Brett Favre Gets Brutally Honest About Kneeling NFL Players
Brett Favre recently got extremely honest about kneeling NFL players and where he stands on the whole matter.
With a career that spanned two decades, Favre saw his fair share of controversies both on and off the field. Few players are more equipped to honestly assess the ramifications of protests on team locker rooms than he is.
During a recent interview, the 50-year-old delved into the complexity of the issue and why it continues to be a touchy subject matter for so many NFL players, coaches, executives and fans alike.
“There is no right answer,” Favre insisted.
“I know from being in an NFL locker room for 20 years, regardless of race, background, money you grew up with, we were all brothers it didn’t matter,” he continued.
“Guys got along great. Will that be the same? I don’t know. If one guy chooses to stand for his cause and another guy chooses to kneel for his cause, is one right and the other wrong? I don’t believe so. We tend to be fixed on highs.”
Favre was quick to point out that he understood his lack of understanding when it comes to the black experience in the United States. Growing up white in America is not the same as growing up black, and that fact was not lost on him.
“I don’t know what it’s like to be Black,” he maintained.
“It’s not for me to say what’s right and what’s wrong. I do know we should all be treated equal. If you can’t do that, you shouldn’t be in America.”
Overall, Favre’s thoughts echoed those of many fans. Social justice, race relations and the like are extremely complex and thorny topics. It is difficult to navigate them without feeling like you need to do more research on matters so you don’t end up sticking your foot in your mouth.
3x-NFL MVP and Hall of Fame QB @BrettFavre joins the Load Management podcast to talk:
– the upcoming NFL season
– Aaron Rodgers on a different team
– How he might’ve been the one to convince Brady to leave & more.
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) August 11, 2020
Brett Favre Is Not The Only Person To Weigh In Recently
Favre is not the only person to weigh in on this topic as of late. President Donald Trump sat down with Outkick this week and discussed some similar issues with Clay Travis.
In President Trump’s estimation, the subject of social justice in sports is much more cut and dry.
“(Players) shouldn’t protest our flag or our country,” he said.
The commander in chief did not stop there, though.
“You’re making millions of dollars to play the sport,” President Trump continued.
“They have to respect their country. If they don’t stand for their flag, I would be very happy if the NFL didn’t open. With that being said, I would love to see them open.”
This Issue Isn’t Going Anywhere
Favre and President Trump will not be the last men to offer their takes on race relations, social justice and sports in the foreseeable future.
Whether fans like it nor, sports has now become a hotbed for political subjects – and for better or worse, it does not appear like that will change any time soon.
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