What Brett Favre Had to Say About Kneeling
“I know from being in an NFL locker room for 20 years, regardless of race, background, money you grew up with, we were all brothers it didn’t matter,” the Green Bay Packers alum told USA Today. “Guys got along great. Will that be the same (with kneeling scenario)? I don’t know. If one guy chooses to stand for his cause and another guy chooses to kneel for his cause, is one right and the other wrong? I don’t believe so. We tend to be fixed on highs.”
“I don’t know what it’s like to be Black,” he continued. “It’s not for me to say what’s right and what’s wrong. I do know we should all be treated equal. If you can’t do that, you shouldn’t be in America.”
“There’s no right answer,” Favre added, addressing if people should or shouldn’t kneel. “Other than, the right answer is that we all get along. It seems like the more people try the more damage is done.”
Favre sang Kaepernick and Pat Tillman’s praises during a recent interview with TMZ Sports. He told the outlet that both men should be treated like heroes.
For those who don’t know, Tillman was a safety for the Arizona Cardinals player who left his professional career in football to join the Army. His motivation for joining the armed forces was due to the September 11, 2001 terrorism attacks. Unfortunately, he was later killed when he was deployed in Afghanistan from friendly fire in 2004.
Favre was asked if Kaepernick had reached the level of a legend after he knelt during the National Anthem when he was playing for the San Fransisco 49ers back in 2016. He has not played an NFL game since.
“I can only think of — right off the top of my head — Pat Tillman’s another guy who did something similar, and we regard him as a hero,” Favre said. “So I’d assume that hero status will be stamped with Kaepernick as well.”
The NFL’s Response to Kneeling
The National Football League was initially against kneeling during the National Anthem, citing respect for our troops.
Now, the NFL players are expected to kneel during the anthem. Players also have the option to wear a decal of initials or names of victims of racism or police brutality.