The Chicago Bears selected Penn State safety Jaquan Brisker in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft. When asked about why they liked Brisker, Bears national scout Chris Prescott described the player as “poor, hungry, and desperate,” according to ESPN Bears reporter Courtney Cronin.

“He’s a — what would we call it? Ph.D.? Poor, hungry, and desperate,” Prescott said. “Football is his life. This is this kid’s life. There’s a lot to like about that when you see a guy who’s so passionate about football.”

While he certainly seemed to think he was praising Prescott, the comments faced harsh criticism for their demeaning quality and flippant commodification of a human being. ESPN’s Mina Kimes had the most prominent criticism of the comments, which she said reduced “his story to a draft attribute.”

Now, perhaps because of those comments or perhaps coincidentally, Prescott is no longer employed by the Bears.

Prescott isn’t the only member of the scouting department to lose his job as the team also dismissed college scouting director Mark Sadowski, who had been with the franchise since 2005 and held that position since 2016.

Scouting coordinator Bobby Macedo was also let go as part of the shakeup by general manager Ryan Poles.

It’s hard to imagine the comments and the way they reflected on the Bears organization didn’t have something to do with the personnel changes. But Chicago also seemed pleased, at least publicly, with their draft picks.

Whatever the reason, the move certainly got a lot of people talking on social media when it came to Prescott’s comments, the criticism they received, and whether or not he deserved to lose his job over it.

[Courtney Cronin, AA]

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