Stephen A. Smith always has an opinion to share on ESPN. However, right now, he is “very, very disturbed” by someone else’s opinion. That opinion belongs to legendary quarterback Brett Favre, who recently discussed his thoughts on the Deshaun Watson-Houston Texans situation. Smith is not too happy with what Favre recently had to say, either.
Deshaun Watson requested a trade from the Houston Texans
Deshaun Watson has become one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL with the Houston Texans. He has earned three consecutive Pro Bowl selections, and he had the best season of his career in 2020. Watson led the NFL in passing yards in 2020 with 4,823 and had career-bests in touchdown passes with 33 and in interceptions with seven. Watson also posted a career-high in completion percentage with 70.2%, and he ran for 444 yards.
However, after making the playoffs in two consecutive seasons in 2018 and 2019, the Texans traded away Watson’s best weapon following the 2019 season in DeAndre Hopkins. They were then horrible as a team in 2020. Despite how well Watson played, Houston went 4-12 and missed the playoffs.
After the 2020 season, the Texans reportedly didn’t consider Watson’s input for who they should hire as their next general manager. The team also didn’t consult with any of the candidates Watson endorsed, either, according to ESPN. He then reportedly found out about new GM Nick Caserio’s hiring on social media.
He has since requested a trade, per ESPN.
Brett Favre shared his opinions about the Deshaun Watson situation
Legendary quarterback Brett Favre hasn’t played in the NFL since 2010. He still often shares his opinions about what’s going on around the league, though.
He recently had some interesting comments about Watson’s desire to be traded, too.
“You get paid a ton of money to do a certain job, and just do it, and let the chips fall where they may,” Favre said to Yahoo Sports. “I think we make too much money to voice an opinion, but I’m not saying he’s wrong. Again I think it’s a different day and time, and it’ll be interesting to see how the organization handles it.”
Woah, so players make too much money to voice an opinion? That statement certainly raised some eyebrows.
Stephen A. Smith is ‘very, very disturbed’ by Brett Favre’s comments
Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman recently discussed Favre’s comments on ESPN’s First Take, and Smith was not happy at all about what Favre had to say.
“To say something along those lines about Deshaun Watson … that’s pretty damn close to insane as far as I’m concerned,” Smith said on the Feb. 3 episode. “For something like that to come out of Brett Favre’s mouth in this particular day in age, again, I’m not accusing him of being malicious in any way, Max. I will say this: I think that thought-process is a bit a**-backwards, and I think that Brett Favre’s come across as looking a bit a**-backwards.”
He also brought up the poor timing of his comments, given what America has been through in recent months.
“There are people that have brought up and made comparisons to the civil rights era because of the things that we saw going on throughout the streets of America over the last year,” he said. “How Brett Favre can say something like this, to me, is mind-boggling.”
Kellerman then turned the tables: “Are the owners making too much money to voice an opinion? Because they’re making a lot more than the players.”
Smith then continued later on in the segment, discussing how Favre looks at athletes as “sheer labor who should be grateful for what they have, as opposed to being appreciated for what they have earned.”
“I am very, very disturbed that Brett Favre would say what he said, not just about everybody else — like you said — himself as well,” Smith said. “And I’m not attaching any kind of racial connotation to Brett Favre by saying that in terms of his intent. I’m simply saying that as a Black man, to hear you say that, knowing the times that we are living in right now, is incredibly alarming that something like that would come out of Brett Favre’s mouth.”
Brett Favre may have been one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time. However, he certainly makes some questionable comments from time to time. These comments, though, might have been some of the most questionable.
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