Brian Urlacher slams NBA players over boycott protest
Brian Urlacher recently took to social media to condemn NBA players for boycotting Wednesday’s slate of playoff games to protest the recent shooting of Jacob Blake by police officers in Kenosha, Wisc. To suggest Urlacher’s take on the situation is a controversial one, not to mention rhetorically specious, is arguably an understatement.
The former Chicago Bears linebacker and 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee shared in an Instagram story how NBA players can’t compare to Brett Favre, who once played a game shortly after his dad passed away.
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“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 on Instagram, as transcribed by the Chicago Sun-Times. “NBA players boycott the playoffs because a dude reaching for a knife, wanted on [a] felony sexual assault warrant, was shot by police.”
Favre did in fact start for the Packers on Dec. 23, 2003 and helped the team beat the Raiders on “Monday Night Football.” However, Favre’e heroics came the day after his father Irvin died of a heart attack, not the same day, as Urlacher suggests.
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard are believed to have led the charge Wednesday night in arguing players should boycott the rest of the postseason entirely in light of the Blake incident and subsequent fallout, aftermath and outrage.
Blake, an unarmed Black man, was shot seven times in the back by officers in front of his children. It inspired widespread outrage among players, not to mention coaches, in the NBA bubble in Orlando, Fla.
The decision to boycott Wednesday’s slate of three postseason games of course became a polarizing issue, with even members of the Donald Trump administration condemning and/or mocking the players’ actions.
NBA players ultimately agreed Thursday to restart the postseason, per reports, but three playoff games scheduled for Thursday have been postponed as well. Play is expected to resume Friday or perhaps Saturday, per the latest reporting.