On Monday, legendary Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre was named in a Mississippi state welfare scandal, where he was paid $1.1 million for speaking engagements he never attended. Two days after news broke, Favre stepped forward and did the right thing.
On Wednesday, Mississippi state auditor Shad White revealed that Favre had paid his office $500,000 and will pay the remaining money back in installments over the next few months.
— Daniel Bice (@DanielBice) May 6, 2020
According to the auditor’s report, the Department of Human Services oversaw nearly $94 million of improperly spent funds. The Mississippi Community Education Center (MCEC) was chosen to spend the money through the federal government’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
Favre was paid $500,000 in 2017 and $600,000 in 2018 by MCEC to deliver speeches and sign autographs for at least three events. Even though he was paid this extravagant amount of money, the Hall-of-Fame quarterback never lived up to his end of the bargain, as he wasn’t even in attendance for the events.
Interestingly enough, Favre has a relationship with MCEC founder Nancy New, who used nearly $2.15 million from the TANF program, and instead invested it in Prevacus, a company that’s developing concussion treatment drugs.
The money will be held in our clearing account for a period and then be sent, in full, to the Mississippi Department of Human Services to be used for TANF-appropriate expenditures.
— Shad White (@shadwhite) May 6, 2020
Despite being caught in the middle of this scandal, Favre won’t be facing any criminal charges. Instead, the money returned will go back to the Department of Human Services.
Even though Favre did the right thing, you can’t help but wonder why he’d willingly accept money for literally doing nothing. Unfortunately for the ex-Packers signal caller, the controversy won’t be going away any time soon.