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The Bear’s Den, June 12, 2020

Several more Bears speak to the media about social justice, competition for playing time and much more

Mitchell Trubisky checks down to Tarik Cohen during an open training camp day in 2018 in Bourbonnais. Photo by Denmaster Ken
Ken Mitchell


While we have a firm, non-bending rule against discussion of politics of any kind here in the Den, right now there are many WCG family members (and that’s what you are to us, our extended and sometimes dysfunctional family members) who live in areas nearby or even in civil disruption zones.

It’s OK to talk about that here in the Den (leaving politics entirely aside...). There are things happening in society that transcend our little sandbox full of toys here at WCG. All I ask is that you keep it civil, keep politics 100 percent out of it, and respect other people’s right to their own opinion.

If in doubt, don’t say it or word it in as non-confrontational of a way as possible. If it gets out of hand, well... let’s make sure it doesn’t come to that, m’kay?



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