One day after Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd, Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre said he did not think the former Minneapolis police officer meant to kill Floyd.
“I find it hard to believe, and I’m not defending Derek Chauvin in any way, I find it hard to believe, first of all, that he intentionally meant to kill George Floyd,” Favre said.
“That being said, his actions were uncalled for,” he added. “I don’t care what color the person is on the street. I don’t know what led to that video that we saw where his knee is on his neck, but the man had thrown in the towel.”
The comments came from the 20-year NFL veteran’s “Bolling with Favre” podcast alongside TV personality Eric Bolling.
Favre said he was aware of the backlash his comments received but stands by his comments.
“I just gave my opinion. I’m certainly not a racist in spite of what some people might think, and you know, I’m for unity and I just feel like there’s a better way to unify our country. That being said, there’s a lot of things that need to stop.” Favre said.
So… Brett Favre had more of an issue when Colin Kaepernick took a knee on the field, than when Derek Chauvin took a knee on George Floyd. Got it.
— Jake Lobin (@JakeLobin) April 21, 2021
Hey Brett Favre: stick to sports pic.twitter.com/0W3axWJ22P
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) April 21, 2021
“Favre Wants Politics Out of Sports”
— April 2021
"My vote is for what makes this country great, freedom of speech & religion, 2nd Amnd, hard working tax paying citizens, police & military. For me & these principles, my vote is for Trump”
—Brett Favre, Oct 2020 pic.twitter.com/XsgiWF6xVp
— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) April 15, 2021