Brett Favre brings a lawsuit
Brett Favre has faced heavy public scrutiny in recent months related to a welfare scandal in Mississippi. The former Green Bay Packers quarterback had his name connected in relation to the scandal, where he is alleged to have coordinated with officials to secure TANF funding for a wellness center at Southern Mississippi.
Favre has not been charged with a crime. The Hall of Fame quarterback is now seeking retribution for alleged defamation by two media members. According to a report by Alex Raskin with The Daily Mail, Favre is suing Shannon Sharpe and Pat McAfee for “defamatory allegations” related to the welfare case:
“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.
Sharpe, a Hall of Fame tight end with the Broncos and Ravens, called Favre a ‘sleazeball’ on his FS1 show in September while accusing the retired quarterback of knowingly stealing $1.1 million in Mississippi welfare funds in exchange for speeches that he never made. McAfee, a former Colts punter who now hosts a popular SiriusXM podcast, accused Favre of ‘stealing from the poor people of Mississippi.’ “
A new development in a complex case
Many were quick to rush to judgment when Brett Favre’s name was dropped in relation to the welfare case, especially when alleged text messages from Favre were released to the public. Favre was the subject of an HBO documentary about the case. Favre has maintained his innocence throughout this process. These lawsuits could be an attempt for Favre to clear his name.