NFL Legend, Brett Favre has insisted that he had done nothing wrong with the Mississippi funds and has claimed that he had no role to play in the scandal.
Speaking to Fox News, he said:
“No one ever told me, and I did not know, that funds designated for welfare recipients were going to the University or me. I tried to help my alma mater USM, a public Mississippi state university, raise funds for a wellness center. My goal was and always will be to improve the athletic facilities at my university.”
Favre has been accused of working with government officials to receive $5 million from Mississippi welfare funds to build the venue at his alma mater — where his daughter played volleyball.
He was also accused of pocketing over $1 million in welfare funds for public speaking engagements that he allegedly blew off.
In 2017, Multiple texts to an official appeared to show Favre knew what he was getting into … with one reading, “If you were to pay me is there any way the media can find out where it came from and how much?”
Eric Hershmann, Favre’s attorney has since dismissed the allegations, claiming that his client did not want his financial business public like many other celebrities.
“Like most celebrities, he didn’t want his source of income to be public, ” he said.
“He had no idea that the payment came from [Temporary Assistance for Needy Families]. and had he known he never would have accepted that money.”
Brett added in his statement, “I have been unjustly smeared in the media.”
The former Green Bay Packers quarterback has not been arrested nor criminally charged in the case.