Brett Favre has never been shy of sharing his opinion on some of the more controversial topics in the world.
The retired NFL quarterback spoke out against multiple trans athletes competing in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics during his podcast “Bolling with Favre.”
Favre addressed the New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, who will become the first openly transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics after being selected to compete in the women’s super-heavyweight category.
Hubbard competed in men’s events before coming out as transgender in 2013.
“It’s a man competing as a woman. That’s unfair. It’s not fair for a man, even if this person wants to be a woman or feels compelled — if you want to become the opposite sex, that’s fine. I got no problem with it,” Favre said. “But you can’t compete against — males cannot compete against females. “If I was a true female — I can’t believe I’m saying that — and I was competing in weightlifting and lost to this person, I would be beside myself.”
Hubbard became eligible to compete at the Olympics in 2015 when the International Olympic Committee changed its rules around transgender athletes. Updated IOC policy now allows people assigned male at birth to compete in women’s events without requiring sex-reassignment surgery if they have fewer than 10 nanomoles of testosterone per liter in their blood.