After urging athletes to keep out of politics, NFL Corridor of Famer Brett Favre weighed in on the responsible verdict within the Derek Chauvin trial — saying he didn’t consider the previous Minneapolis cop meant to kill George Floyd.
“I discover it exhausting to consider, and I’m not defending Derek Chauvin in any method, I discover it exhausting to consider, to begin with, that he deliberately meant to kill George Floyd,” he mentioned Wednesday on his “Bolling with Favre” podcast.
“That being mentioned, his actions had been uncalled for. I don’t care what shade the individual is on the road. I don’t know what led to that video that we noticed the place his knee is on his neck, however the man had thrown within the towel.”
Favre, 51, additionally responded to the warmth he acquired final week for saying that politics ought to be saved out of sports activities, earlier than then calling gamers kneeling for the nationwide anthem “a disgrace.”
“I simply gave my opinion. I’m definitely not a racist despite what some individuals would possibly suppose, and you realize, I’m for unity and I simply really feel like there’s a greater method to unify our nation. That being mentioned, there’s a number of issues that want to cease,” Favre mentioned.
The previous quarterback’s feedback on Floyd’s demise prompted extra backlash on-line.
“It’s simply fascinating how the at all times racist Brett Favre condemned Colin Kaepernick for peacefully taking a knee to convey consideration to each racial injustice and police brutality, however is now coming within the protection of killer Derek Chauvin who used HIS KNEE to homicide a black man,” one Twitter consumer wrote.
One other added, “I consider brett Favre is a racist individual and may shut his mouth.”
It’s not the primary time the previous footballer caught his foot in his mouth.
He got here below hearth for feedback final 12 months when he insisted there was “no proper reply” to kneeling throughout the nationwide anthem, USA In the present day reported.
“Apart from the appropriate reply is that all of us get alongside. It looks as if the extra individuals strive, the extra harm is completed,” Favre mentioned.