Former teammate calls out Brett Favre’s involvement in alleged welfare fraud

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Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre has been mired for months in a welfare-funds controversy in his home state of Mississippi. Whether the situation has received sufficient attention elsewhere is a matter for fair debate; we’ve covered it extensively here. And we will continue to do so.

Here’s an interesting development. A former teammate of Favre’s has taken at clear shot at Favre’s behavior.

“Since retirement, I have been lucky to avoid stealing millions of dollars from the poorest people in my state,” Sage Rosenfels said Thursday on Twitter.

Rosenfels played for the Vikings in 2009, Favre’s first year in Minnesota. Rosenfels, to his credit, felt no compulsion to look the other way on a story that has stunk to high heaven since we first saw the report of Favre getting $1.1 million for alleged no-show work from the federally-funded welfare program.

Favre denied wrongdoing, but then he paid back the money. He has since been sued for unpaid interest on the funds he received and surrendered.

More recently, the situation has focused on Favre’s role in shaking $5 million in fruit from the federally-funded welfare tree for construction of a volleyball stadium at his alma mater, the University of Southern Mississippi. Damning text messages were released last week, including one in which Favre asks whether the media will learn about payments being made.

We have learned about it. Everyone has. But we can’t control how others have covered the story. Maybe they regard Favre, who hasn’t played in more than a decade, as irrelevant. Maybe they’ll feel differently if/when he’s eventually doing a perp walk.

And if he broke the law, he absolutely should be prosecuted. And incarcerated. It’s one thing to rob from the rich to give to the poor. Favre was involved in a scam that entailed stealing from the poor to give to the rich. Stupid bitch.

42 responses to “Former teammate calls out Brett Favre’s involvement in alleged welfare fraud

  1. Favre got paid for speaking roles that got canceled because of covid. As did many others. And he paid the money back.

  2. Favre will never see prison. There’s one set of rules for the rich and famous and another for the rest of us.

  3. Favre got paid for speaking roles that got canceled because of covid. As did many others. And he paid the money back…

    BUT only after it was publicly revealed he got paid a lot of money for something he didn’t do and if you need to have public scrutiny to do the right thing maybe your not a very nice person.

  4. How brave of Sage – who wouldn’t be paid $1 million total for the rest of his life to speak to ANYONE

  5. The text message exchange leaked by the media is absolutely disgusting. They all knew what they were doing. From the speaking engagements to the gymnasium, it was all a racket and they all conspired. Hope people go to jail over this.

  6. 50Stars says:
    September 22, 2022 at 10:11 am
    Favre got paid for speaking roles that got canceled because of covid. As did many others. And he paid the money back.‐————————————————No Favre got paid to rip off Mississippis welfare fund like money others did. It basically what it was there for the rich to steal instead of helping poor people. Why are welfare dollars going to Favre to speak to anyone? Is he going help find people Jobs? Beyond ridiculous defending a guy because he can throw a football.

  7. If you get paid for things that are cancelled, an ethical person would have rescheduled to make an appearance. The money was not his to take regardless of the outcome – he was paid to speak or to appear. He didn’t even just show up.

  8. not that it makes what Favre did OK, but politicians do this all the time. How do you think they become millionaires while in office?

  9. I thought he was working with the nonprofit Mississippi Community Education Center headed up by Nancy New. Not really sure he knew what state funds were funding it. He does have a pretty long record of working with charitable causes. Hard for me to believe he turned grifter.

  10. Stealing from the poor to give to the rich = Government.
    Favre should be punished, but lets quit pretending that there’s not hundreds and hundreds of politicians in the exact same boat.

  11. You wonder why people distrust or outright hate the government? Would I be ok having the government take taxes out of my paycheck to help the neediest people in this country? Absolutely. Would I be ok with them using that money to build a volleyball stadium on a college campus? Uh, definitely not.

  12. 50Stars says:
    September 22, 2022 at 10:11 am
    Favre got paid for speaking roles that got canceled because of covid. As did many others. And he paid the money back.

    ======================

    I didn’t realize COVID started in 2017 as the payments were for appearances in 2017-2018. :sarcasm:


    The Mississippi Community Education Center hired Favre Enterprises to have Mr. Favre appear at events, record promotions and provide autographs for marketing materials from July 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018, according to the audit.

    There was no mention of the contract price in the documents that were provided to state officials, the audit said.

