The role of former NFL quarterback Brett Favre in embezzling millions in federal funds is explained in this article by mississippitoday.org.
Favre used his friendship with then Governor Phil Bryant and others to divert millions of federal welfare dollars into a volleyball facility at his alma mater. Millions more in TANF funds were diverted to investment in an experimental drug in which Favre had a financial interest.
Favre is no stranger to controversy.
During his long career as a durable and successful professional quarterback, Favre famously had problems with abusing Vicodin and alcohol. Favre’s wife Deanna described him as “loud, rough, and hateful” during his various bouts with chemical abuse. It is claimed that Favre stopped using alcohol after undergoing rehabilitation treatment for the second time in 1999.
Then in 2010, the NFL investigated Favre for “sexting” and leaving inappropriate voice messages for Jenn Sterger, a female sportscaster. He was also accused of sending Sterger a photograph of his penis. Favre admitted the “sexting” and voicemails, but denied sending the photo.
Although the photo came from the same telephone as the texts, NFL investigators said they could not find “forensic evidence” he had sent the photograph. Favre reportedly made a tearful apology to his Minnesota Viking teammates. Ultimately, the NFL found Favre not to be in violation with its personal conduct rules, but did fine him $50,000 for failure to cooperate with its investigation. Favre ended his pro football career at the end of the 2010 season.
Since retirement he has been involved with his wife Deanna in a variety of high profile philanthropic ventures.
Here is the link to mississippitoday.org’s story about Favre and the DHS embezzlement scandal: https://mississippitoday.org/2022/04/06/brett-favre-used-fame-favors-welfare-dollars/
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