Bears part ways with team chaplain Ray McElroy

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Apparently, not even God is immune to the pressure of a flat salary cap.

The Bears made the unusual move of getting rid of their team chaplain, according to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Citing multiple sources, Jensen reported the team “parted ways,” with Ray McElory. No reason was cited for the decision. The former Bears, Colts and Lions cornerback had been with the team more than five years.

There’s no word as to whether the Bears will convene a conclave to replace him, or if the white smoke is just Jay Cutler again.

33 responses to “Bears part ways with team chaplain Ray McElroy

  1. Yikes I hate to get the guy who made that phone call.

    “You’re fired”
    “You’re going to Hell”

  2. Cheap shot on Jay, but this should not surprise me…That ‘Smokin’ Jay website is the stupidest attack on a pro athlete I have ever seen.’

  3. Not a problem, there’s an excellent draft and numerous free agents available at this position.

  4. Wow…that’s not an attack if you are a pro athlete and are in a position to be looked up to by kids. Kick the smokes and use the patch when in public….smoke all you want when you retire and are not representing the NFL. Don’t get mad, just my opinion…

  5. Of all the people in the Bears organization this is the last person they should be parting ways with. They need all the help they can get on and off the field. Really.

  6. raiddawgz says: Mar 12, 2013 1:15 PM

    “Wow…that’s not an attack if you are a pro athlete and are in a position to be looked up to by kids. Kick the smokes and use the patch when in public….smoke all you want when you retire and are not representing the NFL. Don’t get mad, just my opinion…”

    Jay doesn’t smoke, dude…The pics are photo-shopped.
    The man is diabetic and does a lot to help kids with Type-1 diabetes, through his foundation. A lot of kids do look up to him.

    But you don’t know these things because you’d rather believe the BS.

  7. larryboodry says: Mar 12, 2013 1:00 PM

    “Cheap shot on Jay, but this should not surprise me…That ‘Smokin’ Jay website is the stupidest attack on a pro athlete I have ever seen.’”

    Perhaps if my team had choked away another easy playoff berth I wouldn’t have sense of humor either. But I doubt it.

  8. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:28 PM

    “This was never going to work out. The coaching staff kept taking the Lord’s name in vain when talking about Cutler’s decision making.”

    Okay, even I had to laugh at that one, even if I think Jay’s decision making has gotten way better the last two seasons.

  9. “Perhaps if my team had choked away another easy playoff berth I wouldn’t have sense of humor either. But I doubt it.”

    Your team choked away the #2 seed by losing to the Vikes in Week 17, then got smoked by San Fran two weeks later because of it…I found that very humorous.

  10. larryboodry says:
    Mar 12, 2013 1:00 PM
    Cheap shot on Jay, but this should not surprise me…That ‘Smokin’ Jay website is the stupidest attack on a pro athlete I have ever seen.’
    ________________________________
    I think it’s hilarious (as are most photoshops of my team’s QB acting all girly man on a waterslide). I think it’s more because his usual expression is kind of “rebel without a cause ish”. The dangling cig just fits it.

    That said, Cutler was asked about it and he knows the guys that do it I believe. I don’t think he objects to it, or at least he didn’t when asked. I actually view that as a point in his favor. 🙂

  11. @CKL:

    Nice post…If Cutler indeed knows the guys, and is okay with it, then who am I to argue? 😀

  12. larry
    I searched and there’s a story on CBS sports Nov 7, 2012 by Josh Katzowitz that JC knows about it and thinks it’s funny. I’d post the link but I am not sure if that’s allowed. It was an interview he did for Inside the NFL so maybe there’s a video out there somewhere as well.

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