NBC Nightly News focuses on the Brett Favre welfare-fund scandal

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The involvement of Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre is a Mississippi welfare-fund scandal has become something more than a random oddity. The controversy received treatment as a full-blown segment on Wednesday’s edition of NBC Nightly News.

That’s a reliable litmus test regarding the extent to which a sports story becomes a mainstream subject. Now, millions who pay little or no attention to football know that Favre is mired in a scandal involving money meant for the poorest people in one of the nation’s poorest states.

The story from Ken Dilanian focused on the new text messages showing that Favre worked with former Mississippi governor Phil Bryant to divert $5 million in federal welfare funds to a volleyball stadium at the University of Southern Mississippi.

This text message from Favre regarding money he received was featured in the segment: “If you were to pay me is there anyway the media can find out where it came from and how much?”

The report mentioned that there’s no indication Favre is under criminal scrutiny. However, he reportedly has been interviewed by the FBI.

And Brad Pigott, the lawyer who claims he was fired by Mississippi after issuing subpoenas aimed at getting to the bottom of whether $5 million in welfare money went to the USM project, told this to Dilanian: “Mr. Favre all but badgered the Governor of Mississippi to get this public to the purpose of building a volleyball facility.”

Favre’s lawyer repeated his new favorite buzzword in this specific case; he said Favre acted “honorably.” The lawyer also said Favre “never knew” the cash came from federal welfare money.

Favre apparently knew something wasn’t right about the situation, or he presumably wouldn’t have asked whether the media will find out about the payments.

The media did. The only question left is whether Favre will face consequences beyond public embarrassment and scrutiny.

33 responses to “NBC Nightly News focuses on the Brett Favre welfare-fund scandal

  1. People reveal their quality all the time. Be it the rich, poor, famous, or the anonymous makes no difference. Mr Favre has revealed that off a football field he is a man of very little quality, if any at all. IMO

  2. Parts of Mississippi doesn’t have clean water and this is what we’re talking about?

    Brett Favre being endanger of public embarrassment, that’s all?

  3. He also sent unsolicited d picks to his masseuse while in new jersey. Somehow he is making Aaron Rodgers the more likeable Green Bay QB in the 21st century

  4. What a con man.Lets take from the needy and give to the greedy.Then you try and hide it.What a dirtbag!

  5. What I’m not understanding is what did Farve get out of this? The school got a volleyball court. But I don’t see anywhere that Brett got a payday. None of this makes much sense

  6. Brothaman says:
    September 14, 2022 at 7:59 pm
    Parts of Mississippi doesn’t have clean water and this is what we’re talking about?

    Brett Favre being endanger of public embarrassment, that’s all?
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    The federal money that the ex-Gov helped divert to your hero is part of the reason that Mississippi doesn’t have clean drinking water. But, I guess they’re just being mean to poor ol Brett again huh?

  7. “jredshoes says:”

    He received a million bucks for speaking engagements he never did. Paid the money back but state is suing for lost interest. His daughter played volleyball at USM and he got them 5 million for a new stadium. All this from welfare funds.

  8. I think I will withhold judgement until the all the facts come out. If he has done something dishonorable or illegal, then he should be punished accordingly. If not, maybe we see things differently that the immediate knee jerk public flogging. In today’s world, the “news” stories come out as quickly as possible, with little or no real information just so the “journalists” (and I do a huge disservice to true journalists when I use that description)can get the first scoop and the most clicks. Then we all jump on that wagon and tar and feather the individual without all of the information. The Salem witch trials come to mind. The divisive narrative to stir the pot and get everyone all fired up, is self serving click bait in so many cases. I think I will wait for the facts before I crucify Favre; then and only then could I make any judgement (assuming I am the one to judge anyone) on Brett.

  9. When the words “Brett Favre” and “text messages” appear together you already know it’s trouble.

  10. jredshoes says:
    September 14, 2022 at 8:46 pm
    What I’m not understanding is what did Farve get out of this? The school got a volleyball court. But I don’t see anywhere that Brett got a payday. None of this makes much sense

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    His daughter was a volleyball player at the school at the time. Which, objectively, is a crappy thing to go down for, but it explains the connection.

  11. jredshoes says:
    September 14, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    What I’m not understanding is what did Farve get out of this? The school got a volleyball court. But I don’t see anywhere that Brett got a payday. None of this makes much sense

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    His daughter Breleigh played volleyball at Southern Miss. Probably easier to get a scholarship when daddy gets the governor to divert the money meant for the poorest of the poor to a new facility. At least Lori Laughlin used her own money to buy an athletic scholarship.

  12. In reading his texts,it sure seems as though he knew exactly where this money was coming from. Stealing money from the poor…it doesn’t get any lower than that. Favre is an honorable man? I don’t think so.

  13. jredshoes says:
    September 14, 2022 at 8:46 pm
    What I’m not understanding is what did Farve get out of this? The school got a volleyball court. But I don’t see anywhere that Brett got a payday. None of this makes much sense

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    Favre promised the donation before the funds were diverted. He got to pretend he donated $5 mill which, if he had it, stayed in his bank account and got the VIP treatment. Not to mention all the good will it earned him from his daughter and for his daughter at the school. How does this not make sense?

    The folksy famous ex-NFL player was doing his “Aw shucks” routine for the rubes while spending other people’s money.

  14. Maybe he was trying to stay humble or anonymous and not wishing to get any credit or accolades for the facility, not to avoid blame on where the funds he didn’t misappropriate came from.

  15. You would have thought he learned his lessons with texts?? He deserves every bit of the world of hurt that will be coming down on him.

  16. Brothaman says:
    September 14, 2022 at 7:59 pm
    Parts of Mississippi doesn’t have clean water and this is what we’re talking about?

    Brett Favre being endanger of public embarrassment, that’s all
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    No, that’s not “all”. He will go to jail for this. The very reason there’s no clean water is because of the disgusting level of corruption in this state. There is a direct correlation between this scandal and the lack of clean water there.

  17. What’s up with Fav-ray? All he had to do was to show up more often than not and no one would have noticed. This guy really must have his brains scrambled.

  18. Green Bay native – all I will say is if social media / smart phones existed in Farve’s hey day the narrative on him would be quite different. The big question here is did Mississippi actually investigate what happened in earnest and what Brett did was not illegal although a reasonable person would find it morally questionable or did they execute a cover up with some fall guys and there is legal exposure for Brett and the former Gov among others. Looks like we may find out after what looked like a closed case. Wonder if he paid the 266K in interest the state claimed if this would still be an item…maybe the most ‘expensive’ money he has ever saved.

  19. favrenot says:
    September 14, 2022 at 9:15 pm
    I think I will withhold judgement until the all the facts come out. If he has done something dishonorable or illegal, then he should be punished accordingly….
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    Not sure what you’re waiting for. You’ve got plenty of facts, but you want to cut your boy more slack? C’mon. Be real.

    On another note – with all this going on for a LONG time now, it’s pretty discouraging that SiriusXM still allows Favre to have a weekly show on the NFL channel. This isn’t a “he said/she said” thing. He’s clearly involved in a massive financial scandal and shouldn’t be given a show.

  20. Really hard to believe… he’s got more money than Davy Crockett. Why would you even consider such a thing?

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