Two of Brett Favre’s weekly shows have reportedly been suspended due to the former quarterback’s alleged involvement in a welfare fraud case unfolding in Mississippi.
ESPN Milwaukee paused the podcast “The Brett Favre Show” last week, a CBS MoneyWatch spokesperson confirmed. ESPN Milwaukee is owned by Wisconsin-based Good Karma Brands and not the Disney-owned sports programming network. SiriusXM has also suspended its weekly Favre-hosted radio show, The Athletic chirp Sunday.
SiriusXM did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Monday.
Favre’s attorney, Paul “Budd” Holmes, also did not respond to a request for comment.
The comment comes months after Favre was mentioned in a Mississippi budget review. An auditor found that state officials redirected more than $70 million in the Temporary Assistance Fund for Needy Families last year to Favre and other individuals rather than giving the money to low-income families. State officials, more specifically, used a non-profit organization to transfer $1.1 million to Favre as a salaryHe found Mississippi auditor Shad White.
In a Facebook post in October 2021, Favre said he had started paying the state. Favre also said in the post that he did not know the money came from welfare funds.
The Mississippi Department of Human Services has sued Favre, three former professional wrestlers, and several other people and companies in an effort to win back millions of social dollars. The lawsuit alleges that Favre, former WWE star Ted “Million Dollar Man” DiBiase and others “squandered” more than $20 million earmarked for the Temporary Assistance Program for Needy Families to Fight Poverty.
Court documents relating to the case show a series of text messages referring to former Governor Phil BryantWith Favre get money talk. It was the series of text messages between Favre and Nancy New, executive director of the Mississippi Community Education Center.
New and Favre discussed arranging the upcoming payment from the Mississippi Department of Human Services through its nonprofit, with Favre then saying he would direct the money to the University of Southern Mississippi’s volleyball facility.
Favre, who played 20 seasons in the NFL, and Bryant, who left office in 2020, are both D.C. alumni. Favre’s daughter, Brilly, started playing volleyball at school in 2017. His daughter was the fourth best winning beach volleyball player in USMA history, according to To Sports Illustrated. she Transfer to LSU in August 2022.
Neither Favre nor Bryant have been charged in the welfare spending waste case.
John Davis, who ran the Mississippi Department of Human Services and was hired by Bryant,Charged with conspiracy to mislead tens of millions of dollars. Davis, who was executive director of human services from February 2016 until July 2019, will be sentenced next year.
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