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Brett Favre wants politics out of sports, says kneeling for national anthem has 'created more turmoil'

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 4/15/2021 Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY

Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre said he does not want politics involved in sports because it's hurting the games. 

Favre made his comments Sunday on "The Andrew Klavan Show" on The Daily Wire. He added that he believes most fans want sports to remain about sports, not politics. 

"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,

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"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."

Favre's comments came days after Major League Baseball decided to move the league's All-Star Game to Coors Field in Denver after pulling it from Truist Park near Atlanta. The decision to pull the game from the Atlanta Braves home ballpark came after Georgia passed voting laws likened to Jim Crow-era laws.

a man holding a baseball bat in front of a crowd: Week 2: Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre was in attendance for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' game against the Carolina Panthers. © Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports Week 2: Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre was in attendance for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' game against the Carolina Panthers.

This week, athletes have spoken out about the death of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who was shot by a white police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

The 20-year NFL veteran and Super Bowl 31 winner was open about voting for former president Donald Trump in the 2020 election. When asked why it was controversial for him to support Trump but not for athletes to kneel for the national anthem, Favre said the controversy was very lopsided and kneeling for the anthem has "created more turmoil than good."

"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."

Follow Jordan Mendoza on Twitter: @jord_mendoza.

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