Nbc news reports, Mississippi’s state auditor says $70 million in federal welfare funds went to Favre, a volleyball complex and a former pro wrestler in a scandal that has rocked Mississippi.
Mississippi Paid Brett Favre $1.1 Million from Federal Welfare Funds for speeches he never made!
Brett Favre earned nearly $140 million as a star NFL quarterback over two decades and millions more in product endorsements. But the state of Mississippi also gave Favre $1.1 million in 2017 and 2018 to make motivational speeches, out of federal welfare funds intended for needy families.
To top it off, the Mississippi state auditor says Favre never even gave the speeches and has demanded the money back, with interest.
Brett Farve has returned more than $1.1 million to the state of Mississippi!
The saga, which has been going on for more than 2 years, drew new attention in July, when the states welfare agency fired a lawyer who had been hired to claw back some of the money, just after he issued a subpoena seeking more information about the roles of Favre and the former governor, Phil Bryant, a Republican.
“Mr. Favre was a very great quarterback, but having been a great NFL quarterback, he is not well acquainted with poverty.”Brad Pigott
Pigott, who before he was fired sued on behalf of Mississippi’s welfare agency, naming Favre and 37 other grant recipients, laid ultimate blame at the feet of top Mississippi politicians, including Bryant.
“Governor Bryant gave tens of millions of dollars of this TANF welfare money to a nonprofit led by a person who he knew well and who had more connections with his political party than with the good people in Mississippi who have the heart and the skills to actually cajole people out of poverty or prevent teenage pregnancies,”Brad Pigott
In an interview with the website Mississippi Today, Bryant said he never knew the grants came from welfare money. His lawyer didn’t respond to requests for comment.
Favre defended himself in a series of tweets last year against allegations from White, the state auditor, that he accepted state money for speeches he never intended to give.
“I would never knowingly take funds meant to help our neighbors in need, but for Shad White to continue to push out this lie that the money was for no-show events is something I cannot stay silent about,”From a Tweet by Brett Favre
The state auditor rejected Favre’s defense in a series of tweets that pointed to the contract he obtained and said,
“You can continue to use your megaphone as a celebrity to drown out the facts, but it will not change the facts.”
The speeches aren’t the only welfare grants tied to Favre. Text messages obtained by Mississippi Today and authenticated by Pigott show that Favre sought a $3.2 million grant for a drug company in which he was a shareholder and a $5 million award that built a volleyball arena at the University of Southern Mississippi.
The drug company, Prevacus, was touting treatments to mitigate the effects of concussions, although none were approved by the Food and Drug Administration. In some texts, Favre suggested awarding shares in the drug company to Bryant while he was governor.
“Don’t know if legal or not but we need cut him in,”Favre texted a company official in November 2018, referring to Bryant.
Following up three days later, Favre wrote,
“Also, if legal I’ll give some of my shares to the Governor.”
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