Mississippi auditor pushes back against Brett Favre

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Often lost in the fact that Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre sued broadcasters Pat McAfee and Shannon Sharpe for defamation is that Mississippi auditor Shad White also has been accused of telling lies about Favre’s role in the state’s welfare-fund scandal.

White is now pushing back publicly against Favre.

Recently, Mississippi filed a response to Favre’s effort to be removed from a civil complaint aimed at recovering welfare funds. The State’s filing includes what White’s communications director, Logan Reeves, characterizes as “never-reported Favre text messages.”

Reeves also points to a Twitter thread from White regarding the situation. White tweeted an excerpt from the state’s new filing, regarding what White says are new text messages from Favre.

“Will the public perception be that I became a spokesperson for various state funded shelters, schools, homes, etc. . . . and was compensated with state money?” Favre asked, per the filing. “Or can we keep this confidential.”

Favre also asked, per the filing, about a potential solution to “the brick and mortar issue,” which the state characterizes as Favre knowing that welfare funds couldn’t be used for actual construction of buildings, “but he sought to secretly obtain those funds for that purpose anyway.”

Says White one of several tweets: “The public already knew Favre knew he was receiving public money. But the new texts make it clear Favre knew he was receiving ‘grant’ money intended to benefit people in ‘state funded shelters, schools, homes, etc.’ In other words, the poor.”

White also takes aim at Favre’s request to keep the payments quiet.

“The point is that there are multiple exchanges where Favre stressed the need for secrecy,” White tweeted. “National news has talked about how Favre said in one text that he didn’t want the media to find out. This wasn’t a one-off, transient thought, though. He said it repeatedly.”

White also contends that the texts provide “definitively” that “Favre was aware there were concerns about the legality of spending this money on a volleyball court . . . [a]nd he knew there was a need to get around those rules.”

White discloses in the thread that he is indeed a defendant in Favre’s defamation case.

“Bear in mind, this is the guy suing me for defamation for having the temerity to tell taxpayers the truth: that Favre knew he was being paid in public funds and he knows this was a sham,” White tweeted.

Truth is an absolute defense to a defamation case. This latest filing, coupled with the stream of tweets from Shad White, seem to be directly calculated at proving that the things said by him, McAfee, and Sharpe about Favre are true.

Favre has repeatedly denied wrongdoing. We’ll defer to the relevant court processes before coming to any firm conclusions as to what he did or didn’t do, and what he knew or didn’t know.

49 responses to “Mississippi auditor pushes back against Brett Favre

  1. Farve stole from the poorest of the poor to build a volleyball stadium for his daughter. There’s no putting lipstick on this pig. He’s tainted and deservedly so.

  2. The whole Favre family is awful, look at his sister too. How much crappier can you get as a human, stealing money from the poeople in the most poor, under educated state in this country. All to build something he proably could afford out of pocket for some jeans ad. Let alone his playing money.

  3. People Favre have no shame, they have lots of money but want others to pay for things they want because they see themselves as better than others. They should have prosecuted him but his home state DA felt otherwise, I wonder why?

  4. Favre let his ego and his own limited cognition skills convince him he could not only operate differently than the rest of us but also shirk responsibility for his actions differently than the rest of us.

    Sadly, people with power get away with stuff like this all the time but unfortunately for Favre, he’s finding out the hard way how little juice he actually has.

  5. Don’t you hate when someone you admired turns out to be a filth coated scum bag. Stealing from the welfare department of Mississipi.

    How much lower can you go. Ste Mother Theresa’s orphanage in India?

  6. I would like to see all the messages personally, as opposed to what are selectively leaked to further a narrative, but… if this is at all what it looks like, I hope Favre and the people who worked with him spend a long time in jail. No excuse for this type of behavior.

  7. The closing sentence says that there is no need to even comment at this point, just watch the ship go down.

  8. We don’t know what evidence will make it into the record in court proceedings, but from what’s been publicly reported, Favre’s consciousness of guilt was apparent before, during and enter the payments and expenditures transpired .

  9. Just like so many of his passes in key moments, Favre has been over confident, only to find himself intercepted and on the wrong end of things.

  10. If he had just given 10% to the big guy, this would all have gone away already.

  11. Maybe. But did he know that the “public” funds were intended for the poor. To me, that is still unclear. Didn’t the University officials buy off on the plan? Maybe he did find out down the road what the funds were originally intended for and got scared. What did the Quarterback know and when did he know it?

