Brett Favre’s weekly NFL show for SiriusXM has been suspended, a company spokesman has confirmed diversity. It’s the latest deal in jeopardy over the QB’s involvement in a Mississippi welfare fraud case.
The SiriusXM representative declined to comment further. Favre, who retired from the NFL in 2010 after 20 years in the league, first began co-hosting the SiriusXM show in 2018. The former Green Bay Packers QB joined the services of satellite radio and audio streamer on “The SiriusXM Blitz With Brett Favre and Bruce Murray” starting Tuesday, most recently on Sept. 13.
SiriusXM’s hiatus from Favre’s show comes as ESPN Milwaukee said it would temporarily suspend the ex-football star’s weekly “The Brett Favre Show,” which recaps Packers games, NBC Sports reported.
Favre is said to have conspired with former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to divert state welfare funds to build a new $5 million volleyball stadium at the University of Southern Mississippi. Favre is a university graduate and his daughter played volleyball at school. Favre has not been accused of breaking the law and has denied any wrongdoing.
The FBI questioned Favre about $1.1 million in speaking fees he received in 2017-18 for lectures he allegedly did not present. Favre repaid the fees, which came from state welfare funds intended for low-income Mississippi families.
Text messages published by Mississippi Today earlier this month appear to show that Favre – along with Bryant; John Davis, former executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services; and nonprofit founder Nancy New—collaborated to abusively divert federal welfare funds. According to the lyrics, Favre asked New, “If you paid me, is there any way the media can find out where it’s coming from and how much?” (New replied, “No, we never released that information.”)
On Thursday, September 22, Davis pled guilty to both state and federal charges of misappropriation of federal welfare funds and conspiracy to defraud the state, according to prosecutors.
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