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Bears’ Brian Urlacher caught ‘liking’ post praising alleged Kenosha protest shooter Kyle Rittenhouse

Brian Urlacher, Kyle Rittenhouse, Bears

Retired Chicago Bears legendary linebacker Brian Urlacher is in hot water for his social media activity on Thursday.

The United States is reeling from the latest attack on black life in the form of the Kenosha, Wisconsin, shooting by law enforcement, which paralyzed a father in Jacob Blake. Protests erupted this week, later seeing demonstrators shot by alleged perpetrator in Kyle Rittenhouse, who was arrested.

An Instagram post praising Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old resident of Antioch, Illinois, who traveled to Kenosha armed, calling him a “patriot” was liked by Urlacher.

The sports world is currently gripping from the most recent wave of outrage after police shot the Wisconsin resident Jacob Blake. Yesterday saw the Milwaukee Bucks—Kenosha’s closest NBA team—protest and not play in their scheduled playoff game against the Orlando Magic. Members of the Magic walked off the court before tip-off, and the subsequent two NBA playoff games were canceled as a result.

The WNBA showed true courage in demonstrating, kneeling, and wearing haunting shirts featuring replica bullet holes in the back—seven holes for the number of times Blake was shot by Kenosha police.

Further, the MLB saw three games canceled on Wednesday, including the Milwaukee Brewers absent from play.

It has been a turbulent time in the U.S., and the former Bears Pro Bowler and Defensive Player of the Year has not been afraid to be political. However, Urlacher’s politics have emerged as dangerous given the attention to Rittenhouse—a real life domestic terrorist who is in police custody now and charged with homicide.

Brian Urlacher, 42, also posted on Instagram a copy of text expressing how former Green Bay Packers rival Brett Favre playing in an NFL game after his dad passed away, in an attempt to juxtapose that grief with NBA players striking during the playoffs.