Former Green Bay Packers quarterback and NFL Hall of Fame member Brett Favre recently spoke out against the force-injection of politics into U.S. sports leagues.
Speaking to Eric Bolling on “America This Week,” Favre said he was happy to have retired before politics crept into the NFL.
Bolling asked Favre about the controversy on his knees during the singing of the national anthem, and the longtime Packer said, “I’m glad I’m not playing for a lot of reasons. It’s a. I don’t want to be asked questions after a game that has nothing to do with the game. “
Brett also referred to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who has come under fire for saying he would refuse to kneel during the anthem because his loved ones fought for our country.
“I don’t think he’s wrong,” Favre said of Brees’ decision to run for the national anthem. “I’m not saying Micheal Thomas is wrong if he wants to kneel for his cause,” he added. “I’m not saying who is right or wrong.”
Bolling explained that after a backlash, Brees retracted his comments and caved in to the BLM cancellation culture crowd.
“You do something they don’t like and then they go after you and they wait to see the reaction,” he said. “And those who come back and apologize, they pile up. He stacked up when he came back.
Favre replied, “He was bullied, there’s no question, and he wasn’t wrong. There’s a lot to work out in this country and in this world, but a starting quarterback for the New Orleans Saints can’t fix it.
“We can all work together,” he suggested. “But, if you like oranges and I don’t, is that wrong?” Am I supposed not to like you? In this world today it is as if you are with us or we hate you and you are wrong, and it is not.
Next, Bolling released a clip of Favre questioning President Trump about declining viewership in sports leagues at a presidential town hall event.
Favre asked Trump, “Hello, Mr. President. My question is this: The NBA and NFL are struggling with lower ratings because fans clearly don’t want political messages mixed up with their sports. So how should the leagues support and promote an anti-racist stance without becoming political and alienating fans? “
“The fans clearly don’t want political messages mixed up with their sports. Did you have a lot of heat for that? Bolling asked Brett.
“I don’t know how to be honest with you. I’m not paying attention, ”Favre replied. “People who think it’s good don’t comment. But all the haters out there, they can’t wait to be able to use their phones. I don’t care though, I have a bulldozer to drive.
The legendary QB was asked if he was concerned about the country’s future as he has two daughters.
“Of course!” he stated. “I think all of us, the older generation, I would find it hard to believe someone would honestly say, ‘The country is going in the right direction.’ Especially for our grandchildren and their children. I would find it hard to believe that a smart and respectable person would say that.
Favre continued, “No, you can hope and want to believe it, but… it’s scary. What it’s going to be 20 to 30 years from now, I can’t have any idea, but I can’t imagine it being enjoyable.
As America’s sports leagues become more and more political, it is imperative that other athletes speak out.
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