NFL Hall of Famer Brett Favre said Sunday that politics in sports is hurting the games.
Favre was on The Andrew Klavan Show on the conservative website The Daily Wire, where he made the comments, adding that most fans want sports to be about only sports.
“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,” Favre said. “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.”
Adding, “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.”
Politics and sports have been a hot topic in recent weeks following Major League Baseball’s decision to remove the All-Star game out of Atlanta after Georgia Gov. Bryan Kemp enacted voting laws that many see as restrictive to Black and brown people in the state.
Favre, who’s been public for his support of former President Donald Trump, said that kneeling during the national anthem has “created more turmoil than good” and that his support for the former president shouldn’t be compared, according to USA Today.
“It’s really a shame that we’ve come to this,” he 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.”