My fellow critics of all things sports, media and sports media: can we switch now?
We need to stop tweeting and writing and saying that Brett Favre, the story of misappropriation of welfare funds It does not get attention from the “media”. It certainly is. Thanks to the tireless work of some Mississippi journalists, this writer is first He started asking more than two years ago Why Favre got $1.1 million earmarked for families in need through the Mississippi Department of Human Services.
attention You should now focus on the companies that continue to hold on to Favre despite mounting evidence that he purposely stole millions of dollars from the poorest people in the nation’s poorest state to build a vanity project at his alma mater.
on Sunday, Athletes’ Richard Deitch reported via Twitter that Sirius XM Putting Favre’s weekly show “on hold” in light of the headlines, The 33rd Team, a website founded by former NFL team executives Mike Tannenbaum and Joe Banner, Confirmed to Front Office Sports It also stops dealing with it temporarily. These are following Friday news That the Milwaukee branch of ESPN Radio decided to “stop” Favre’s weekly appearance.
But as Front Office Sports reports, three companies using Favre as a spokesperson so far are siding with the 52-year-old: Copper Fit, a commercial staple that sells copper-coated compression elements that the company claims reduce muscle and joint pain; Hallow, a Catholic application for prayer and meditation. and Odyssey Health, which is developing a drug for concussion.
Hallow still has a photo of Favre on his website, but a page featuring “Meditation for Athletes” has been edited to remove a short bio about him and recommended words about resilience (The internet never forgets).
Cooper Fett has confirmed her relationship with Favre, going so far as to say that Favre has “always acted with honor” and is “A very honorable man” In a statement last week that… sure. Even before the Mississippi welfare story, Favre was too A series of hateful and immoral accusations and commercial transactions. Perhaps “honorable” and “decent” have different meanings for different people.
Odyssey Health removed Favre from its website, although two of Favre’s last three tweets, on July 12 and August 24, were retweeted to the company. Last year, Odyssey bought Prevacus, a biomedical startup that is also prominent in the Mississippi welfare fund scandal. Mississippi Today reported that Favre, with the help of former Governor Phil Bryant, had Millions more in welfare money He was directed to Prevacus, and in return, Bryant would receive stock in the company after he left his position.
Favre has not been charged with a crime. Federal authorities were involved and the FBI questioned Favre. But how could anyone want to casually relate to this? In this sprawling case, the Mississippi auditor says at least $77 million in federal funds for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) were wrong.
If we add the $1.1 million, Favre was awarded to “promote” families first for Mississippi (remember, kids: a selfie with a washed-up posess much better than a fridge full of healthy food), and $5 million for a volleyball court at Southern University. MississippiAnd the Favre and his $1.7 million interests took about 10 percent of the amount the auditor says was misused.
Again, that money was supposed to go to the poorest people in the poorest country in this country. The minimum wage in Mississippi is $7.25 an hour. The average household income is $46,500well below the federal average in 2020 for $67,500. Twenty-eight percent of the state’s children live in poverty. Those numbers are worse for the state’s black residents, who make up 38 percent of the state’s population.
The capital, Jackson, has been without potable water for weeks this summer.
Text messages obtained by Mississippi Today and the Mississippi Free Press indicate that Favre knew it was wrong to take the money, and even Bryant reportedly sent a text message to Favre In September 2019, “We have to follow the law. Me too [sic] Old Federal Prison.
Favre is getting attention. So should companies that seem to believe what he claims to have done is acceptable.