Matt Forte: Brian Urlacher is blinded by wealth and privilege

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Former Bears running back Matt Forte offered a strong criticism of Brian Urlacher, who criticized NBA players for sitting out a game in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake.

Forte, who was Urlacher’s teammate for five years, wrote on Twitter at Urlacher showed with his social media post that he doesn’t understand what NBA players are standing for.

“The comment [Urlacher] posted is void of empathy, compassion, wisdom and coherence,” Forte wrote. “But full of pride and ignorance! I pray for those who have 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 victim’s life as if they themselves are more valuable because their sins are different or weren’t caught by man. But God sees all.”

Forte’s tweet was retweeted by, among others, Lance Briggs, the former Bears linebacker who played alongside Urlacher for 10 seasons.

28 responses to “Matt Forte: Brian Urlacher is blinded by wealth and privilege

  1. I loved watching Urlacher. But anytime he speaks, I cringe. He’s kind of a meathead. Urlacher needs to do IMMEDIATE damage control like Brees and APOLOGIZE. Whether he means it or not.

  2. when will players realize that no1 cares what their opinions are. I respect my mailman more than any of them.

  3. “I pray for those who have 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 victim’s life as if they themselves are more valuable because their sins are different or weren’t caught by man”

    Well written.

  4. I won’t pretend to know Urlacher’s background but, in the best of circumstances, he’s lost touch with reality.

    It’s sad to see people who have prospered so much in life have such a narrow view of how they got to where they are.

    All you can do is hope he has a moment in his life that grants him clarity. The hope is that he understands his prosperity wouldn’t have occurred without people of all races, religions, upbringings and genders. Until he gets that, he’s just another lost fish in a sea of conflict.

  5. The new book “Caste” by Isabelle Wilkinson should be required reading for any privileged, white person (like me) who dares to think he scratches the surface of understanding the Black experience. And those who don’t try to understand it ought to consider whether they have the right to criticize those trying to effect positive change.

  6. emmonsh says:
    August 28, 2020 at 7:27 am
    when will players realize that no1 cares what their opinions are. I respect my mailman more than any of them.
    ******************************************

    You do realize that this article is about a player’s opinion, and you’re commenting on it, right? I’m glad you respect your mailman. They are fine people and provide a great service to this country.

  7. I used to love watching Matt Forte’s vision on the field. Seems his vision off the field is just as good. Well said Matt.

  8. Social media is ruining the world. Just throw it all away and go back to speaking face to face. I remember a time when cell phones didn’t exist and we all did fine. What the hell happened?

  9. People are entitled to their opinion, if you don’t agree with them, that’s ok. If we shut down everyone there will be no dialogue and nothing will get resolved.

  10. Look at all the downvotes on positive comments!

    Looks like we got a longer way to go than even I thought.

  11. collectordude says:

    August 28, 2020 at 9:08 am

    All pro athletes are arrogant to a degree.
    ………………………………………………………………………………
    Barry Sanders was arrogant?

  12. It’s not like Urlqcher doesn’t have a point with his comments. His disregard for how police treat people is troubling. I think Urlacher simple didn’t use good judgment and failed to think before he wrote what he wrote. It was an incomplete thought and should have contained how police are not in charge of punishment of any kind, but to enforce the law. The cops were simply not in enough danger to use lethal force at that moment. Had they waited 5 or 10 seconds they might have been justified.

  13. Commentators and players ignore the most common denominator in all the black-police confrontations(Hint; It ain’t race or “racist cops or systematic racism)

    In almost every one of these cases, the suspects violently resisted arrest.
    In almost each one of these shootings/deaths, had the suspect merely complied with the officers(s) directions(i.e, not resisted arrest) the suspect would have walked away with his life.
    And in every one of these cases the media has failed to do basic journalist and instead ignored all the facts that didn’t fit their narrative that “ACABS”(look that up) Just as the media want to blame “systematic racism” but nearly all these cases occur in deeply Democratic held cities/states, many that have been held in Democratic hands for over fifty years or more. And laughable, they blame Trump without any evidence. Maybe Urlacher actually did his research and not just allowed his emotions and Groupthink make his opinions for him.

    Following police officers explicit lawfully commands are not “optional”

  14. you have the right to believe your opinion, i have the right to believe it is ridiculous

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