Brett Favre is widely regarded as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. Favre’s alleged involvement in a multi-million dollar welfare fraud may have become a lot worse. Favre’s SiriusXM show was recently canceled due to his involvement in the welfare fraud case.
Following his involvement in a Mississippi welfare fraud scandal, Brett Favre’s SiriusXM show has been suspended. The Hollywood Reporter obtained confirmation from a company spokesperson. According to NBC Sports, the news comes after ESPN Milwaukee decided to suspend his weekly Packers recap show, The Brett Favre Show.
Since 2018, the former footballer, who previously played for the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Jets, has hosted the NFL show The SiriusXM Blitz With Brett Favre and Bruce Murray. The show airs on Tuesdays, and the most recent episode aired on September 13th. The Mississippi Department of Human Services sued the former NFL quarterback and 37 other individuals and organizations in May for allegedly misusing millions of dollars in state welfare funding for personal projects.
In Favre’s case, this allegedly included redirecting $5 million in help toward the construction of a volleyball stadium at the University of Southern Mississippi, where Favre’s daughter played. Favre was also interviewed by the FBI, which his lawyer confirmed to NBC News in a September 1st report. According to the Mississippi state auditor, the federal agency met with the NFL Hall of Famer about the more than $1 million in speaking fees he received from the state of Mississippi for motivational speeches he did not deliver.
At the time, the former Green Bay player denied any wrongdoing, and his lawyer, Bud Holmes, told NBC News that Favre had not been charged or accused of a crime, nor had he been informed that the money was intended to aid low-income children. The investigation into his speaking fees started in 2020, and the money was also withdrawn from the state’s welfare fund. The NFL quarterback was ordered to pay the speaking fees with interest, which he has done, but not the interest.
Text messages allegedly show the former quarterback working with former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant Bryant, former executive director of Mississippi’s Department of Human Services John Davis, and founder of nonprofit Mississippi Community Education Nancy New to divert state welfare funds, according to a report published on Sept. 13 by Mississippi Today. That money came from a federal program called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), which assists states to support low-income families with children.
The suspension of Favre’s SiriusXM show comes after Bryant pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and theft concerning programs receiving federal funds, the Department of Justice reported on September 22. Let’s see what happens. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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