Chmura calls Favre 'a selfish guy'


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Chmura calls Favre 'a selfish guy'
Posted: April 3, 2006

Former Green Bay tight end Mark Chmura is critical of Packers quarterback Brett Favre for failing to make up his mind about retirement, saying Favre is selfish and hypocritical.

Chmura also says his estranged friend did not call him once between the time Chmura was accused of sexual assault in April 2000 and his acquittal at trial 10 months later in February 2001.

Chmura made his comments Sunday morning on WAUK-AM (1510), on the "Miller Lite Football Show," which he co-hosted with Craig Karmazin.

"People who don't think that it's all about him are fooling themselves," said Chmura, referring to Favre not yet making known his plans to return next season or retire. "With a quote like, 'What are they going to do, cut me?' It's all about him."

Favre made his comment about getting cut last week to reporters. It sounded like a line tossed out in jest, but some observers, including Chmura, have chosen to see an example of Favre's arrogance in it.

"It's OK to think it, but you can't say stuff like that," Chmura said. "That's this guy's mind-set."

Chmura, 37, said Favre was hurting the Packers organization by not letting them know what he is going to do.

"Where it's hypocritical is, he's very critical of Javon Walker and he's not a team player, you know he (Walker) doesn't care about the team," Chmura said. "Well, what is he (Favre) doing now? I mean, does he think this is the best thing possible for the team? I mean, they have one quarterback on the roster who they like, who hasn't even started one NFL game. They have to know."

Chmura's comments about Favre occupied about 10 minutes of air time. He said Favre was stringing the Packers along by not making up his mind.

"These quotes are 'I am better than the game,'" Chmura said. "'I will make my decision when I want, and Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy aren't going to tell me what to do,'" Chmura said, referring to the Packers' general manager and coach.

Chmura said if Favre returned it would be for the money.

"He had the other quote in the newspaper saying if he comes back this is definitely his last year," Chmura said. "Well, the Packers aren't going to the Super Bowl. They aren't close to the Super Bowl. I think if they keep going in the direction they are, they can go 8-8, 9-7. Why come back? Why, if not for the money?"

Chmura said Favre did not support him during his trial.

"He's a selfish guy," Chmura said. "He's a very selfish guy. And what people don't know, I'm not going to say this to throw the guy under the bus, but this is a guy from my arrest to my acquittal never called me one time."

Chmura played for the Packers from 1993-'99. Chmura, Favre and center Frank Winters were referred to as the "Three Amigos" because they spent much time off the field together. Winters attended Chmura's trial.

When Chmura was hired by WAUK in July 2004 to provide pro football commentary on a weekly show, he said, referring to Favre: "Haven't really talked to him throughout the years."

At that time, Chmura said he had attended the funeral of Irvin Favre, Brett's father.

Chmura said he received more calls and letters of support from Packers old-timers, like FuzzyThurston, Jerry Kramer and Ron Kramer.

"It was disappointing," Chmura said, referring to the lack of encouragement he received from Favre during his legal ordeal. "Obviously, (I was) disappointed. But what did the late, great Martin Luther King say? 'Measure of a man is not where he stands in the time comfort but in the time of conflict.'

"You find out what people are made of, what they are all about. And I'll tell you what. The friends I have now I wouldn't trade them for anything."

Apparently referring to his friendship with Favre, Chmura said it ended because of money.

"You know what wrecked the whole thing?" Chmura asked. "It's money. You know?"

Chmura said his familiarity with Favre gives him a particular insight into what Favre is thinking on the issue of retirement.

"When people sit there and read these comments, I'm pretty qualified to read between the lines and tell you what this guy is about," Chmura said. "Good or bad, that's fine. I mean, a lot of athletes are like this. They are selfish. They are all about themselves. I think some of these quotes you are seeing show it."

Chmura cited an online poll in the Journal Sentinel that showed about 33% of the more than 22,000 respondents did not want Favre to come back. The survey is unscientific.

Chmura cited another comment Favre made last season about not wanting to mentor then-rookie quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

"He said something to the effect, 'No. He can learn on his own.' Well, what is that? Like I said, it's OK to think it but you never say that. You don't say that.

"There are fans out there (who) could find out that Brett Favre could run over 14 puppies and they still wouldn't care. These people would think he was still the greatest thing since sliced bread. But I think there are people out there . . . who are kind of on the fence (thinking), 'What is this guy all about?'"

Chmura said Walker, the wide receiver whom Chmura referred to as the Packers' "best offensive player two years ago," was not going to play for Green Bay this season. Walker said recently he would rather retire than play for Green Bay.

"I think he is going to stand pat and he is not coming in," Chmura said. "He'll really look like an idiot if he does (come in), after the fuss he made last season of not showing up. I don't think he shows up."

Karmazin, whose company owns WAUK, said Monday afternoon that he did not think Chmura's opinions about Favre's retirement issue were caused by bitter feelings Chmura has because the quarterback did not show support for Chmura during the trial.

Karmazin said Chmura, as someone paid to offer opinions, was expressing one about an important issue for the Packers and for the National Football League.
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