Huge news has hit the sporting world as Brett Favre is dishing out lawsuits to some pretty big sports figures.
According to Daily Mail, the former NFL quarterback has filed a lawsuit against Shannon Sharpe and Pat McAfee over ‘defamatory allegations’ relating to the Mississippi welfare fraud case that he is currently dealing with.
Favre is also suing Mississippi auditor Shad White.
‘Shannon Sharpe and Pat McAfee tried to further their careers by making baseless defamatory allegations against Brett Favre,’ a spokesperson for the 53-year-old told DailyMail.com.
Hall of fame tight end Shannon Sharpe has gone on record to state that Favre is a ‘sleazeball’ on his FS1 show while accusing the retired quarterback of knowingly stealing $1.1 million in Mississippi welfare funds.
Former Colts punter turned podcaster Pat McAfee accused Favre of ‘stealing from the poor people of Mississippi.’
Last but not least is Shad White, who is being accused of repeatedly misleading the public about Favre’s involvement in the case. White stated Favre knew the money he received from the no-show speaking gigs came from a non-profit funded by state taxes.
‘Shad White has done a disservice to the people of Mississippi,’ Favre’s spokesperson told DailyMail.com. ‘Here is some free advice for Shad White: do what state auditors are supposed to do—fix the state’s failure to have controls in place to ensure that it properly safeguards the taxpayers’ money, not smear the reputations of private citizens to serve his own personal and political ambitions.’
Favre is among 38 individuals or organizations being sued by the state in May to recoup $24 million from the $77 million welfare scheme.
‘Today, Brett Favre has sued [Sharpe and McAfee],’ the retired quarterback’s spokesman told DailyMail.com. ‘Mr. Favre has spent his retirement from the NFL focused, on, among other things, helping people suffering from concussions. Sadly, Shannon and Pat have decided to spend their time making false public statements against Brett.’
Text messages revealed Favre’s efforts to divert $5 million in welfare money to a new volleyball arena for the University of Southern Mississippi, his alma mater, where his daughter was playing the sport at the time.
Favre has denied knowing the source of the funding.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.