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SiriusXM and ESPN suspend Brett Favre programming as welfare scandal intensifies

Ex-official pleads responsible in welfare scandal


Ex-official pleads responsible in Mississippi welfare scandal

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Two of Brett Favre’s weekly exhibits have reportedly been suspended as a result of former quarterback’s alleged entanglement in a welfare fraud case unfolding in Mississippi.

ESPN paused “The Brett Favre Show” podcast final week, the community confirmed with CBS MoneyWatch, and SiriusXM did the identical for Favre’s weekly radio present, The Athletic tweeted Sunday. ESPN and SiriusXM did not instantly reply to requests for remark Monday.

The suspensions come months after Favre was talked about in an audit of Mississippi’s state funds. An auditor discovered state officers redirected greater than $70 million in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families welfare funds final year to Favre and different people as a substitute of giving the money to low-income households. State officers, extra particularly, used a nonprofit group to funnel $1.1 million to Favre as a stipend to carry out speeches that he by no means gave, Mississippi auditor Shad White discovered. 

In an October 2021 Facebook put up, Favre stated he has began repaying the money to the state. Favre additionally stated within the put up that he did not know the money got here from welfare funds. 

As I’ve stated earlier than, I’d by no means settle for money for no-show appearances, as the state of Mississippi auditor, Shad…

Posted by Brett Favre on Friday, October 29, 2021

The Mississippi Department of Human Services has filed a lawsuit towards Favre, three former professional wrestlers and a number of different individuals and companies to attempt to recuperate hundreds of thousands in welfare {dollars}. The lawsuit alleges that Favre, former WWE star Ted “the Million Dollar Man” DiBiase and others “squandered” greater than $20 million supposed for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families anti-poverty program.

Court paperwork associated to the case present a string of textual content messages that recommend former Gov. Phil Bryant was “on board” with Favre getting the speech money. The textual content message chain was between Favre and Nancy New, the manager director of the Mississippi Community Education Center. 

New and Favre mentioned a fee association coming from the Mississippi Department of Human Services by means of her nonprofit, with Favre then saying he would direct the money to the volleyball facility on the University of Southern Mississippi.

Favre, who performed 20 seasons within the NFL, and Bryant, who left office in 2020, are each USM alums. Favre’s daughter, Breleigh, started taking part in volleyball on the college in 2017. His daughter was the fourth winningest seashore volleyball participant in USM’s historical past, according to Sports Illustrated. She transferred to LSU in August 2022.

Neither Favre nor Bryant have been charged within the welfare misspending case.

John Davis, who ran Mississippi’s human providers division and was appointed by Bryant, pleaded responsible final week on federal conspiracy costs of misspending tens of hundreds of thousands of {dollars}. Davis, who was the human providers government director from February 2016 by means of July 2019, can be sentenced subsequent year. 

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