News broke earlier this year that legendary Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre was involved in a Mississippi welfare scam. The Hall of Famer is said to have siphoned off money (with the governor’s help at the time) from the welfare fund to build a new volleyball stadium for the University of Southern Mississippi.
However, a few months before the news first hit in early 2020, one of Favre’s business partners received a call about it.
According to Front Office Sports, the caller informed associates about both the midfielder and Jake VanLandingham. VanLandingham is the founder of a concussion drug company that allegedly lied about its effectiveness.
“I want you to know that Jake and Brett are going to be part of the biggest welfare fraud in Mississippi history. It could become the biggest welfare scandal in the history of the country.”
Sports office confirmed to multiple sources that the call was indeed in the names of both parties. The call happened in 2019, and the first report even remotely connected to Favre came in early 2020.
Multiple sources, including the phone call, seem to contradict what Favre has been saying all along – that he didn’t know the money was from welfare.
Both the midfielder and vanLandingham were named in a lawsuit earlier this year seeking to recover all funds improperly spent. This total amount can be up to 77 million USD.
Did Brett Favre go to jail?
There is reason to believe, given his role and alleged text messages suggesting he knew about the crime, that Legendary midfielder should go to jail. He is also being sued for his role in the scandal and it seems unlikely he will be able to avoid punishment.
But given his level of wealth and power, jail time doesn’t seem like much of a possibility. Chances are there’s a fine, maybe even the return of the money he stole. His time behind bars is uncertain due to his stature and the nature of the case. That will likely only elevate further The anger of fans all over the world.
With that said, a punishment, maybe even a harsh one, is almost certain to happen. We’ll have to see how the situation plays out.