Former Packers great Brett Favre still divided on kneeling during national anthem issue
If legendary quarterback Brett Favre was still suiting up for the Green Bay Packers this season, we might not see him kneel alongside his teammates when the national anthem is played. Or, we actually might.
After all the talk about kneeling and the Black Lives Matter movement all across the globe, the 11-time Pro Bowler is still unsure on whether athletes should or shouldn’t kneel during the national anthem.
“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,” Favre said via 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.”
The Hall of Fame Packers Super Bowl champion is taking the safe route when it comes to the controversial issue of kneeling. For Favre, the priority should be equality and getting along and not necessarily about who kneels or stands during the anthem.
“I don’t know what it’s like to be Black. 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.”
Though a lot of people, both in and out of the league, still feel that it is a sign of disrespect to the American flag and to the country as a whole, there have been a growing number of NFL athletes that have declared that they will still opt to kneel when the season begins. Cleveland Browns signal-caller Baker Mayfield earlier confirmed that he will “absolutely” kneel as well as Arizona Cardinals rising second-year passer Kyler Murray.