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Brett Favre says it's 'hard to believe' Derek Chauvin meant to kill George Floyd

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 4/22/2021 Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY
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One day after Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd, Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre said he did not think the former Minneapolis police officer meant to kill Floyd.

"I find it hard to believe, and I'm not defending Derek Chauvin in any way, I find it hard to believe, first of all, that he intentionally meant to kill George Floyd," Favre said. "That being said, his actions were uncalled for. I don't care what color the person is on the street. I don't know what led to that video that we saw where his knee is on his neck, but the man had thrown in the towel."

The comments came from the 20-year NFL veteran's "Bolling with Favre" podcast alongside TV personality Eric Bolling.

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It's worth noting that the prosecution didn't allege that Chauvin intended to cause the death of Floyd. Chauvin was charged with second-degree and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter. 

  • Second-degree murder is causing the death of a human being, without intent to cause that death, while committing or attempting to commit another felony. In this case, the alleged felony was third-degree assault. 
  • Third-degree murder is unintentionally causing someone’s death by committing an act that is eminently dangerous to other persons while exhibiting a depraved mind, with reckless disregard for human life. 
  • Second-degree manslaughter is culpable negligence where a person creates an unreasonable risk and consciously takes the chance of causing death or great bodily harm to someone else.
Brett Favre wearing a suit and tie: Brett Favre shows off his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring after receiving it during a 2016 game at Lambeau Field. © Jim Matthews, USA TODAY Sports Brett Favre shows off his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring after receiving it during a 2016 game at Lambeau Field.

Favre said last week he wanted politics out of sports because he believed it was hurting games, and agreed with people deciding not to watch sports anymore. Favre said he was aware of the backlash his comments received but stands by his comments. 

"I just gave my opinion. I'm certainly not a racist in spite of 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's a lot of things that need to stop." Favre said. 

Numerous athletes, coaches and sports leagues voiced support of Chauvin's conviction Tuesday evening, including the NFL, which said, "Today's outcome in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis does not undo the loss of life. Mr. George Floyd should be here with us today,

 "Our hearts remain with the Floyd Family, and we understand the pain, anger and frustration does not go away even when justice is delivered."

Contributing: Tami Abdollah and Kevin McCoy

Follow Jordan Mendoza on Twitter: @jord_mendoza.

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