After Hall of Fame Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher made a comment on Instagram following the shooting of Jacob Blake and the ensuing protests and boycotts around sports, Matt Forte was quick to share his strong criticism of his former teammate.

Urlacher posted on Instagram on Thursday his response to the NBA’s boycott as well as other actions by teams around the sport’s world following the events in Kenosha, Wis. and wrote, “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. NBA players boycott the playoffs because a dude reaching for a knife, wanted on a felony sexual assault warrant, was shot by police.”

Shortly after Urlacher shared his thoughts, former Bears running back Matt Forte pushed back on his words with a tweet of his own. 

“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.”

The two former Bears were teammates for five years from 2008-2012. Among the many to retweet Forte’s message was former Bears linebacker Lance Briggs who also played alongside Urlacher for 10 seasons.

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On Sunday afternoon, Blake was shot seven times by a Kenosha Police Department officer in Wisconsin as he tried to enter his car. It has been reported that Blake is paralyzed from the waist down as a result. 

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Former Bears RB Matt Forte calls Brian Urlacher ‘void of empathy’ following his response to the boycotts around sports originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington” data-reactid=”35″>Former Bears RB Matt Forte calls Brian Urlacher ‘void of empathy’ following his response to the boycotts around sports originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington