Brett Favre is the face of Mississippi welfare scandal, but it's bigger than him
Heck, Favre isn't the only Mississippi-bred athlete tied up in this scandal, according to the reporting from Mississippi Today. True to his never-say-die football ethos, the Associated Press has reported Favre tried to get more, including for an indoor football facility at USM. Some potential recipients are relatives like grandparents who take in children rather than see them become wards of the state. Brett Favre reportedly asked for and received multiple handouts. Favre is the face of the welfare scandal in Mississippi — a Welfare Queen, if you will — but he's far from the only wealthy person to realize that taking from the poor is a tried-and-true American way to enrich yourself.wftv.com
EXPLAINER: Favre, other sports figures in welfare fraud case
Mississippi's largest public corruption case, in which tens of millions of dollars earmarked for needy families was misspent, involves a number of sports figures with ties to the state — including NFL royalty Brett Favre and a famous former pro wrestler. At the center, though, is the former head of the state's Department of Human Services, John Davis, who pleaded guilty on Sept. 22 to federal counts of conspiracy and theft and state counts of conspiracy and fraud against the government. Here are the sports figures named in a civil lawsuit, which was filed on May 9, as well as the details from that suit, their responses if available and whether they've been charged.news.yahoo.com
Abby Wambach says she cut ties with company linked to Brett Favre welfare fraud case after learning new 'disturbing information'
Abby Wambach, an American soccer legend with the women's national team, said she has cut all ties and "fully" divested herself from the concussion drug company backed by Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre. The company, Odyssey Health, is at the center of a Mississippi welfare fraud case that has ties to Favre. Wambach exits concussion company linked to FavreESPN and NBC News each reached out to Wambach about her ties to Odyssey Health on Thursday. Wambach, who joined in 2018 when Favre was the largest outside investor, is no longer listed on the website. Favre's involvement in Mississippi welfare scandalFavre is under a close public eye after nearly $8.1 million in Mississippi state welfare funds were allegedly given to entities tied to him.wftv.com
Brett Favre's legacy isn't just tarnished. It's buried under mounting allegations of impropriety.
At some point in the past few weeks, the football portion of Brett Favre's history started to feel trite. It's difficult to pinpoint that exact moment now, given that so many revelations and allegations about his character have snowballed in recent weeks. Whether he faces additional trouble for his ties to the scammers involved in state welfare funds remains to be seen. Somewhere in all of that, we hit that threshold of Favre’s football legacy becoming trite. Favre’s football legacy is being overwritten as we speak.wftv.com
Report: Brett Favre's charity foundation give more than $130,000 to Southern Miss athletics
Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre used his charity foundation to donate more than $130,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi's athletic foundation from 2018-2020, according to The Athletic's Katie Strang and Kalyn Kahler. His foundation, Favre 4 Hope, has helped support "underserved and disabled children and breast cancer patients" for years. That foundation gave Southern Mississippi's athletic foundation $60,000 in 2018 — $50,000 more than it gave any other charity in the same year. Throughout that entire time, Favre 4 Hope gave no other charitable organization more than $11,000, per the report. Deanna was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, which prompted Favre's foundation to focus on helping provide financial aid for other breast cancer patients.wftv.com
Brett Favre Was a Sexually Harassing Creep Long Before (Allegedly) Robbing Mississippi’s Poor
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / GettyIn the last few days, Jeff Pearlman, author of Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre, told people that they shouldn’t read his book.On the day of extended Favre revelations, I wanna share something: I wrote a biography of the man that was largely glowing. Football heroics, overcoming obstacles, practical joker, etc. Yes, it included his grossness, addictions, treatment of women. But it was fairly positive  pic.twitter.cnews.yahoo.com
The Brett Favre Welfare Case Is About to Take a Nastier Turn
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyFormer NFL quarterback Brett Favre is the biggest star in the Mississippi welfare scheme in which he and other state officials, including the state’s former Department of Human Services Director John Davis and former Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, are under investigation for funneling $77 million worth of welfare funds to their own personal projects—none of which had anything to do with where the funds needed to go. But now a former WWE wrnews.yahoo.com
Brett Favre's involvement in Mississippi welfare scandal is getting plenty of attention. But what about companies that still back him?
