NBA players respond to Brian Urlacher calling out playoff protest
Retired Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher criticized NBA players for refusing to take the floor for playoff games, and did so by drawing a false equivalence between Brett Favre playing football after his father passed away with the societal issues of racism and police brutality.
“Brett Favre played the [Monday Night Football] game the day his dad died, 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 for felony sexual assault warrant, was shot by police,” read a message Urlacher posted on his Instagram story, referring to Favre’s famous “Monday Night Football” performance and the recent shooting of Jacob Blake.
Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot seven times in the back by police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin, as he approached his car carrying his three children. There was a knife in the car that was later found. Blake is currently facing a third-degree sexual assault charge.
On Dec. 22, 2003, Favre threw for 311 yards and led the Green Bay Packers to victory over the Oakland Raiders one day after his dad suffered a fatal heart attack.
On Thursday, a slew of NBA players responded to Urlacher as screenshots of the linebackers’ misguided post began circulating social media.
Chicago native and former Miami Heat and Bulls shooting guard Dwyane Wade was not “surprised” by Urlacher’s social media activity.
Are we really surprised tho? https://t.co/ixEQwRiXBH
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 27, 2020
Urlacher earned a clown face emoji from Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan.
— DeAndre Jordan 🐺 (@DeAndre) August 27, 2020
“Dude had one too many concussions,” New Orleans Pelicans guard Josh Hart tweeted, in seeming response to Brian Urlacher.
Dude had one too many concussions
— Josh Hart (@joshhart) August 27, 2020
“That’s sad … He’s a real life sucka for that,” wrote veteran Isaiah Thomas a two-time All-Star and free agent point guard.
That’s sad smh. He’s a real life sucka for that https://t.co/la1mHOpyCt
— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) August 27, 2020
Miles Bridges of the Charlotte Hornets echoed Thomas’ sentiments:
Brian Urlacher a sucka!!
— Miles Bridges (@MilesBridges) August 27, 2020
Urlacher’s Instagram account also drew attention Thursday for a “like” of a post calling Kyle Rittenhouse a “patriot.” Rittenhouse, 17, allegedly fired on protestors with a semi-automatic rifle, killing two people and seriously injuring a third. He was arrested on Wednesday and faces a first-degree murder charge.