Brett Favre was once one of the most beloved athletes in the state of Wisconsin. His departure from the team, and the way it happened, left a sour taste in some fans’ mouths. When he joined the Minnesota Vikings, it infuriated most of the fan base. Now, his post-NFL life is ruining whatever reputation he has left.
Favre has been accused of among other things, personally benefitting from the largest welfare scheme in Mississippi history. The scheme, uncovered in 2020, is alleged to have helped to “divert federal funds intended to help poor Mississippians to build a volleyball stadium” at the University of Southern Mississippi, Brett Favre’s alma mater, according to Mississippi Today. Today the story got a big update.
Brett Favre Saga Gets Brutal Update Via Shannon Sharpe
According to DJ Byrnes of The Comeback:
Attorneys for Fox Sports commentator Shannon Sharpe are trying to follow in the footsteps of lawyers for ESPN’s Pat McAfee by filing a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit by former NFL quarterback Brett Favre.
Favre filed the lawsuit after Sharpe commented on the ongoing Mississippi welfare scandal.
“‘So, if that is the poorest state, Brett Favre is taking from the underserved,” Sharpe said. “You made a hundred plus million dollars in the NFL, and to talk about, well, [Favre] didn’t know. This is what Brett Favre texted, ‘If you were to pay me, is there any way the media can find out where it came from and how much?
Sharpe’s lawyers say the First Amendment protects their client’s speech.
“Sharpe’s opinions — commentary based on reported facts and couched in rhetorical hyperbole regarding an issue of public concern about a public figure — lie at the core of the protections afforded by the First Amendment and Mississippi law,” Sharpe’s lawyers wrote. “Sharpe’s comments are not actionable, and the complaint is irreparably defective on its face.”
The judge has yet to rule on the motion.
When Green Bay Packers fans saw this update, they reacted on social media in a brutal way:
Did Shannon lie?
— Anaba (@Anaba1980) May 4, 2023
Stay on their necks AJ!!!! Amplifying this because 🗣️BRETT FAVRE SHOULD BE IN JAIL!!!!! https://t.co/Z0YeMnWzQv
— Dawn (@_dawnmontgomery) May 4, 2023
Call me simple, but I feel like the easiest way to keep people from saying you're a thieving piece of trash is to just NOT be a thieving piece of trash. 🤷♀️ https://t.co/t9tjtZHe5q
— Muffin Heeler is my spirit animal. (@kryptogal) May 4, 2023
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