Brett Favre podcast, radio show suspended due to welfare scandal
ESPN Milwaukee and SiriusXM have suspended shows featuring former NFL quarterback Brett Favre amid questions about the ex-Green Bay Packer’s ties to a wellness controversy in Mississippi.
SiriusXM has suspended Favre’s show, “The SiriusXM Blitz With Brett Favre and Bruce Murray,” Front Office Sports reported over the weekend. Favre has not appeared on the podcast since September 13.
ESPN Milwaukee has put a pause on Favre’s weekly radio appearances, according to Front Office Sports.
The Hill has reached out to Good Karma Brands, which owns ESPN Milwaukee, and SiriusXM for comment.
Favre reportedly contacted former Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) and other officials to use at least $5 million of state welfare funds to build a volleyball center at the University of southern Mississippi.
Text messages last week between Favre, Bryant and others from 2017 to 2019 shed new light on the extent of their communications to secure additional funds to build the volleyball stadium, including property funds. -be.
Favre is an alumnus from southern Mississippi, and his daughter started playing college volleyball in 2017.
Controversy has consumed the state as officials seek to recoup money that was misspent and new revelations come to light.
Last week, John Davis, the former director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, pleaded guilty to federal and state charges related to the controversy, according to The Associated Press.
Nancy New, who ran a nonprofit called the Mississippi Community Education Center that received welfare funds, pleaded guilty in April and cooperated with authorities, the AP reported.
New’s nonprofit, which paid Favre $1.1 million for speaking engagements he never gave, had also contacted Favre about the construction of the volleyball stadium, according to Mississippi Today.
The Mississippi Department of Social Services filed a civil lawsuit against Favre and others in May, seeking to recover more than $20 million in ill-spent welfare dollars.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.