Brett Favre said he has done nothing wrong and has been “smeared” in the media in response to his involvement in a sprawling welfare investigation in Mississippi, according to a statement given to Fox News Digital.
“I have been unjustly smeared in the media,” Favre said in the statement, which Fox News Digital published Tuesday. “I have done nothing wrong, and it is past time to set the record straight.
“No one ever told me, and I did not know, that funds designated for welfare recipients were going to the University or me. I tried to help my alma mater USM [University of Southern Mississippi], a public Mississippi state university, raise funds for a wellness center. My goal was and always will be to improve the athletic facilities at my university.”
According to a Mississippi state audit, $77 million in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds were diverted from the poorest people in America’s poorest state toward rich and powerful Mississippians. Six people have been arrested in the case, five of whom have pleaded guilty to state charges. Favre has not been criminally charged but is a defendant in a civil lawsuit filed by the state.
BREAKING: Disgraced former football star Brett Favre claims that he is being “unjustly smeared” by the “media” after it was revealed that he was allegedly involved in a disgusting welfare scheme to siphon $77 million from poor Mississippians. RT TO DEMAND HE BE PROSECUTED!
— Occupy Democrats (@OccupyDemocrats) October 11, 2022
If the media is getting the @BrettFavre scandall wrong, I hope he accepts my invitation to join me on @11thHour to clear things up.
Brett Favre denies wrongdoing in welfare case, blames media https://t.co/Q3GTlj3GoA
— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) October 11, 2022