Brett Favre may speak for a lot of fans when he says he’d like athletes to stick to sports.
With the ongoing turmoil in the world, seemingly from all angles at times, athletes consider how their platform can drive change, awareness of whatever adjective might fit a circumstance. Brett Favre was as driven an athlete as there was in his era, missing exactly zero starts as an NFL quarterback from early in the 1992 season to late in the 2010 campaign, mostly with the Green Bay Packers.
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 made his ‘stick to sports’ stance abundantly clear
Favre went further, speaking specifically about players kneeling.
“It’s really a shame that we’ve come to this,” Favre said. “Something has to unify us, and I felt like the flag, standing patriotically—because Blacks and whites and Hispanics have fought for this country and died for this country. It’s too bad.”
Favre endorsed President Trump in last fall’s election. So in that instance politics appeared to suit him fine, despite he himself being known solely in the sports realm. But Favre is hardly alone in that strain of convenient commentary factor, no matter where someone is in terms of political ideology.
Favre surely speaks for a lot fans who have grown tired of politics invading their sports. Sports are supposed to be fun, and a welcome respite from the world’s more difficult problems. But the social and political stances taken by athletes, silently or otherwise, are not going away anytime soon.