On Thursday afternoon, the players on the Bears released a statement in regards to their practice schedule change:
In the wake of what has taken place in our backyard of Kenosha over the last couple of days, we as a team have a lot on our mind today. We decided to pause our football activities to voice to each other, our coaches and our staff where we stand on the real issues around race and police brutality in our country.
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 statement comes a few hours after the team abruptly pivoted from their standard practice schedule, instead calling a team meeting this morning to discuss how they would address the recent Jacob Blake shooting and their plans to further address police brutality and racial injustice.