Brett Favre is not the man he pretended to be all those years in the National Football League.
Text messages released as part of a civil lawsuit related to misspent welfare funds in Mississippi allegedly show former Gov. Phil Bryant worked to help Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre obtain funds to build a volleyball facility at the University of Southern Mississippi.
On top of those texts was Favre writing to Nancy New, the founder of the nonprofit Mississippi Community Education Center, about his concerns about media publicity.
“If you were to pay me is there anyway the media can find out where it came from and how much?” Favre wrote in an August 2017 message.
“No, we never have had that information publicized,” New said.
This week, we are finding out that Favre wanted to use slave labor from local prisons to help build lockers at a new volleyball facility at the University of Southern Mississippi. Favre played football for the school from 1987-90 and his daughter played volleyball there 2017-2022.
Once that news came out, Jemele Hill was one of many people to comment on it and she was not happy.
“So not only did Brett Favre have no issue using welfare funds inappropriately but he went to the next level of asshole by suggesting that prison labor be used.”
The welfare funds in question were part of the $86 million Mississippi is given each year by the federal government to lift families out of poverty. Mississippi is the poorest state in the country.
Favre has said publicly that he did not know the funds were welfare dollars and that he believes he did nothing wrong. He paid back $1.1 million that was given to him directly, but the state auditor says he still owes $228,000 in interest.
He has not said a single word since the release of the text messages.