  12. Favre has repeatedly denied wrongdoing. We’ll defer to the relevant court processes before coming to any firm conclusions as to what he did or didn’t know.


    Allow me to step in here: Yes Favre has a right to trial and to defend himself in court.

    But we all know how this is going to end: The evidence against Favre will be incontrovertible. He knew exactly what he was doing and he knew it was not only morally wrong, but also illegal.

  13. Following this case is important, as it likely predicts how Aaron Rodgers will defraud some other institution in 15 years.

  14. Taking money from people who can barely make it from day to day…what a disgrace. This is what you get for being greedy and lying about it.

  15. Reality check. Pro athletes are not great human beings. They just have physical gifts to excel at a given sport.

  16. Do they have messages from Favre saying “go ahead and break the law”? If not, he may simply be unsure of what the limits are on the grant making. Governments give grants to lots of organizations for lots of purposes and you may be surprised at what is legal, if merely a questionable use of taxpayer resources. If the latter, it’s not surprising he didn’t want his name associated with it. But that’s not a crime by Favre.

  17. Farv-ruh would be smart to settle with the state at 50-60% of whatever money is due. Then this entire issue goes away.

  18. People get prosecuted for welfare fraud every single day. Let’s see just how Farve gets preferentially treated.

  19. Looks like a duck. Walks like a duck. Quacks like a duck. It’s not a moose. It’s a duck.

  20. It’s amazing to me that some are still trying to defend Favre. He knew what he was doing.

  21. how soon before Favre pivots to the too many blows to the head defense and claims diminished capacity?

  22. Farve thinks he is the smartest guy in the room when he is simply a greedy narcissist. Coward

  23. All Favre’s lawsuits have done is put even more attention on him just as things were starting to die down. Before this is done he’s going to end up being criminally charged largely because he opened himself up to even more scrutiny thanks to his lawsuits.

  24. Favre let this get out of hand if you settle your mistakes early you always end up ahead .

  25. No one takes more money from the US gov’t than rich guys like Brett Favre. We saw the texts. He was complicit in this FRAUD and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law!

  26. Apparently, Favre has never heard the saying “when you’re in a hole, stop digging”. I don’t see how he can possibly get out of this. He left a trail of incriminating texts. Time to face the music.

  27. Mississippi is the poorest and worst state in the country. What Favre and the officials did to steal money from the poor for a darn sports facility is just disgusting, immoral and criminal. Fabre deserves all the scorn and shaming that’s levied at him. I guess he learned from his former employers to take from the public taxpayers to build your playground

  28. After the last 7 years, the truth has become overrated. There was once a place in the world for that kind of thing. Not any more.
    Telling the truth just isn’t cool or hip anymore.

  29. packers76 says:
    March 21, 2023 at 12:38 pm
    Favre let this get out of hand if you settle your mistakes early you always end up ahead .
    Desean Watson disagrees. 230 million times. Guaranteed.

  30. It’s bad enough when people steal taxpayer money. It is illegal and should be prosecuted. But to steal money that was intended to help poor people to survive is as low as it gets.

    I hope that Favre gets prison time and has to pay all of the money back with fines and interest.

  31. There’s Something About Brett. Maybe the Farrellys can step up and make a movie about this wretched human being.

  32. If not, he may simply be unsure of what the limits are on the grant making.

    Favre’s including in lots of incriminating messages including a govt official saying “I’m not going to jail over this.” There’s zero doubt Favre knew this was all shady yet rather than pull back he continued to push the issue.

  33. What a sad excuse for a human being. He used to be mostly well respected. But time and time again, he’s proven to be worthless. Prosecute him, make an example of him, and let’s move on to someone who actually matters.

  34. If he had just given 10% to the big guy, this would all have gone away already.
    I don’t think that’s how it works. If you pay your tithes, He’ll bless you… more than He already does. It’s not just any old 10 percent, though. It’s your best 10%! It’s all His anyway, He lets you keep 90%.

  35. what’s odd to me about this is that when you donate your own money to a school to build something, they usually put your name on it. why wouldn’t he want to use his own money to fund a court for his daughter and have it named after his family? A lasting gift to the school, youre remembered, get good press. And if he did it through his own foundation, tax write off. So why is he using funds ear marked for the poor? What a dumb thing to do when you could have been lauded.

  36. He’ll get away with it. No doubt. This is America. The State is Mississippi. He’s Brett Favre. The “justice” system works in mysterious ways.

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