New texts show former Mississippi governor helped funnel welfare funds to Brett Favre for USM volleyball stadium

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Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre keeps inching toward potential Paul Crewe status.

Anna Wolfe of Mississippi Today reports that newly-revealed text messages show that former Mississippi governor Phil Bryant helped funnel federal welfare funds toward the building of a new volleyball stadium at the University of Southern Mississippi, at Favre’s behest. Per the report, the texts show that Bryant guided Favre on how to write a funding proposal so that it would be granted.

Favre’s lawyer, Bud Holmes, said that Favre didn’t know the money came from welfare funds.

“Brett Favre has been honorable throughout this whole thing,” Holmes said Monday.

Favre previously denied that he discussed the volleyball project with Bryant. The text messages quoted in the article indicate otherwise, suggesting that $5 million was given to the school.

The former quarterback’s involvement in the welfare scandal first emerged when it was reported that he received $1.1 million for work he allegedly didn’t perform. He eventually repaid the money. He has been sued for the interest on the money he received and returned.

In July, Mississippi Representative Bennie Thompson sent a letter this month to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting that the Department of Justice investigate the situation, and that they focus on Favre and Bryant. Favre reportedly has been questioned by the FBI.

That same month, Mississippi fired a lawyer who had been hired to get to the bottom of the welfare scandal. The lawyer, Brad Pigott, claimed that the termination resulted from his effort to explore whether the $5 million had indeed been paid from federal welfare funds to the USM volleyball stadium.

43 responses to “New texts show former Mississippi governor helped funnel welfare funds to Brett Favre for USM volleyball stadium

  1. “Brett Favre has been honorable throughout this whole thing,” Holmes said Monday.

    If I ever get busted for something and I am facing significant jail time, if Jackie Child’s isn’t available, I want this guy to be my lawyer. He clearly has no shame and isn’t afraid to lie on his clients behalf.

  2. I hope both Favre and that Governor get locked up for a long time. I’m sure Aaron Rodgers is shedding zero tears.

  3. Meanwhile there are parts of this state with no drinking water or bathing. I once tried to sell someone in Mississippi something that required a e-signature. No computer, and the public library was open for like 4 hours a day. Must be a nightmare to exist there.

  4. Hopefully Brad Pigott is able to resume his employment, sue the heck out of whomever fired him and receive the promotion is seemingly deserves.

  5. There’s a special place in hell for these types, but more importantly & urgently, there’s a special place in jail for them and ALL co-conspirators.

    Sadly, in a country where espionage nor sedition are major crimes, they’re safe. Instead of texting, they should’ve met on a golf course.

  6. I thought it was revealed Favre was one of dozens of people that Mississippi lawmakers leveraged to perform their scam.?

  7. Favre previously denied that he discussed the volleyball project with Bryant. The text messages quoted in the article indicate otherwise

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    If he lied to the FBI, he’s up the Mississippi without a paddle.

  8. Not a good look on you, Brett.

    Despite earning tens of millions during your career, you (1) took $1.1M in welfare funds for work you didn’t do, then dragged your feet re-paying it, sans interest, and (2) tried to have millions in welfare funds diverted for some stadium that you liked.

    But, then, this is America, where the rich regularly scam money.

  9. Sorry but these e-mails aren’t “New”. An investigative reporter in Mississippi obtained them and published them about 6 months ago.

    People keep wanting to give Favre a pass (“wait till the facts some out”) —–the facts have been out for 6 months, Brett got his first taste of political slush fund money ….. and surprise surprise he like it.

  10. Everybody is quick to jump on favre he was paid 1.1 million for talks at events that were cancelled he repaid it and then they told him he owed them another million in interest. I wouldnt pay that either. People should be more angry at any of the politicians that wastefullt spent the wellfare money then the people who received it.

