An NFL Legend and Super Bowl champion has joined the side of a lot of Americans who agree that sports should be about sports. Brett Favre, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016, just wants to watch sports.
“I think both sides, for the most part, want to see it just remain about the sport,” Favre commented. “Not about politics.”
Americans have little interest in being bombarded with political activism and social injustice when the game is on. Favre's views on keeping politics within its own setting are on par with the majority of Americans, even if the Left wants to admit it or not.
The support in Favre’s statements mimics the constant viewership decline in sports television ratings. Even to the point of the NBA decided that they had to tone down the politics during games for the 2020-2021 season.
“I know when I turn on a game, I want to watch a game,” Favre continued. “I want to watch players play and teams win, lose, come from behind. 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 want to watch anymore, it’s not about the game anymore.’ And I tend to agree.”
A lot of the issues that the sports programs are facing now with so much politics in sports can be traced back largely to when former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.
“I’m not going to stand up and show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL media in 2016. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Favre when asked if he had any opinion on players kneeling during the national anthem. “I personally have not had an in-depth conversation with any present player. Or for that matter, former players or teammates,” Favre said. “It’s been talked about more in passing.”
“I guess the jury is out on whether it will be a good thing or not. I think it’s created more turmoil than good. But I agree with you 100%,” Favre told Klavan. “Something has to unite us. And the games or sport in the past have been a unification. Now it’s almost like a division.”
Favre added that none of this was an issue when he was playing.
“In fact, that was sort of our protected space, if you will, where we could kind of let our guard down,” Favre continued. “We were in something together. We fought together. We won together. We lost together. We were truly a family. To answer your question, we absolutely didn’t have issues.”
Favre went on to discuss his support for Donald Trump in the 2020 election, and the controversy that surrounded his support.
“I knew that it was going to create a firestorm by first playing golf with the president,” Favre said. ‘Which I thought was an honor regardless of who that president is. And by tweeting my support for then President Trump, I knew that would create some more issues.”
“But again, I go back to the people that know me and would speak on my behalf in a positive light. I really don’t worry about it a whole lot. It’s a shame that we’ve come to this.”