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In case anyone forgot or isn’t a sports fan, you can immediately tell that NFL great Brett Favre is no longer an active player, because he had some positive things to say about President Donald Trump, contrary to the prevailing ethos in the sports and entertainment sectors.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Favre hit the links with Trump in July at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. as he said he would do with any president who extended a similar invitation.
“Well, I think the fact that I went and played golf with him, the assumption is that I support him. I think he’s done a good job for our country. Is he perfect? By no means is he perfect. Tell me someone who is perfect other than Jesus Christ, and I’ll call you a liar,” the retired quarterback told the Washington Examiner.
Favre recalled that he and the president, who is a big sports fan and a former owner of the New Jersey Generals of the USFL that operated for three seasons in the 1980s, pretty much steered clear of politics during their golf outing.
“I was pleasantly surprised that the president can play golf. He plays extremely fast. It was very engaging conversation.” President Trump “asked a lot about football, not really in a negative sense but who I thought were the really good players right now, the up-and-coming players, what about guys that I played against defensively. You know, general questions. In fact, at one time, he said, ‘Hey, if I’m asking too many football questions, just let me know.’
“I said, ‘I’d rather you do that than politics because I know a lot less about politics than I do football.’ And he said, ‘You’re much better off.’”
At his NJ golf club this evening, Pres Trump attended a fundraiser hosted by @AmericaFirstPAC, a SuperPAC devoted to his reelection. Earlier in the day, WH posted photo of him playing golf with Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre. (WH Photo by Tia Dufour) pic.twitter.com/7797oBNU0n
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 25, 2020
The Super Bowl champion and three-time MVP who spent most of his NFL career with the Green Bay Packers noted in the Washington Examiner interview that “I think the fact that I went and played golf with him, the assumption is that I support him…I told all the haters out there: I would go play golf with Barack Obama had he asked me. It’s an honor. And I respect the office of the presidency of the United States of America regardless of who is in office, and consider it an extreme honor to be asked to participate in golf or any other event by the president.”
As Favre may have been alluding to, in the increasingly woke-dominated sports industry, saying anything nice or conciliatory about President Trump constitutes almost a no-go zone. Once a good pal of Trump, for example, superstar quarterback Tom Brady has backed away from their longtime friendship to avoid all the hassle around the time that left-wing sports reporters flipped out when they spotted a MAGA hat in his locker gifted to him by his former boss, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
Now the signal-caller for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brady, who is consistently non-political, was among the players in past years skipping a visit the White House with the Pats for the ceremonial Super Bowl celebration with the president.
Given the locker room and social media peer pressure from the SJW cohort, Jason Whitlock of Outkick is among those who maintain that what professional athletes say or don’t say about politics publicly is often different from their private feelings.
“I’m not a rah-rah guy. I tend to keep a lot of my thoughts to myself. But I do think that [Trump has] done a good job. Again, perfect? No, but he’s trying,” Brett Favre told the Washington Examiner.
Robert Jonathan is a staff writer for BizPac Review. He is a longtime writer/editor for news aggregation websites and has also developed content in the legal and financial publishing sectors as well as for online education. He earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law, “a law school the basketball teams can be proud of.”