We need to stop tweeting, writing and saying that the Brett Favre welfare money theft misappropriation story isn't getting attention from "the media." Even before the Mississippi welfare story, Favre had a litany of unsavory and unethical accusations and business dealings. Last year Odyssey bought Prevacus, a biomedical startup that also factors prominently in the Mississippi welfare funds scandal. Phil Bryant, had millions more in welfare money funneled to Prevacus, and in exchange, Bryant would receive stock in the company after he left office. Again, that money was supposed to go to the poorest people in the poorest state in this country.wftv.com
Texts: Favre also sought welfare money for football facility
Mississippi’s largest-ever public corruption case has ensnared several people, including a pro wrestler whose drug rehab was funded with welfare money. The nonprofit was run by Nancy New and her son, Zachary New, who in April pleaded guilty to state charges of misusing welfare money. “I need your influence somehow to get donations and or sponsorships,” Favre texted Bryant. In July 2017, Favre texted Bryant about the volleyball facility again, asking "if we can find a contractor that would say hey rather than give you money I’ll build for free!! “I want you to know how much I love Nancy New and John Davis," Favre wrote.wftv.com
Texts: Favre also sought welfare money for football facility
New court documents show retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre texted the Mississippi governor in 2019 to ask about getting money from the state's welfare agency to build an indoor practice facility for the University of Southern Mississippi’s football team.
ESPN Milwaukee station pauses weekly Brett Favre appearances amid welfare scandal
ESPN Milwaukee, the local ESPN affiliated operated by Good Karma Brands (an interesting name given the circumstances), said it has "paused" Favre's weekly appearances on the station, a spokesperson told Front Office Sports. Some sponsors slowly backing away from Brett FavreIn addition to losing media partners, some of Favre's sponsors have reportedly begun to back away from him. Brett Favre's welfare scandal isn't going awayWhen Favre's involvement was first reported, it was treated by many as a weird quirk in a larger story. A Hall of Fame NFL quarterback who made more than $100 million during his career took $1 million in welfare money to ostensibly make some speeches and cut some ads. Favre has since been questioned by the FBI over the alleged scheme, and it's unclear what further repercussions he could face.wftv.com
One man's plea deal may shed light on Brett Favre's possible ties to a $70 million Mississippi welfare scam
In a development that could impact NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre, a key figure in an unfolding Mississippi welfare misappropriation scandal has entered into a plea deal with state and federal prosecutors on Thursday. In exchange for the plea, Davis is now expected to cooperate with investigators who are seeking additional indictments in the scam. Favre has come under media scrutiny for nearly $8.1 million in welfare funds that were allegedly doled out to entities tied to the former NFL star. Aside from Favre, prosecutors are also investigating former Mississippi governor Phil Bryant. Bryant has denied any recollection of using welfare funds for inappropriate projects.wftv.com
Mississippi agency ex-leader pleads guilty in welfare fraud
In federal court, John Davis pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of theft from programs receiving federal funds. In state court a short time later, he pleaded guilty to five counts of conspiracy and 13 counts of fraud against the government. “This court is very disappointed.”The state court charges were mostly tied to welfare money spent on one of Ted DiBiase's sons, Brett DiBiase, who was also a pro wrestler. Nancy New and Zachary New ran the nonprofit organization that paid the $250,000 to Brett DiBiase and that funneled welfare money for his drug rehab. Favre, Bryant and New all attended the university, and Favre's daughter started playing volleyball there in 2017.wftv.com
Brett Favre is an example of NFL hero worship gone wrong
For the better part of his 20 years in the NFL, the story of Brett Favre was tailor-made for a middle America that swoons over blue-collar football heroes. For most of his career, this was a defining part of the Brett Favre story. And with it, perhaps a small part of our perspective on the type of hero worship that often conceals something unsavory behind it. The disappointing reality for many is simple: As we've moved on from Favre's career, it has been challenging to keep up with the character questions surrounding him. But it also might be the most truthful conclusion about this edition of hero worship gone wrong.wftv.com
Reconsidering Brett Favre's legacy, Broncos MNF WTF & Cowboys/Steelers handling key injuries differently
Subscribe to You Pod to Win the GameApple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google PodcastsAfter years of denials, the truth may be finally catching up to former Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre. All profits directly fund the Terez A. Paylor scholarship at Howard University. Under "Tribute," please note that your gift is made in memory of Terez A. Paylor. Under "Designation," click on "Other" and write in "Terez A. Paylor Scholarship." • Donate directly to the PowerMizzou Journalism Alumni Scholarship in memory of Terez PaylorCheck out the rest of the Yahoo Sports podcast family at https://apple.co/3zEuTQj or at yahoosports.com/podcastswftv.com
