The American football quarterback made the comments on his Boiling with Favre podcast.
However, he insisted he was not ‘defending’ the 45-year-old who is currently being held in solitary confinement for his own safety.
He said: “I find it hard to believe, and I’m not defending Derek Chauvin in any way, I find it hard to believe, first of all, that he intentionally meant to kill George Floyd.”
He added: “That being said, his actions were uncalled for.
“I don’t care what color the person is on the street. I don’t know what led to that video that we saw where his knee is on his neck, but the man had thrown in the towel.”
Favre’s comments have received a backlash online, with one person writing on Twitter: “So… Brett Favre had more of an issue when Colin Kaepernick took a knee on the field, than when Derek Chauvin took a knee on George Floyd. Got it.”
Another added: “I’m sure George Floyd’s family feels much better about his murder knowing that Brett Favre doesn’t believe Derek Chauvin meant to do it.”
While a third penned: “Bret Favre is a legend and one of the greatest and toughest NFL QB’s ever.
“But he’s flat out wrong. Derek Chauvin still continued to kneel on George Floyd’s neck after he died for another 4 minutes. He had the intent to kill & he should never see the light of day out of prison.”
Chauvin is currently being held at Oak Park Heights.
It’s been reported that he will be sentenced in two months.
Because he was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter, he is looking at a minimum of 12 years and a maximum of 40 years.
Featured image credit: Bolling with Favre podcast via YouTube/Minnesota Department of Corrections.