NFL legend Brett Favre drew criticism for suggesting he “found it hard to believe” former cop Derek Chauvin intended to kill George Floyd.
Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in Minneapolis on May 25 last year after Chauvin, who is white, knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes.
Chauvin was convicted of unintentional second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter on Tuesday.
The former quarterback admitted that the former cop’s use of force was excessive, but insisted he didn’t think he intended to kill Floyd.
“I find it hard to believe, and I am in no way defending Derek Chauvin, I find it hard to believe, first of all, that he intentionally wanted to kill George Floyd,” the three-time MVP said on his podcast . Bolling with Favre Wednesday.
“That being said, his actions were unwarranted. I don’t care what color the person is on the street. I don’t know what led to this video we saw where his knee is on his neck, but the man had thrown in the towel. “
Favre’s comments caused a stir, especially since they came just a week after he advocated separating sport and politics.
Talk to The Andrew Klavan Show On The Daily Wire, the Hall of Famer said they believe most fans want politics and sport to remain separate and that social justice protests will lead to the public losing interest.
His take on Chauvin elicited more negative reactions.
“Brett Favre was the same guy who said he wanted to keep politics out of sport … except when it comes to defending a white cop who murdered an unarmed black man,” the Daily columnist tweeted. Beast Wajahat Ali.
Scott Dworkin, the co-founder of The Democratic Coalition, described Favre as a “racist Hall of Fame”, while The Palmer Report, a political analysis blog, pointed out the contradiction between the opinions expressed in a week by the former Green Bay Packers star.
“Brett Favre, who just finished telling black athletes that they should keep their political views to themselves, offers a stupid political take on Derek Chauvin’s conviction,” he tweeted.
On Wednesday’s podcast, Favre pushed against the backlash and defended his vision for politics and sport.
“I just gave my opinion,” he said. “I’m definitely not a racist despite 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 are a lot of things that need to be stopped. “
The NFL and several teams welcomed the verdict, but recognized that more needed to be done to implement meaningful social justice reforms.
“Today’s result of the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis does not reverse the loss of life,” the league said in a statement.
“Mr. George Floyd should be here with us today. Our hearts remain with the Floyd family, and we understand that the pain, anger and frustration do not go away even when justice is served.”
The New England Patriots added: “Today’s verdict is a step towards accountability and justice. We recognize that there is still a lot of work to be done and we are determined to be a part of that progress. . “
The Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets hit a similar tone. The Las Vegas Raiders drew heavy criticism for posting an image showing bold white type on a black background that read “I CAN BREATHE 4-20-21” above the team logo, following the conviction of Chauvinist.
Raiders owner Mark Davis defended the post saying it was his idea. “I felt it was a powerful statement,” Davis told ESPN. “Today has been a day that I can breathe, and we can all breathe again because justice has been served. But we still have a lot of work to do on social justice and police brutality.”