Texts: Mississippi ex-governor knew of Favre welfare money
The state is suing Favre and others, alleging they misspent millions of dollars in welfare money. And you too,” Favre responded to New, referring to the Mississippi Department of Human Services director at the time, John Davis. New and her son, Zachary New, who helped run the nonprofit, pleaded guilty in April to charges of misspending welfare money. In pleading guilty, Nancy and Zachary New acknowledged taking part in spending $4 million of welfare money for the volleyball facility. The mother and son also acknowledged directing welfare money to Prevacus Inc., a Florida-based company that was trying to develop a concussion drug.wftv.com
Texts: Mississippi governor knew of welfare payment to Favre
— (AP) — Newly revealed text messages show how deeply involved a Mississippi governor was in directing more than $1 million in welfare money to retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre. The state is suing Favre and others, alleging they misspent millions of dollars in welfare money. New and her son, Zachary New, who helped run the nonprofit, pleaded guilty in April to charges of misspending welfare money. In pleading guilty, Nancy and Zachary New acknowledged taking part in spending $4 million of welfare money for the volleyball facility. The mother and son also acknowledged directing welfare money to Prevacus Inc., a Florida-based company that was trying to develop a concussion drug.wftv.com
Text messages link Favre, welfare money, volleyball facility
In pleading guilty, Nancy and Zachary New acknowledged taking part in spending $4 million of welfare money for a volleyball facility at the University of Southern Mississippi. The mother and son also acknowledged directing welfare money to Prevacus Inc., a Florida-based company that was trying to develop a concussion drug. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Favre has repaid the money, but White said in October that Favre still owed $228,000 in interest. In a Facebook post when he repaid the first $500,000, Favre said he didn’t know the money he received came from welfare funds.wftv.com
Texts reportedly show Brett Favre seeking millions in federal welfare funds for Southern Miss volleyball stadium
Texts reportedly show Brett Favre coordinating welfare payments for volleyball stadiumA series of text messages entered Monday into the state of Mississippi's civil lawsuit over the welfare scandal reportedly show then-Mississippi Gov. Favre had reportedly been seeking financial support to build a new, state-of-the-art volleyball stadium at his alma mater of Southern Miss, where his daughter was currently playing volleyball. Let's see what happens on Monday with the conversation with some of the folks at Southern [Miss]. Brett Favre took credit for raising volleyball fundsSo the lion's share of the Southern Miss volleyball stadium funds reportedly came from TANF by way of the Mississippi Community Education Center and Favre himself. "We wanted to do something for a high school and (Southern Miss)," he says.wftv.com
Mississippi's ex-Gov Phil Bryant subpoenaed in welfare scandal involving Brett Favre
(Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM )A defendant in the sprawling Mississippi welfare fund scandal involving ex-NFL quarterback Brett Favre has subpoenaed former Governor Phil Bryant to produce documents related to the $5 million in financing of a University of Southern Mississippi volleyball facility. The suit accuses Favre of accepting $1.1 million in welfare funds for no-show speaking engagements. New accused Bryant in a July court filing of directing her to pay the $1.1 million to Favre. Not included in the lawsuit is $5 million spent to build a volleyball facility at Southern Miss, Favre and Bryant's alma mater. Mississippi Today reported on July 13 that Pigott filed a subpoena seeking communications from the former governor and first lady and the University of Southern Mississippi Athletic Foundation.wftv.com
Lawyer probing Brett Favre, ex-Gov Phil Bryant in $94M Mississippi welfare fraud scandal fired by state
(Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)The lawyer tasked with probing ex-NFL quarterback Brett Favre, former Governor Phil Bryant and others in a sprawling $94 million Mississippi welfare fraud scheme has been fired by the state. He told Mississippi Today that he wasn't given cause for his dismissal but was told that it wasn't related to the quality of his work. Officials from MDHS and the Mississippi attorney general's office didn't respond to calls from Mississippi Today seeking comment. Per the lawsuit, Davis allegedly worked with non-profits to improperly distribute TANF funds during his tenture. Pigott told Mississippi Today that he was blocked from initially including the $5 million in volleyball facility money in the civil lawsuit.wftv.com
Defendant: Ex-governor ordered payments to NFL's Brett Favre
A defendant in a Mississippi welfare fraud case said in a court document she directed $1.1 million in welfare money to former NFL star Brett Favre at the direction of former Gov. Phil Bryant. Mississippi news outlets report that the accusation, which Bryant denies, is in a filing on behalf of defendant Nancy New, who, with her son, once ran a nonprofit group and an education company in Mississippi.news.yahoo.com
