NFL Hall of Famer Blasts “Woke” NBA Players Over Boycott
Brian Urlacher, the Hall of Fame linebacker who played for the Chicago Bears, took to Instagram on Thursday to call out players in the NBA who boycotted a game during the playoffs over the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., according to reports.
A post on the former player’s account pointed to Brett Favre, the legendary quarterback, and how he played in a Monday Night Football game the same day that his father died and tossed four touchdowns in the first half, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“NBA players boycott the playoffs because a dude reaching for a knife, wanted on [a] felony sexual assault warrant, was shot by police,” his account posted.
Blake was shot seven times by police officers after video appeared to show him lean into an SUV while disregarding the cops. One of the officers, identified as Rusten Sheskey, said the Blake admitted to having a “knife in his possession.”
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The shooting led to deadly protests in the lakeside city and President Trump to send federal officers to quell the violence.
The Milwaukee Bucks announced Wednesday that the team would boycott the game, which was followed by the league announcing that all three games would be postponed.
LeBron James, the Los Angeles Laker and one of the top players in the league, has been a critic of racial injustice and wrote on Twitter earlier, “F—K THIS MAN!!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT.”
Todd Starnes, the host of the “Todd Starnes Show,” has been critical of the NBA and James, in particular.
“Do you think the @NBA would’ve suspended games tonight if the #Kenosha suspect would’ve stabbed the police officer to death?” he asked on Twitter.
Starnes has also criticized James for losing his moxie when it comes to human-rights abuses in China, which could threaten his bank account.
Reports also indicated that Urlacher weighed in on the killings that took place this week during the violence in Kenosha. He reportedly liked a post from an Instagram account that called for the release of Kyle Rittenhouse, the teen accused of firing the deadly shots.
Video from the protests, in one instance, appears to show Rittenhouse being chased by protesters and assaulted before opening fire.