  11. Brett Favre has been honorable?
    Per Daily Beast tonight: The texts show how Bryant, Favre, New, and Davis worked together to redistribute millions for the volleyball stadium. “Just left Brett Favre. Can we help him with his project,” Bryant texted New, whose nonprofit was tasked with spending millions in federal welfare funds, in July 2019. In another recorded exchange in August 2017, Favre asked New if there was “any way the media could find out” if the nonprofit paid him, to which New said no. The next day, New shared with the NFL legend that the governor was on board with the plan, texting, “We will get this done!” Favre’s daughter played volleyball at USM at the time of the exchange, but transferred to Louisiana State University last month, according to The Advocate.

  12. Sounds like guilty politicians trying to use Favre as the scapegoat fall guy. As mentioned earlier,herepaid the cancelled engagement monies and balked at getting hit for intrest too. It wasn’t him that took out or paid out money earmarked for welfare. Only a politician has control over that.

  13. Brett is simply making sure he has the proper qualifications to run for public office in his home state.
    He can go on a ballot immediately.

  14. Brett Farve, 4:36pm: “If you were to pay me is there anyway the media can find out where it came from and how much?”

    Indefensible.

  15. It’s one thing to mess around with Mississippi money; it’s another altogether to mess around with federal money. The FBI gears up for stuff like this.

  16. Favre is one of my favorite QBs ever, but somebody needs to be prosecuted over this, him and Phil Bryant at the least.

  17. What I’ve read and heard about this is pretty damning…and disgusting. Mississippi is the poorest state. T&e fact that it’s Favre doesn’t surprise me at all. God help him if he lied to the FBI.

  18. “I think any man should be entitled to apply his earned privileges to his personal advantage at any time he sees fit.”
    -Aaron Rodgers

  19. “This is a DISGUSTING ACT.” – Joe Buck

    It’s one thing to be stupid. It’s quite another to be stupid and bad at crime

  20. shoepik says:
    September 13, 2022 at 8:54 pm
    Sounds like guilty politicians trying to use Favre as the scapegoat fall guy. As mentioned earlier,herepaid the cancelled engagement monies and balked at getting hit for intrest too. It wasn’t him that took out or paid out money earmarked for welfare. Only a politician has control over that.

    ———————-
    While I completely agree with your point about the politicians involved, I think Farve’s hands are still dirty here too.

  21. The next time they remake The Longest Yard it’ll actually be a documentary with Brett in the real-life Paul Crewe role ..

  22. Shadow says:
    September 13, 2022 at 8:59 pm
    This is several degrees worse than what Lori Loughlin did & the FBI nailed her. Here’s to hoping.
    ———————————————————————-
    Well said, Shadow.
    Here’s hoping that whomever was involved gets properly punished.

  23. I would think the State corruption with Federal funds would be the bigger story. Favre is just a stooge.

  24. They’ll use Favre to put Bryant in prison. I doubt Favre gets charged with anything that puts him in jail.

  25. Mississippi is an embarrassment to our nation. The feds should take over the whole state government to weed out the corrupt old boys who play these games while failing to do their duty and letting people in need suffer.

    If you wrote this story as fiction people would think it’s too over the top and unbelievable.

  26. Favre knew exactly where that money was coming from…now he’s trying to play dumb to keep himself out of prison.

  27. oldgoat says:
    September 14, 2022 at 7:13 am
    I would think the State corruption with Federal funds would be the bigger story. Favre is just a stooge.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    ……..a willing stooge. You think Favre doesn’t have a personal attorney that read every page of everything in-play? If he did, the attorney is complicit. If he didn’t, Favre was convinced by somebody he could pull a fast one all by himself. He may not have known it was monies designated for welfare causes, but he dang sure knew it was somebody else’s money and it was free…..and he didn’t care where it came from just as long as he could get credit for building a volleyball stadium.

  28. I don’t see how anyone could read the text messages between Favre and Nancy New and not find them to be incriminating.

  29. I can see another remake of ” The longest yard” in the offing .This time with a real QB as the main character.

  30. He never made the “speaking engagements” and took the money anyway? That’s normal?

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