Brian Urlacher may not play for the Chicago Bears anymore, but he still deals with his public association to the Monsters of the Midway. Brian Urlacher has not signed yet with a new NFL team, and even when he does, he’ll still be considered a Chicago Bear first and foremost.
Urlacher, who has previously said that he would love his son if he turned out to be gay, saw some of his signed memorabilia end up in the hands of an Anti-Gay student conference. The National Organization for Marriage’s Ruth Institute announced that it would be hosting a “festive gala event” at the end of its annual “It Takes A Family” (ITAF) conference. Signed memorabilia from Brian Urlacher is to be auctioned off at the gala, with the proceeds going to the institute and their “cause.”
The conference also featured Robert Gagnon, a theologian who promotes “ex-gay” therapy and recently compared gay-straight alliances to Nazi skinhead groups. Gagnon’s book, which claims that gay people are “worthy of death,” was also on sale at the conference.
The Chicago Bears and linebacker Brian Urlacher denied any involvement Wednesday with the Ruth Institute — an arm of the National Organization For Marriage, which opposes same-sex marriage — after being tied to the group in an online promotion.
“I sign a lot of stuff for charity and I don’t always know where it goes,” Urlacher told the Tribune. “If I would have known it was for this cause, I wouldn’t have done it.”
These days everyone is talking about gay rights: the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, Facebook marriage equality avatars, former Chicago Bears linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo claiming that four NFL players could all come out very soon, at the same time and Rutgers firing their college basketball coach Mike Rice, partially due to his use of homophobic slurs.
So Brian Urlacher clearly did the right thing.
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