Brett Favre said he didn’t know that the money he received for speeches he never gave came from Mississippi welfare funds. He recently repaid $600,000 of that money to the state, but his legal woes are not over.
Mississippi state officials blasted Favre after realizing he’d received more than $1.1 million for speeches he never actually gave. He paid back $500,000 earlier this year, but earlier this month the state demanded more than $800,000 more for the remaining balance plus interest. The former NFL great returned the remainder of payments, but not the interest, The Daily Mail said.
The state auditor Shad White put a clock on when how long Brett Favre has before the state will sue him for that money.
“If he does not pay that within 30 days of our demand, the AG will be responsible for enforcing the payment of the interest in court,” White said in a letter, NPR reported.
Though Favre does not face criminal charges in the case. And any enforcement would be a civil action.
The Mississippi Community Education Center paid Favre the money. The leader of the nonprofit is awaiting trial for allegedly misappropriating state funds. Favre said in a Facebook post after paying back $500,000 that he didn’t know he received money earmarked for welfare programs, The New York Post reported.
The $1.1 million paid to Favre is part of $77 million in misspent welfare cash, Mississippi alleges. With interest, the amount balloons to nearly $100 million. The state charged Mississippi Department of Human Services Director John Davis and several others with misappropriating those funds. The state alleges that state cash went to pay for travel expenses and programs to support college athletes, NPR said.
Brett Favre Stress Tackle-Free Football For Kids Under 14
Brett Favre took some serious hits in the NFL and many long before his pro career began. Now, he reconsidered his position on allowing children to play tackle football as mounting evidence shows that it can cause serious, long-term problems.
Favre partnered with the Concussion Legacy Foundation to discuss the dangers of head trauma and to ask parents to not let their kids play tackle football before they’re 14 years old.
“I don’t know what normal feels like. Do I have CTE? I really don’t know,” Brett Favre told TODAY recently. “Concussions are a very, very serious thing and we’re just scraping the surface of how severe they are.”
Favre played for years and suffered innumerable head hits. He said he struggles with memory problems and wonders if those tackles play a role in that.
“(There’s) no telling how many concussions I’ve had. And what are the repercussions of that, there’s no answer,” Favre said. “I wasn’t the best student, but I still can remember certain things that you would go, ‘Why would you even remember that?’ But I can’t remember someone that I played six years in Green Bay … but the face looks familiar. Those [are the] type of issues that make me wonder.”
Favre recently appeared in a PSA with the concussion foundation to discuss the dangers of tackle football for kids.