“Brett Favre continued to press for state funds despite knowing it’s illegal” New twist in the multi-million dollar Mississippi welfare fraud case

former Governor Phil Bryant, Brett Favre-IMAGO/Zuma wire IMAGO/ICON Sportswire
former Governor Phil Bryant, Brett Favre-IMAGO/Zuma wire IMAGO/ICON Sportswire

Brett Favre has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently which doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon after his alleged involvement in the Mississippi Welfare Fraud is turning out to be more than previously known. Favre is alleged to be a key beneficiary in the scandal but he seems to have pushed for more despite warnings.

In an ongoing court case regarding the misappropriation of funds, per ESPN according to a filing that objects to a subpoena for the former governor Phil Bryant’s documents Favre continued to push for state funding for the volleyball facility at his alma mater the University of Southern Mississippi where his daughter was a member of the volleyball team. The former Green Bay Packers legend hasn’t been charged in the multi-million dollar scandal but his name has come quite too often enough to prove that he played a major role and per text messages, in the court filing the former governor had informed Favre about the illegality of it all although by then some damage had already been done.

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Brett Favre pressed for about $2 million more for programs at the USM Volleyball facility

Brett Favre, University of Southern Mississippi , former Governor Phil Bryant --IMAGO/Icon Sportswire IMAGO/ZUMA WIRE
Brett Favre, University of Southern Mississippi, former Governor Phil Bryant –IMAGO/Icon Sportswire IMAGO/ZUMA WIRE

Bryant’s texts to Brett Favre from July 2019 seem to warn Favre about the illegality of the matter as it said-” Use of these funds [are] tightly controlled. Any improper use could result in violation of Federal Law. Auditors are currently reviewing the use of these funds.”

Brett Favre continued his efforts though as per the texts that were exchanged between Favre and Bryant after a meeting where Favre, Bryant, and others discussed requesting an additional $1.8 million to $2 million for programs at the new facility, Favre called upon Bryant’s fellow Southern Miss alum status to push for the funds-“We obviously need your help big time and time is working against us. And we feel that your name is the perfect choice for this facility and we are not taking No for an answer! You are a Southern Miss Alumni, and folks need to know you are also a supporter of the University.”

Here again, Bryant hinted at the need to follow the letter of the law for the matter as he added ‘I am too old for Federal prison.’

Favre’s efforts didn’t seem to stop after all this, although he has denied knowing the origin of these funds per his lawyers.

As the case unravels we will get to know more about Favre’s involvement in the matter and to what extent he is to be held accountable for the fraud. The scandal per the state auditors is worth $77 million in the improper use of funds which makes it the largest case of public fraud in state history.

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Shashank Aryan is an NFL writer at Firstsportz. Football as a sport and a way of life has always fascinated him. The NFL as a platform that lets people write and rewrite their own stories of greatness has always fascinated him and made him fall in love with this game.