    The center provided a list of dates and events, saying Favre Enterprises had fulfilled the contract terms. But state officials said that auditors had determined that Mr. Favre did not speak nor was he present for those events.

    The money was paid back only after he was publicly shamed and it became likely he was going to be forced to pay it back.

  13. Sage should wait until everything comes out before speaking, otherwise he might end up in a pile of crap bigger than the aggregate of his NFL Career

  14. He was one of the greatest players ever to wear the Green & Gold. But he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed and frankly has never been. Physical talent and guts got him where he is. I’m grateful for the many thrills he gave us as a Packer fan. But I see his legacy just like that of Lawrence Taylor who was immortal on the field and very flawed off. I hope Favre is made to account for his crime. Yes, it’s a crime and criminals should be prosecuted.

  15. Brett… all you had to do was drive around your hundreds of acres on a tractor and wear Wrangler jeans. Retirement should’ve been so simple for you.

  16. Here’s a whole lotta folks that shoulda oughta known better. I’ll never believe anyone who thought it was ok, therefore Farve and accomplises should go to jail. And Farvey should be imprisoned in WI! Kick him out of the Hall of Fame, and it should be a rule that if you go to jail you are kicked out of all professional sports and collegiate halls. Induct them into the Hall of Infamous Sports Losers.

  17. “It’s one thing to rob from the rich to give to the poor.”

    Uhhh no, it is wrong to steal either way. Selective morals is NOT ok.

  18. “Favre will never see prison. There’s one set of rules for the rich and famous and another for the rest of us.”

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    and we are seeing that played out at a national level right now.

  19. It’s great to see all the fans here that are wearing Favre colored glasses.

    “My idol would never do the things he’s been accused of!” LOL

  20. The NFL Network and SiriusXm are still paying and promoting this alleged fraudster.

  21. Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre has been mired for months in a welfare-funds controversy in his home state of Mississippi. Whether the situation has received sufficient attention elsewhere is a matter for fair debate; we’ve covered it extensively here. And we will continue to do so.

    ————————————–

    Kudos to Mr.Florio and PFT for being impartial and dogged on this issue. My utmost respect.

  22. All anyone has to do is read the text messages between Favre and Nancy New, who by the way, along with her son, pleaded guilty to 13 counts of fraud. Favre knew exactly where that money was coming from. You have to be the lowest of the low to take money from a slush fund meant for the poor, when you are worth more than 100 million dollars from football and endorsements. Favre deserves to go to jail if found guilty. Greed will do him in.

  23. Brett Favre has truly turned into a sleeze outside of his football like ….maybe it was alway there ,but once he retired we all got to see it . He’s joined the ranks of many including warren sapp snd LT.

  24. “If you were to pay me is there anyway the media can find out where it came from and how much?” the answer was no and so he accepted the payment. Stooopid!

  25. Is Favre really dumb enough to believe that when you hit “delete”, the text goes away forever? Yeah, he probably is. Those texts will be his undoing in all of this. They are very incriminating, to say the least.

  26. The money for welfare comes from taxpayers and politicians have been stealing from taxpayers since I’ve been alive and I’m 69!

  27. Rosenfels – finally a well known voice of knowledge and reason respected by all. All 2 people that know or have even heard of him, that is.

  28. Apparently, there is a good reason why Mississippi is the poorest state in the U.S. The money that is meant for the people who need it the most is being stolen by the rich and crooked who are in charge of it. I always thought that Favre was kind of a sleaze ball, but those texts confirm it.

  29. 50Stars says:
    September 22, 2022 at 10:11 am
    Favre got paid for speaking roles that got canceled because of covid. As did many others. And he paid the money back.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Check your facts Jack. Not even close.

  30. Is Favre really dumb enough to believe that when you hit “delete”, the text goes away forever?
    ==========

    Should have been smart enough to smash his phone.

  31. He paid it back but refused to pay interest.

    The texts revealed that he was concerned the media would find out he got the money, where it came from, and how his daughter’s school would benefit.

    It was federal funds earmarked for low-income individuals in one of the poorest states and they were misappropriated by the Governor, his wife, her associates and Farve.

    It’s well established that he had consciousness of guilt.

  32. Don’t worry, Favre will lose millions in personal income because of this. Many of his company endorsements will be pulled, like Copper Fit. If he’s guilty, they’ll dump him in s heartbeat!

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