A Milwaukee sports radio station said it’s taking Brett Favre off the air in light of what is going on with him and Mississippi. The move comes amid the Green bay Packer great’s possible connections to a welfare fraud scandal in Mississippi.
Some question whether Favre knowingly took $5 million of welfare money to build a new volleyball arena at the university where his daughter played.
“ESPN Milwaukee has “paused” Brett Favre’s weekly radio appearances amid the swirling Mississippi welfare funds scandal, a spokesperson for the station’s ownership group told Front Office Sports on Friday.
Good Karma Brands — which owns ESPN Milwaukee’s WKTI-FM and ESPN Radio stations in Denver, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other markets — becomes the first media outlet to sideline the former Green Bay Packers great since scrutiny intensified in recent weeks over Favre‘s ties to receiving funds earmarked for needy families in Mississippi.”
Favre has not been charged, but the former director of Mississippi’s welfare agency received a 32-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to conspiracy and fraud against the government.
Front Office Sports mentions SiriusXM and 33rdTeam as other media outlets with existing deals with Favre, but he has not contributed to either of them since Sept. 13.
In addition to losing media partners, some of Favre’s sponsors have reportedly begun to back away from him.
However, not everyone is stepping away from the hall of fame QB.
“Copper Fit has worked with Brett Favre for nearly nine years,” Copper Fit said. “He has always acted honorably, and we know him to be a very decent man. To our knowledge, he was cleared of any wrong-doing two years ago. We are confident that will be the case in the civil suit.”
Favre himself pleaded innocence and ignorance in the beginning, but has been quiet since text messages proved he knew exactly what was going on.