NFL Hall of Famer Brett Favre stated recently on the Daily Wire Andrew Klavan show that he doesn’t want any parts of politics in sports.
“I know when I turn on a game, I want to watch a game. 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 watch anymore; it’s not about the game anymore.’ And I tend to agree.”
Brett Favre’s comments are in reference to the NBA, NHL, and MLB all postponing games due to the Daunte Wright shooting, as well as, Major League baseball pulling its All-Star game from Atlanta due to their outrageous voting laws that share the same sentiments of Jim Crow. Favre, also in recent history, has been quiet regarding insurrectionists rushing the capitol building, causing lives to be lost at the hands of the same rioters.
It’s never been about disrespecting the flag. If Brett cares so much about our soldiers and American patronage, how about keeping that same energy when our minority American troops (Army Second Lieutenant Caron Nazario) are violated, peppered sprayed, and dragged on the ground, not to mention in Uniform as if this is the 60’s. Where was this same distaste for politics then?
What is interesting here is that African Americans and minorities, who continue to fight for social injustices, police brutality, unfair treatment from law enforcement, are scrutinized for protesting and speaking up about the indifferences and looked at as threats based on the color of their skin. Players and athletes are using their voices and platforms to ignite the discussion and implement initiatives for change.
Brett and any other ill-informed viewer need to understand they are human beings first, before being an athletes. It’s more than just entertaining the spectators. To ask any athlete to just shut up and play is blasphemous. Brett doesn’t want the conversation to be mentioned, simply because he doesn’t care. Quite the privilege to just tell athletes to keep politics out of sports, but then openly support a man who publicly wouldn’t denounce racism, and who Brett said he supported for the sole purpose of freedom of speech. What hypocrisy.