Rodgers sets team record as Packers hold off Browns 24-22
Browns Packers Football Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers is congratulated after throwing career touchdown pass 443 during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. The pass breaks the previous Green Bay Packers record held by Brett Favre. Rodgers went 24 of 34 for 202 yards with three touchdown passes to increase his career total to 445. Favre threw 508 touchdown passes during his Hall of Fame career, 442 of them with Green Bay. Favre sent a message to Rodgers in a video that aired on the Lambeau Field scoreboard after the record-breaking touchdown pass.wftv.com
Rodgers breaks Favre's Packers record for career TD passes
Browns Packers Football Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers warms up before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke) (Matt Ludtke)GREEN BAY, Wis. — (AP) — Aaron Rodgers has overtaken Brett Favre to become the Green Bay Packers’ leader in career touchdown passes. Rodgers threw his 443rd career touchdown pass with an 11-yard completion to Allen Lazard in the first quarter of the Packers' game Saturday with the Cleveland Browns. Favre threw 508 touchdown passes during his Hall of Fame career, but only 442 of them with Green Bay. Favre threw 22 touchdown passes with the New York Jets in 2008 and 44 with the Minnesota Vikings from 2009-10. A video message from Favre aired on the scoreboard after Rodgers broke the record.wftv.com
Brett Favre cuts promo urging non-tackle football for youths under 14
New PSA Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre released a public service announcement urging parents not to let youths under 14 play tackle football. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre knows a thing or two about concussions, and he is urging parents not to allow players 14 and under to play tackle football. Brett Favre urges no tackle football for children under 14https://t.co/Le4iSJ7N4O — TODAY (@TODAYshow) August 17, 2021“Mom? Let’s talk about tackle football,” a young football player says in the opening seconds of the one-minute video. In 2018, Favre told Megyn Kelly in an interview that he was experiencing short-term memory losses.wftv.com
Packers planning for long-term future that includes Rodgers
Gutekunst and coach Matt LaFleur say they expect Aaron Rodgers to remain their teams starting quarterback in 2021 and beyond. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst and coach Matt LaFleur say they expect Aaron Rodgers to remain their team’s starting quarterback in 2021 and beyond. The subject came up again when Rodgers discussed his future after the NFC championship game. Absolutely he will be here for a long time.”LaFleur also said Monday he is promoting Maurice Drayton, who worked as assistant special teams coach this past season, to take over as special teams coach. The Packers announced Friday that special teams coach Shawn Mennenga was fired and that Mike Pettine wouldn’t return as defensive coordinator.
Sinclair Broadcasting ends Eric Bolling's weekly show
FILE - Former Fox News host Eric Bolling speaks during a one year anniversary event for the first lady's Be Best initiative in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 7, 2019, in Washington. The Sinclair Broadcast Group says it is ending its "America This Week" show with Bolling. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)NEW YORK – The Sinclair Broadcast Group says it is ending its “America This Week” show with Eric Bolling, which has been criticized for misstatements about the coronavirus pandemic. A Sinclair spokesman had no immediate comment on whether the coronavirus episodes had anything to do with the show's end. Bolling tweeted on Tuesday that he had applied to the White House Correspondents Association for a pass to attend White House briefings by the Biden administration.
Ted Thompson, 68, GM when Packers won last Super Bowl, dies
Thompson was Packers general manager from 2005-17 and drafted many notable players on the current roster, including two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer, File)GREEN BAY, Wis. – Ted Thompson, whose 13-year run as Green Bay Packers general manager included their 2010 Super Bowl championship season, has died. Mike Sherman had been working as Packers coach and general manager up to that point. “Certainly he’s a guy who’s held in the highest regard in this building and, I think, just around the league,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said. Gutekunst, who had been working with Thompson as player personnel director, was promoted to general manager and remains in that position.
Colts QB Rivers, 39, retires from NFL after 17 seasons
“Every year, Jan. 20 is a special and emotional day,” Rivers said in a statement posted on the team’s website. “It is St. Sebastian’s Feast day, the day I played in the AFC championship without an ACL, and now the day that after 17 seasons, I’m announcing my retirement from the National Football League. I am grateful to the Chargers for 16 seasons, and the Colts for the 17th season.”Rivers was one of a kind. In the 2006 season opener, Rivers made his starting debut — and then the next 251 in a row including the playoffs. “My son never did throw a big ball like I did at that age and he throws it the exact same way,” Rivers said.
