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Brett Favre alleged to have used welfare money for university sporting facility, record shows

Brett Favre alleged to have used welfare money for university sporting facility, record shows

  • Packers
Sep 26
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  • SportsWriters

Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre hit major news headlines after his name was tied in a public corruption case following his university volleyball arena project for the University of Southern Mississippi was found to have been using welfare money for over two years.

Via text messages, which were converted as court documents filed last Friday by ex-Mississippi Governor (2012-2020) Phil Bryant’s lawyer, exchanges show that Favre wanted to build a sporting facility for the university through the use of the private fund in 2017, which Gov. Bryant was willing to help.

Bryant’s lawyer insisted the former governor and Favre’s text messages never mentioned anything about using welfare money. Instead, the two were only keen on using “private donations and corporate sponsorships.”

However, it was later found that Favre’s pet project had been using welfare money without Bryant being completely aware of it for over two years. The welfare money was intended to help people in need in the country’s poorest state.

People tied to the case have come out, some pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against others. According to The Associated Press’ Emily Wagster Pettus, the list of people included an ex-pro wrestler who used the welfare money for drug rehab and a former director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services John Davis.

Both Nancy New, and her son Zachary, who ran the nonprofit organization Mississippi Community Education Center, also pleaded guilty to state charges of misusing welfare money.

According to court records, Favre, New, and Davis met in July 2017 to discuss using the welfare money to fund a volleyball arena on the campus. It was only in July 2019 that Bryant realized the Dept. of Human Services was also involved in the project via text exchange with Favre. Later that year in September, Favre met with Bryant to speed up the progress — the then-governor agreed only if they “follow the law” as he was “too old for federal prison.”

Bryant and Favre have yet to face any criminal charges. The latter is not included in the state’s civil lawsuit. The former governor has refused to provide further documents unless a protective order is made, which will prevent the release of any content to the public.

"We obviously need your help big time and time is working against us," Favre wrote. "And we feel that your name (Gov. Phil Bryant) 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."

- Brett Favre

"Maybe he wants the state to pay off his promises. Like all of us I like Brett. He is a legend but he has to understand what a pledge means. I have tried many time[s] to explain that to him."

- Phil Bryant

  • Brett Favre

    Brett Lorenzo Favre FARV; born October 10, 1969) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for 20 seasons, primarily with the Green Bay Packers.

  • Phil Bryant

    Dewey Phillip Bryant is an American politician who served as the 64th Governor of Mississippi from 2012 to 2020. A member of the Republican Party,

  • Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium

    Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium is an outdoor football stadium in Jackson, Mississippi, United States.

  • Mississippi State Penitentiary

    Mississippi State Penitentiary , also known as Parchman Farm, is a maximum-security prison farm located in unincorporated Sunflower County, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta region.