Mississippi State is suing former NFL quarterback and Hall of Famer Brett Favre and others, alleging they misappropriated millions of dollars allocated to welfare.
Recently surfaced text messages from 2017 indicate that former Mississippi governor Phil Bryant, who stepped down in 2020, was aware of the arrangement, and that the money was intended to help low-income families. was. After being funneled through a nonprofit, it eventually went to Favre to help build a volleyball facility at the University of Southern Mississippi, the lawsuit alleges.
Favre, who has a 20-year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and others, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in the matter.
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Here’s everything we know about the case:
What charges is Brett Favre facing in the trial?
The lawsuit, brought in May by the Mississippi Department of Human Services, alleges that defendants “wasted” more than $20 million in state temporary assistance for an anti-poverty program for families in need.
Text messages recorded Monday in the lawsuit show that then-Governor Phil Bryant was involved in the plan and even directed Favre to write a funding proposal so that it would be accepted by the Mississippi Department of Human Services. Can you
Instead of money going to the program, the suit alleges that it was funneled through a non-profit group, the Mississippi Community Education Center, Favre and eventually spent on a new volleyball facility at the University of Southern Mississippi. Favre and former Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant both attended the school. Favre’s daughter started playing in the volleyball team there in 2017.
What do text messages say?
Court documents filed Monday by an attorney for the Mississippi Community Education Center show messages between Favre and the center’s executive director, Nancy New. The text messages dated August 3, 2017 include references to the former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and Favre admit some unfairness.
Favre: If you pay me can the media find out where it came from and how much?
new: No, we never publicized that information. I understand you are getting uncomfortable about this. Let’s see what happens on Monday with conversations with some people from the South. Maybe it will click with them. hopefully.
In a message the next day, New confirmed to Favre that he had ended a phone call with Bryant, who was “on board” with the arrangement.
Has there been any allegation in this case?
Nancy New and her son, Zachary New, who helped run the non-profit Mississippi Community Education Center, pleaded guilty in April to a misappropriation of welfare funds. They await sentencing and have agreed to testify against the others.
Favre has not been charged with any criminal wrongdoing.
Has Brett Favre said anything on the matter?
In October 2021, after clearing part of the money owed, Favre said in a Facebook post that he would “never intentionally take money to help our neighbors in need.”
Favre said that he would “never accept money for no-show appearances” and that he was “doing everything I could to support this investigation to make things right for the people of Mississippi.” “
What have others said about Brett Favre since the allegations surfaced?
Jeff Perlman wrote a 2016 biography on Favre called “Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre” and Urged his Twitter followers not to buy or read this book.
“Looking at it now, if I’m being brutally honest – I’d advise people not to read it,” Perlman wrote on Twitter on Tuesday, “He’s a bad guy. He doesn’t deserve icon treatment. He doesn’t deserve praise. Image rehabilitation. Hot stories of grid glory. His treatment of @jennifersterger…was unforgivable.
“And now—taking money designated to help poor people in her kingdom, and funneling it to make (checking the notes) a (unattended) Volleyball Arena (!?!?!?) so bizarre, So monstrous. I don’t. I don’t know what someone like that looks like in the mirror. I just don’t. So, honestly, don’t buy the book, don’t take it out of the library. Leave it. Lots of better people than you deserve There are hours of reading. Of your time. I like to take pieces like Brett Favre into the abyss, shamed by greed and selfishness.”
What else has Brett Favre been accused of?
In May 2020, the Mississippi State Auditor said that the Mississippi Community Education Center paid Favre Enterprises $500,000 in December 2017 and $600,000 in June 2018. The auditor’s report stated that “on a cursory review of those dates, the auditors were able to determine that the contracted person neither spoke nor was present for those events.”
Favre initially denied the claim in the days following the audit, but then paid $600,000 in October 2021. At the time, the state auditor said the state attorney general could sue Favre if he didn’t pay interest on the amount.
Then, in November 2021, Favre missed a deadline to pay $228,000 in interest, prompting the state auditor to turn the matter over to the state attorney general’s office.
Who is Brett Favre?
Favre, 52, played in the NFL 20 seasons from 1991–2010 for the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings. A three-time MVP, three-time All-Pro, 11-time Pro Bowler, Favre was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.
He threw for 71,838 yards and 508 touchdowns, both of which briefly stood as all-time NFL records, although he is now ranked fourth on the current all-time list.
Contribution: The Associated Press