Former Green Bay Packers quarterback and NFL Hall of Famer Brett Favre recently spoke out against politics being forcefully injected into American sports leagues.
Speaking with Eric Bolling on “America This Week,” Favre said he is glad he retired before politics infiltrated the NFL.
Bolling asked Favre about the controversial kneeling during the singing of the National Anthem, and the longtime Packer said, “I’m glad I’m not playing for a lot of reasons. That’s one. I don’t want to be asked questions after a game that had nothing to do with play.”
Brett also touched on New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who was criticized for saying he’d refuse to kneel during the anthem because his relatives fought for our country.
“I don’t think he’s wrong,” Favre said of Brees’ decision to stand 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’s right or wrong.”
Bolling explained that after backlash, Brees walked back his comments and caved to the BLM cancel culture mob.
“You do something they don’t like and then they go after you and they wait and see the reaction,” he said. “And the one’s who walk back and apologize, they pile on. He got piled on when he walked it back.”
Favre responded, “He got bullied, there’s no question about it, and he wasn’t wrong. There’s a lot of things that need to be fixed in this country and this world, but a starting quarterback for the New Orleans Saints can’t fix it.”
“We can all work together,” he proposed. “But, if you like oranges and I don’t, is that wrong? Am I supposed to dislike you? In this world today, it’s like you’re either with us or we hate you and you’re wrong, and that’s wrong.”
Next, Bolling played a clip of Favre asking President Trump about the decline of viewership in sports leagues during a presidential Town Hall event.
Favre asked Trump, “Hello, Mr. President. My question is, the NBA, and the NFL are struggling with lower ratings as fans clearly do not want political messaging mixed with their sports. So, how should the leagues support and promote an anti-racism position without becoming political and alienating fans?”
“Fans clearly don’t want political messaging mixed with their sports. Did you get a lot of heat for that?” Bolling asked Brett.
“I don’t know to be honest with you. I don’t pay attention,” Favre replied. “The people that think it’s good don’t comment. But all the haters out there, they can’t wait to get on their phones. I don’t pay attention to it though, I got a bulldozer to ride.”
The legendary QB was asked if he is concerned about the future of the country, 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’s going in a great direction.’ Especially for our grandchildren and their children. I would find it hard to believe that a smart, respectable person would say that.”
Favre continued, “No, you may hope it and want to believe it, but… it’s frightening. What it’s going to be like 20-30 years from now, I can’t have no idea, but I can’t imagine it being pleasant.”
As American sports leagues become more and more political, it’s imperative for additional athletes to speak out.