Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre has once again found himself embroiled in controversy, this time over a report that he owes over $800,000 in illegally spent welfare funds meant to go to needy families.
On Wednesday, Ashton Pittman of the Mississippi Free Press reported that an auditor in the state of Mississippi is requesting that he return $828,000 in welfare funds. Favre reportedly received over $1 million in funds from non-profits whose founder has been indicted on embezzlement charges.
Per the report, Favre accepted some of the money for speaking engagements on behalf of Families First For Mississippi. But he allegedly never made good on those engagements.
Favre returned some of the money, but not all of it. And the auditor is now threatening a lawsuit if he does not return the money within 30 days.
The wider NFL world was disappointed in what they learned today to put it nicely. On social media, Favre is accused of being a thief. Some are asserting that he should go to jail over his actions – or at least be questioned further in the matter:
Greed, thy name is Brett Favre. https://t.co/PzNe3XIKZC
— Waylon Lewis & Elephant Journal (@elephantjournal) October 13, 2021
If someone spends money that a bank accidentally deposits into their account, they’ll go to prison, but Brett Favre can accept over a million dollars stolen from a state for work he didn’t do, claim that he didn’t know the money was stolen, and there are no further questions.
— So Sayeth Black Lord: (@jmood88) October 13, 2021
When Brett Favre is trending on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/GVgsi3YZ13
— Royalty (@GagaRoyalty) October 13, 2021
The all-time king of interceptions managed to get on the other side of the ball and pick off $828,000 intended for needy families and shovel it into his own pockets. Add “thief” to the ever-expanding list of reasons to despise Brett Favre. https://t.co/xjaVJNJNFH
— 💀 Scary Larry 💀 🇺🇸🌊✊🏻🗽 (@StompTheGOP) October 13, 2021
Half a dozen people are facing criminal charges for what is described as one of the biggest embezzlement cases in Mississippi history. But Brett Favre is not among those facing charges.
The Green Bay Packers legend has stated that he did not know that the funds were stolen.
Does Favre deserve the criticism he has received today?