I don't know if this is a big deal, but it sure is a weird one.
On Monday, the Chicago Tribune reported that Cody Parkey is getting police escorts to practice now? It reads:
The NFL has long used of police escorts, but a few years ago, the Bears were not receiving escorts to Soldier Field. The team has occasionally paid to have four Lake County sheriff's deputies lead buses from Halas Hall in Lake Forest to O'Hare. At the time, a Bears spokesman said the team gets the service "for public safety reasons and to maintain a secure environment.”
There is not currently a policy specific to the Bears regarding escorts, according to Illinois State Police, but the agency provides escort services for sports teams’ travel between airports, hotels, practice venues and game venues.
They later quoted Bears spokesman Brandon Faber saying that the escort was standard operating procedure for off-site practices.
It's been a weird season for Parkey and practices, as this is now the second time that his methods have come into the limelight. You may remember that time that people literally sent helicopters out to Soldier Field to watch him practice at night.
His offseason vacation is going to be so, so long and so, so far away.
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On Monday evening, the Bears released a statement from George McCaskey regarding the recent death of George Floyd:
A week ago another unarmed African-American man died at the hands of a white police officer. We are witnessing the anger and frustration play out in protests across the nation, including Chicago. We must do more than wring our hands and hope it doesn’t happen again. As an organization, we have addressed it internally by offering unconditional support to our family of staff, coaches and players, and today Ryan Pace and Coach Nagy spent the allotted two hours of team meeting time listening to and healing together with our players and the coaching staff. Through our voice, our actions and our resources, it is our obligation to lead. We will continue to work with our player-led social justice committee to provide funding and exposure to local organizations dedicated to empowering communities that have been oppressed for far too long. We’re proud to support organizations like BUILD Chicago, I Grow Chicago, My Block, My Hood, My City, and Youth Guidance, among others, who are doing great work in these communities and we encourage fans to partner with us in supporting them. Our commitment is to continue to be an active participant in change.
Though they don't use his name specifically, it's clearly a reference to Floyd's death, as they Bears joined (most) teams across the country in issuing statements condemning the abuse of power among law enforcement officials.
There is a lot of debate happening in the country right now, and it's complex and nuanced.
For some reason, on Monday evening, former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher felt his input was necessary.
Urlacher hopped on over to Grant Hill's (??) Instagram account, jumped into the comments section, where the most useful and productive conversation always takes place, and weighed in.
It's no surprise Urlacher is pleased with President Trump's handling of the situation, he visited him in the Oval Office earlier this year and called it a "once in a lifetime experience."
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