Texts: Mississippi ex-governor knew of Favre welfare money
Newly revealed text messages show how deeply involved a Mississippi governor was in directing more than $1 million in welfare money to Brett Favre to help pay for one of the retired NFL quarterback’s pet projects. Instead of the money going to help low-income families in one of the nation’s poorest states, as intended, it was funneled through a nonprofit group to Favre and was spent on a new volleyball facility at a university both men attended. The 2017 texts show Republican Gov. Phil Bryant was “on board” with the plan. Bryant's left office in 2020. The state is suing Favre and others, alleging that they misspent welfare money.
Newly released text messages show former governor Phil Bryant pushing to help get millions in federal welfare dollar to construct a volleyball stadium NFL player Brett Favre want it built at his alma mater University of Southern Mississippi.