Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre broke his silence on Tuesday over allegations that he was involved in a case of welfare fraud in Mississippi. Favre denied knowing that the money he helped raise for a volleyball center came from funds intended for welfare recipients.
His statement, which he provided exclusively to Fox News Digital, caught many people’s attention with one line in particular: “I have been unfairly defamed in the media.”
The comment reopened a heated debate about Favre and how the media portrayed his alleged role in the scandal. Some say the press has been soft on the star, while others suggest Favre is deflecting blame with the remark.
Favre was accused of taking $5 million from the Mississippi Wellness Fund to help build a volleyball and wellness center at the University of Southern Mississippi, where Favre played football and her daughter in volleyball. Mississippi auditor Shad White also alleged the Hall of Fame took $1 million in welfare funds for speaking engagements he did not attend.
“He doesn’t get dirty. He got caught,” said Tristan Snell, an attorney and former New York State assistant attorney general. wrote on Twitter.
In Wednesday’s edition of undisputed on Fox Sports 1, hosts Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe were highly critical of Favre’s statement.
“The media didn’t do that. The media didn’t force you to take that money. The media didn’t force you to try to pretend you were a philanthropist,” Sharpe said.
Sharpe added, “If I had a problem with the media, they would try to clean up your dirty behind.”
Sharpe’s comments have been echoed by many on social media who feel the press is still giving the Green Bay Packers legend a free pass to focus on the actions of black athletes instead.
This week, several people brought up Favre while discussing Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams, charged with misdemeanor assault after shoving a photographer after Monday night’s NFL game. Favre was also mentioned by people writing about Draymond Green of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, who was fined for hitting a teammate.
“Ridiculous. Meanwhile, Brett Favre is living his best life,” writer Wajahat Ali said on Twitter regarding Adams’ accusations.
“Davante Adams pushing someone down and Draymond hitting his teammate were wrong,” said Robert Griffin III, former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst. wrote. “But let’s focus our attention on Brett Favre and the evil of stealing millions from our nation’s poorest people in Mississippi.”
“They’re talking more about Davante Adams pushing the cameraman than Brett Favre robbing the poor, but I guess I’m tripping,” former NFL cornerback Charles James II said. tweeted.
Favre had defenders, including one person who commented on Griffin’s tweet.
“Bruh…that’s the problem with you guys in the media. The whole Favre thing isn’t set in stone. There’s still a lot of unknowns out there. Yeah, if it’s determined that ‘he actually robbed people, so let’s focus on that,’ the message read.
Pleasemynews contacted Favre’s representative and the Mississippi State Auditor for comment.