in the gambling conspiracy and one count of running an illegal gambling business. The pardon now avoids any further legal punishment due to his involvement in the situation.
The belief is that Brian Urlacher spoke to Trump about it in March 2020, shortly after his brother was indicted. Casey was the only person in that gambling case to receive a pardon as the nine others are still facing charges.
Where do things go from here
The pardon from Donald Trump should guide his brother away from other further legal problems.
Brian Urlacher has an outspoken persona over social media and remains involved with the NFL. His Pro Football Hall of Fame induction keeps him in the league circle for the rest of his life.
His comments distanced him from the Bears, but time will get him back into a stable standing with the organization. Nonetheless, Urlacher will continue to have a connection to the NFL.