Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is one of the greatest players and most respected figures in the franchise’s history. After his recent comments about the protests surrounding the killing of George Floyd, Urlacher has fallen out of favor with the Bears faithful and other NFL fans.
Urlacher shared his thoughts about Donald Trump’s press conference about the protests that have ensued after Floyd’s killing.
Brian Urlacher has weighed in. pic.twitter.com/Re1sYwDiYC
— Jason Goff (@Jason1Goff) June 2, 2020
Urlacher’s comments rubbed many the wrong way, and for good reason.
remember that he’s the father of a black son. https://t.co/9A77O8fNwi
— bomani (@bomani_jones) June 2, 2020
As a result of the outrage, one fan decided that he would exchange an Urlacher jersey for some Tarik Cohen threads.
Switched out my Brian Urlacher Jersey for Tarik Cohen jersey. I’ll never wear that Urlacher jersey again. Y’all think I’m playing…..but I’m so serious pic.twitter.com/MSRC0N7qgQ
— none (@ejayjones49) June 2, 2020
Another fan kept it pretty simple with how she felt about Urlacher’s response to President Trump’s press conference.
Brian Urlacher done messed up….
— a sister from the chi (@sister_chi) June 2, 2020
Urlacher’s life after football has been relatively obscure, and some fans wish they could un-learn his political leanings, especially during this time of chaos.
A few things I learned that I didn’t know:
Brian Urlacher has a black son
Brian Urlacher has hair now
Brian Urlacher is a moron
— Dernis Reynolds (@Da_Dirty_Dern) June 2, 2020
Sports fans try to do their best in order to separate the athlete from their off-field views, but recent events have made doing so tougher than ever. Urlacher’s leanings are rather insulting to those who feel slighted by the system, and rightfully so.
Oh man, oof. That’s tough to digest. Respect him as a player & all he accomplished but I’d be lying if I said this doesn’t change how I feel about him.. That’s a pretty ignorant statement he posted. I hope he engages with people opposing his view to become more informed on it all
— Connor Sheehan (@ConnorSheehan50) June 2, 2020
Perhaps this isn’t totally Urlacher’s fault after all…
The hair implants have reached the cerebral cortex. He’s under control of the rat hair lobby now
— Jesse Patel (@patel_jesse) June 2, 2020
Urlacher’s opinions off the gridiron were hardly an issue during his playing days, but without the NFL — or any major sports at all for that matter — to distract us, his views are impossible to avoid.