NFL legend Favre to give back money in Miss. welfare scheme

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

NFL legend Brett Favre was recently named in a welfare scandal in Mississippi. He allegedly received $1.1 million in services that he did not make.

State Auditor Shad White said that his office received $500,000 from Favre on Wednesday. The former quarterback is expected to repay the rest of the money over the next several months.

Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre poses with a bronze bust during the NFL Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony
Brett Favre poses with a bronze bust during the NFL Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony (Getty Images)

“My agent is often approached by different products and brands for me to appear in one way or another,” Favre said in a Facebook post. “This request was no different, and I did numerous ads for Families First. I have never received monies for obligations I didn’t meet. To reiterate Auditors White’s statement, I was unaware that the money being dispersed was paid for out of funds not intended for that purpose, and because of that I am refunding the full amount back to the state of Mississippi.

“I have spent my entire career helping children through Favre 4 Hope donating nearly $10 million to underserved and underprivileged children in Mississippi and Wisconsin. It has brought a ton of joy to my life, and I would certainly never do anything to take away from the children I have fought to help! I love Mississippi and I would never knowingly do anything to take away from those that need it most.”

According to the Mississippi Clarion Ledger, more then $94 million was spent in fraudulent transactions. Favre was paid for speeches that he never made.

Besides speeches, Favre was also paid for “appearances, promotions, and autographs.”

Favre was not the only athlete in mentioned in this case. Former wrestlers Ted DiBiase and Ted DiBiase Jr. were also paid for work they allegedly never performed with “unreasonable” travel costs.

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