The recent devastating situation involving 29-year-old Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has created a stronger push for social change. It has seen an intense outpouring from many sports leagues issuing a call for action. That has also generated a response from Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher with a controversial stance on the entire situation. It didn’t take long for the Chicago Bears to issue a statement that pushes them away from Urlacher.
Brian Urlacher blasts the NBA’s boycott due to the Jacob Blake Shooting
Over the last several days, the sports world has reacted strongly to the near-fatal shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.
There has been an overwhelmingly steady sense of frustration regarding the situation and continued social issues. However, some voiced sentiment in the other direction as Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher criticized the NBA for boycotting due to the incident. (H/T Marc Carig of The Athletic)
“Brett Favre played the MNF game the day his dad died [sic], threw 4 TDs in the first half and was a legend for playing in the face of adversity. NBA players boycott the playoffs because a dude reaching for a knife, wanted on [a] felony sexual assault warrant, was shot by police.”
Urlacher is referencing fellow Hall of Famer Brett Favre playing a Monday Night Football game after his father passed away. However, these two situations are entirely different that has seen the former Bears star draw plenty of backlash for his comments. That has also led the franchise he once played for to make a strong statement regarding his social media post.
Bears distance themselves from Brian Urlacher
In the brief time since Brian Urlacher made his now-deleted Instagram post concerning the Jacob Blake shooting, he has received heavy criticism for his comments.
That has seen plenty of backlash over social media with the bulk centered on his remarks being insensitive. With that in mind, the Chicago Bears released a statement on Thursday voicing that Urlacher’s social media posts don’t reflect the belief and values that the franchise holds.
“The social media posts in no way reflect the values or opinions of the Chicago Bears organization.”
The Bears continue to work diligently to stay in line with the sentiment expressed by the rest of the franchises in the NFL. Chicago didn’t remove themselves from being associated with Urlacher but instead distanced away from his perspective on the matter.
Bears align with the rest of the NFL over Jacob Blake Shooting
In the first few days since the Jacob Blake shooting, there has been a strong response from many sports leagues across the United States.
Following the NBA players’ decision to boycott their playoffs over the last few days, other major sports leagues such as the MLB, WNBA, and MLS have gone the same route. The NFL doesn’t have their 2020 season in session, but it saw several teams elect to cancel practice on Thursday.
In conjunction with that, many organizations have issued a press release to express the need to create social change. The Bears also went that direction with their statement, echoing the call for action in their communities to stop racial issues and police brutality.
There has been a collective sense across all the sports industries in the United States to bring greater attention to the Black community’s social issues. All that has set the table for more action to come from these leagues to help generate change.