Retired NFL star and supposed “Welfare Queen” Brett Favre is calling on the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) and seeking a way out of the scandalous lawsuit that made headlines earlier this year.
The matter came to light back in September and centered on the recovery of millions of dollars in embezzled welfare funds. An audit suggested that wealthy Mississippi residents benefited from resources that were expected to go to impoverished families, and Brett’s name was included in the lawsuit.
He was specifically accused of helping to establish a $5 million volleyball net at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) with embezzled welfare funds. Additionally, Favre allegedly received an additional $1 million from the Mississippi Center for Community Education (MCEC) to cover his fundraising contracts.
We should also note that the case is a civil matter and Brett has not been criminally charged for any wrongdoing.
Favre blames MDHS
On Monday, Brett’s attorney—Eric D. Herschmann—filed a motion to dismiss his client from the lawsuit, according to News AP.
In the filing, Herschmann criticized MDHS and said it “seeks to baselessly and irresponsibly blame Favre for its gross and illegal handling of welfare funds.”
He also implied that Brett was brought into the matter just to give it more traction.
“The inclusion of Favre in this case worked as expected—it brought national media attention to the case.”
The lawyer went on to point out the legal issue in a statement with GAME.
“[MDHS]His lawsuit is nothing more than a baseless attempt to blame Brett Favre for failing to oversee the welfare trusts. Mr. Favre has never had any control over how Mississippi uses its welfare funds. He never misrepresented anything to anyone.”
Brett Denies (Deliberately) Becomes “Welfare Queen”
At this point, we should add that Favre responded to the controversy in October. In a statement to Fox NewsThe 53-year-old former athlete declared his innocence.
“I was unjustly smeared in the media. I did nothing wrong, and it’s time to set the record.
No one has ever told me, and I don’t know, that the funds for welfare recipients will go to the University or to me.”
He went on to say that he was just trying to help improve the facilities at his facility. old school.
“I was trying to help my alma mater USM, a Mississippi public university, raise money for a wellness center. My goal has been and always will be to improve the sports facilities at my university.”
Disagreement Over $228K in profit
So far, Brett has repaid the $1 million in embezzlement he received from MCEC.
However, according to auditor Shad White, he still owes $228,000 in interest. White also said News AP that they are not concerned with Favre’s statements on the matter.
“Every party in a civil action is free to make the arguments they want to make and I will not comment on them. The court system can look at the case and the judge can determine who has to pay what.”
What do you think of the controversy, and do you believe that Brett Favre is the “Queen of Welfare”?