Shannon Sharpe slams ‘sleazeball’ Brett Favre amid $1.1m welfare fund scandal… and insists a black player in his position would NOT have been inducted to the NFL Hall of Fame: ‘You have to be a sorry mofo to steal from the underserved’
- Brett Favre was reportedly paid $1.1m for motivational speeches he didn’t make
- The money allegedly came from a Mississippi welfare fund in a wider scheme
- Shannon Sharpe slammed Favre Wednesday, saying ‘he’s been shady, for a very, very long time’
- And the former tight end thinks there are double standards with how Favre was treated
NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe slammed Packers legend Brett Favre Wednesday, calling the Packers legend a ‘sleazeball’ for his involvement in a Mississippi state welfare scandal.
Favre was reportedly questioned by the FBI earlier this month for being paid $1.1m from a Mississippi welfare fund for motivational speeches he never made.
And texts released Monday once again linked Favre to the misuse of the state’s welfare funds for a volleyball stadium at the University of Southern Mississippi.
The messages, published by Mississippi Today, show how Favre allegedly attempted to funnel $5million into the new complex built at his alma mater, where his daughter was playing volleyball in 2018, in collaboration with former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and nonprofit founder Nancy New.
On Wednesday, Sharpe didn’t hold back in his criticism of Favre, and suggested there were double standards in how the former Packer has been treated.
Brett Favre was allegedly involved in a Mississippi state welfare scandal
Shannon Sharpe called Brett Favre an alleged ‘sleazeball’ for his involvement in the plan
‘I talked to people that was in the room when Brett Favre went to the Hall of Fame and nobody mentioned about text messages that he sent to [Jen Sterger],’ Sharpe said on FS1’s Undisputed.
‘Nobody mentioned anything about the addiction that he suffered from. But yet [Terrell Owens] they brought up everything.
‘When black and brown defraud the government, they hell bent. You get a EBT card… they’ll move heaven and earth to try and put you in jail for 400 little measley dollars. Now this man [Favre] done took a million dollars.’
Sharpe was referring to Favre allegedly sending explicit photos to former Jets host and in-house sideline reporter Jen Sterger in 2010 when he was with the team.
The ex-quarterback has also spoken openly about his past addiction to painkillers.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016, while Owens, who has reportedly had drug issues as well, was not inducted into the Hall until his third year on the ballot.
‘Can you imagine if TO would have had incidents like Brett Favre off the field?’ Sharpe asked about the former 49ers, Cowboys and Eagles star.
‘TO still to this day right now would not be in the Hall of Fame. Yet they walked past it like Brett Favre did nothing.’
Sharpe used Owens as an example for the double standards Favre benefitted from
The text messages released this week show Favre corresponding with New, who ran a nonprofit ‘in charge of spending tens of millions of flexible federal welfare dollars outside of public view.’
‘If you were to pay me, is there anyway the media can find out where it came from and how much?’ Favre is seen to have written in August 2017.
A day later, New said she had spoken to Bryant, who was ‘on board’ with their plans, and Bryant acknowledged to New in 2019 that he had spoken with Favre about the plan.
‘The problem that I have with this situation, you got to be a sorry mofo to steal from the lowest,’ Sharpe said of the scheme.
‘Mississippi is the poorest state in our country… Brett Favre is taking from the underserved.
‘He’s been a sleazeball, he’s been shady, for a very, very long time.’
Favre is said to have been paid the cash in 2017 and 2018, as part of a wider $70 million scandal – along with a professional wrestler, a horse farm and a volleyball complex.
Favre is not accused of a crime and said last year he had paid the $1.1 million, but a Mississippi state auditor is reportedly demanding $228,000 in interest.