NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre has continued to air his strong feelings concerning politics in sports. Favre’s stance hasn’t exactly endeared him to many fans well beyond the realm of sports. The former Green Bay Packers’ great has fired off yet another strong take concerning the matter.
NFL among other sports leagues addressing social injustice
Last year, social issues across the United States took a more significant stage as many troubling incidents arose.
The tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery due to mistreatment from law enforcement led to many professional athletes airing their frustrations over social media. The continued happenings, such as Jacob Blake being shot seven times in the back, only further fueled the outrage and demand for social change.
The pressure from the players in the major sports league has led to increased efforts. The NFL shifted toward creating 13 new grants to nonprofit organizations across the country.
It part of the league’s agreement to contribute $250 million over the next 10 years to social justice matters. The increased involvement of that in sports hasn’t exactly excited everyone.
NFL legend Brett Favre vents that he doesn’t want politics in sports
Over the last several months, Brett Favre has repeatedly spoken up about politics becoming increasingly involved in sports.
In each recent instance, Favre has made it known that he isn’t a fan of those two avenues converging. The NFL Hall of Famer voiced those strong feelings during a recent interview on The Andrew Klavan Show.
“I think both sides, for the most part, want to see it just remain about the sport, not about politics,” Favre said. “At least that’s my interpretation. I know when I turn on a game, I want to watch the game. I want to watch the players play and teams win and lose and come from behind. I want to watch all the important parts of the game, not what’s going on outside the game. I think the general fan feels the same way.”
Despite all the happenings with social injustice over the last year, Favre’s stance toward the matter hasn’t changed. His viewpoint has stayed firm with wanting to keep the two realms separate as he believes sports should be strictly about what’s happening in the game, not beyond it.
In the same interview, Favre also discussed the issues around the national anthem concerning kneeling, to which he stated that it ‘created more turmoil than good.” He added that several people have told them they don’t want sports anymore because of the increased involvement of politics, and he largely agreed with that notion.
Favre is quite outspoken on this viewpoint that has seen him receive much backlash. However, his opinions are shared by many who see things in the same light.
Social justice will remain a huge part in sports
Brett Favre’s stance may be shared by many, but there is a strong overwhelming push within the sports world to bring attention to social issues.
The prominence of these many instances of social injustice that continue to occur only creates a stronger push for massive change. Many of the athletes across the NFL, NBA, and MLB use their elevated platforms to shine a light on the matter.
It goes well beyond kneeling during the national anthem as these issues continue to rise across the United States. All that has guided the most prominent athletes such as LeBron James, Patrick Mahomes, Mookie Betts, Stephen Curry, and many more to discuss these issues.
As long as these social injustices continue to happen, the more significant attention that the sports world will spotlight on it all.