Brian Urlacher Is 'Blinded by Wealth, Privilege' for Slamming NBA Boycott, Says Former Bear Matt Forte

Former Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte called out his former Bears teammate linebacker Brian Urlacher for insensitive comments regarding the NBA boycotts which followed the shooting of Jacob Blake. In the thread, Forte suggested that Urlacher had been "blinded by [his] wealth [and] privilege."

"Brett Favre played the MNF game the day his dad died, threw 4 TDs in the first half, and was a legend for playing in the face of adversity," Urlacher posted to his Instagram story on Thursday. "NBA players boycott the playoffs because a dude reaching for a knife, wanted on a felony sexual assault warrant, was shot by police."

While it doesn't appear that the post was originally made by Urlacher, it still drew backlash from Forte and others.

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A screenshot, showing the post Urlacher shared on his Instagram. Screenshot/Instagram

In the Twitter thread Thursday night, Forte said that Urlacher's post was "void of empathy, compassion, wisdom and coherence. But full of pride and ignorance!" The running back continued by saying he would pray for those who had been "blinded by their wealth, privilege and earthly fame that breeds arrogance in their hearts. And those who refuse to acknowledge racism and injustice but instead choose to place their energy into justifying it by quickly judging the victims [sic] life because their sins are different or weren't caught by man."

Forte ended the thread with a call to stop both racism and injustice.

In a statement to NBC, the Bears disavowed Urlacher's comments. "The social media posts in no way reflect the values or opinions of the Chicago Bears organization," the team's statement said.

Besides just stepping away from Urlacher, the Bears released a statement on Thursday, saying that the organization had put football activities on hold in order to hold conversations about actions that the team can take to bring change.

"We had a productive discussion, but we all agreed that talks and discussions are simply not enough anymore and we need action. We are putting in plans to take action in our communities and together we believe we can make a real difference. We need action not only today but in the days to come," the team said.

Contacts for Urlacher did not respond to Newsweek's emailed request for comment in time for publication. Newsweek reached out to Forte for further comment, but he was not available at the time of publication. This story will be updated if a comment is received.

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The benches are empty prior to the scheduled start of the first half of game five between the Orlando Magic and the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 26, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NFL linebacker Brian Urlacher shared a post criticizing NBA players for boycotting games, but his former teammate Matt Forte spoke out against his post. Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty