Brett Favre’s SiriusXM Show Put on Hold Following His Involvement in Mississippi Welfare Fraud Case
The news follows the decision by ESPN Milwaukee to suspend his weekly Packers recap program The Brett Favre Show, according to NBC Sports. The ex-footballer, who also played for the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Jets has hosted the NFL show The SiriusXM Blitz With Brett Favre and Bruce Murray since 2018. The show airs Tuesdays and released its most recent broadcast Sept. 13.
In May, the former NFL quarterback — along with 37 other individuals and organizations — was sued by the Mississippi Department of Human Services for allegedly misusing millions in state welfare funding for personal projects. Favre was accused of redirecting $5 million in state welfare funding to the construction of a volleyball field at the University of Southern Mississippi where Favre’s daughter plays.
Favre was also interviewed NBC News by the FBI. His lawyer confirmed this to NBC News , in a Sept.1 report .. According to the Mississippi state auditor, the federal agency spoke with Favre about the $1 million in speaking fees that he received from the state of Mississippi for motivational talks that he didn’t deliver.
The former Green Bay player denied any wrongdoing and his lawyer Bud Holmes stated NBC News that Favre was not charged with or accused in any crime. He also said that Favre was not aware that the money was meant to help low-income children.
The investigation into his speaking fees dates back to 2020, with that money also taken out of the state’s welfare fund. The NFL quarterback was required to pay the speaking fees with interest. He has not paid the interest since.
In a report published Sept. 13 by Mississippi Today, text messages allegedly show the former quarterback working with former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant Bryant and John Davis, former executive director of Mississippi’s Department of Human Services, and Nancy New, founder of Mississippi Community Education, were allegedly involved in a scheme to divert state welfare funds.
This money was part of a federal program called the Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF), which financially supports states in supporting low-income families with kids.
The pause of Favre’s SiriusXM show follows Bryant pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and to commit theft concerning programs receiving federal funds, as well as theft concerning programs receiving federal funds, the Department of Justice announced Sept. 22.
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