Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey said Thursday when he read former Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher's controversial Instagram posts last month, he couldn't believe they were from Urlacher.
"My first thought was that maybe his account had been hacked," McCaskey said on a Zoom call. He said he has been attempting to speak with Urlacher directly.
The Bears organization distanced itself from Urlacher after his incendiary social media post Aug. 27, where he criticized NBA players after playoff games were postponed in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blake was shot seven times in the back and is paralyzed from the waist down.
Urlacher wrote on his Instagram story in August: “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 on a felony sexual assault warrant, was shot by police.”
Bears chairman says he wants to speak to former player Brian Urlacher about his posts on social media. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports)
The Favre game Urlacher was referring to took place the day after the Hall of Fame quarterback's father passed — not the day of — in 2003. Additionally, the investigation of the Blake shooting determined there was a knife under the floorboard of his car, but there is no indication he was "reaching" for it prior to being shot.
"We've reached out to Brian," McCaskey said. "I'd like to talk to him. We haven't connected yet. Having known him for 20 years and knowing the type of person he is, I’m not going to judge him until I talk to him.”
McCaskey replaced his brother, Michael McCaskey, as Bears chairman in 2011. Urlacher retired in 2012 as an eight-time Pro Bowler.
Contributing: Chris Bumbaca
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