3 title game quarterbacks have similar draft history
The Packers then made Rodgers the starter in 2008 and have made the playoffs 10 times since then with one Super Bowl title. TOM TERRIFIC: Tom Brady can join some illustrious company with a win this week for another Super Bowl appearance. Brady will appear in his staggering 14th conference title game in 19 seasons as a starter when Tampa Bay visits Green Bay on Sunday. MIGHTY MATT: Packers coach Matt LaFleur is back in the NFC title game for the second time in two seasons as an NFL coach. All those coaches reached at least one Super Bowl in those years with the exception of Ryan, who lost to Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.
Chiefs advance to 3rd straight AFC title game at home
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)The AFC title game is returning to a familiar place in Kansas City. The question all week will be whether Patrick Mahomes will be able to play quarterback for the Chiefs. Coach Andy Reid’s gutsy call helped make sure the Chiefs would become the first team to host the AFC championship game for the third straight year. New Orleans (13-4) is hosting Tampa Bay (12-5) later Sunday for the right to visit Green Bay in the NFC title game next week. The win sends Rodgers to his fifth NFC title game as starting quarterback and the first at home since taking over from Brett Favre in 2008.
Brady-led Bucs top Lions 47-7 to end 13-year playoff drought
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Detroit. The Bucs (10-5) set a franchise record with 588 yards and snapped the NFL’s second-longest postseason drought behind Cleveland’s 18-year run that can end Sunday. “We’ve been scratching and clawing every single year to make the tournament," said receiver Mike Evans, who was drafted by Tampa Bay six years ago. Tampa Bay rested Brady ahead 34-0, its largest halftime lead in franchise history. Tampa Bay set team records in points (34) and yards (410) in the first half.
Voting, activism replace practice, games in US sports world
“But I don’t have to agree with it.”And that’s absolutely fine, said Ish Smith, the Wizards guard who signed Pittman’s cap. “When I played, players and coaches were never — maybe not never; rarely — asked about politics and voting,” Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. It’s an environment that led Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal, Tennessee Titans linebacker Will Compton, NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace and others to proudly note they were voting for the first time. And led WNBA players Tamika Catchings and Chiney Ogwumike to sign up to be poll workers. And led Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul to join nearly 2,500 people on a march to a voting site in North Carolina.
Brady says little about Arians' criticism of QB's play
TAMPA, Fla. – Tom Brady had little to say Thursday in response to coach Bruce Arians’ critical assessment of the quarterback’s play during the six-time Super Bowl champion’s debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “He’s a coach. It’s just what he and I think,” Arians said. ... There’s nothing to talk about.”Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich played for Arians in Pittsburgh, when the coach was the offensive coordinator and Leftwich was a backup to Ben Roethlisberger. Me and Tom didn’t really talk about it, so obviously I don’t think it was an issue,” Leftwich said.
Rodgers says Packers' decision to draft Love surprised him
FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2019, file photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers speaks during a news conference following an NFL football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers in Kansas City, Mo. Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre predicted on The Rich Eisen Show earlier this month that Rodgers would finish his career somewhere other than Green Bay. When asked whether the Packers draft choices might motivate Rodgers, LaFleur said the veteran quarterback doesnt need any extra incentive. Favre was 35 when the Packers drafted Rodgers. The difference is that Favre openly pondered retirement at the time the Packers drafted Rodgers, and Rodgers has talked about how he wants to play several more years.
Audit finds Mississippi misspent millions in federal anti-poverty funds
(Reuters) - Nearly $100 million in federal anti-poverty funds for Mississippi were misspent to enrich local officials, along with a family of professional wrestlers and a firm owned by Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre, the state auditor has alleged. You see a pretty grotesque example of misspending of taxpayer dollars, White told reporters at a news conference, when the audit was released on Monday. White said it was possible people and entities contracted and paid with the federal funds may not have known they were legally earmarked for anti-poverty work. The audit shows that two non-profits - the Mississippi Community Education Center and the Family Resource Center of North Mississippi - were the recipients of most of the $94 million it alleges was misspent. Money was also spent on religious concerts and for donations to organizations not tied to anti-poverty work, including the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the American Heart Association and various beauty pageants.feeds.reuters.com