Brett Favre Reacted To Backlash On Him Wanting Politics Out of Sports: ‘I’m Not Racist’
One day after Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd, Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre decided he would say something controversial about the situation. The Green Bay Packers legend said he did not think the former Minneapolis police officer meant to kill Floyd.
“I find it hard to believe, and I’m not defending Derek Chauvin in any way, I find it hard to believe, first of all, that he intentionally meant to kill George Floyd,” Favre said. “That being said, his actions were uncalled for. I don’t care what color the person is on the street. I don’t know what led to that video that we saw where his knee is on his neck, but the man had thrown in the towel.”
It was just last week when Favre was in the news regarding his comments on wanting politics out of sports because he believed it was hurting games, and agreed with people deciding not to watch sports anymore.
“I know when I turn on a game, I want to watch a game. I want to watch players play and teams win, lose, come from behind,” Favre said. “I want to watch all the important parts of the game, not what’s going on outside of the game, and I think the general fan feels the same way. I can’t tell you how many people have said to me, ‘I don’t watch anymore, it’s not about the game anymore,’ and I tend to agree.”
“It’s really a shame that we’ve come to this,” Favre said regarding the kneeling controversy. “Something has to unify us, and I felt like the flag, standing patriotically — because Blacks and whites and Hispanics have fought for this country and died for this country. It’s too bad.”
He also addressed those comments as well on his “Bolling with Favre” podcast alongside TV personality Eric Bolling.
“I just gave my opinion. I’m certainly not a racist, despite what people think. I’m for unity. I just feel like there’s a better way to unify our country.”
Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts—second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.