Professional Soccer Corridor of Famer Brett Favre on Wednesday stated he finds it “onerous to imagine” that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin meant to kill George Floyd throughout Floyd’s arrest final 12 months.
“I discover it onerous to imagine, and I’m not defending Derek Chauvin in any method, I discover it onerous to imagine, to begin with, that he deliberately meant to kill George Floyd,” Favre stated on his podcast Bolling with Favre.
“That being stated, his actions have been uncalled for,” the 20-year NFL veteran added. “I don’t care what shade the individual is on the road. I don’t know what led to that video that we noticed the place his knee is on his neck, however the man had thrown within the towel.”
Favre’s feedback got here at some point after a jury convicted Chauvin of second-degree homicide, third-degree homicide, and second-degree manslaughter.
In video of the arrest, Chauvin is seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck for greater than 9 minutes, even after Floyd misplaced consciousness.
The soccer legend waded into the heated discourse round Floyd’s loss of life only one week after saying he wished politics out of sports activities. He stated final week that he believed the involvement of politics in athletics has harm video games and that he agrees with those that have determined to cease watching sports activities.
On Wednesday, Favre defended his feedback about politics and sports activities after receiving backlash, saying: “I simply gave my opinion. I’m definitely not a racist despite what some individuals would possibly assume, and you already know, I’m for unity and I simply really feel like there’s a greater option to unify our nation.”
“That being stated, there’s quite a lot of issues that have to cease.” Favre stated.
In the meantime, the NFL expressed help for the decision within the Chauvin trial in a press release on Tuesday.
“Right this moment’s final result within the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis doesn’t undo the lack of life,” the assertion learn. “Mr. George Floyd must be right here with us at present. Our hearts stay with the Floyd Household, and we perceive the ache, anger and frustration doesn’t go away even when justice is delivered.”