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SiriusXM suspends Bret Favre’s show over his involvement in welfare fraud scheme

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In the wake of reports regarding his alleged involvement in a Mississippi welfare fraud scheme, former NFL quarterback Brett Favre’s SiriusXM show The SiriusXM Blitz With Brett Favre and Bruce Murray has been suspended according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Favre and 37 other individuals and organizations were sued by the Mississippi Department of Human Services for allegedly misusing state welfare funds for his own personal endeavors. Favre allegedly rerouted $5 million in funds to the construction of a volleyball stadium at the University of Southern Mississippi — where his daughter is a volleyball player.

The FBI also interviewed him over $1 million in speaking fees he was paid by the state of Mississippi for motivational speeches he never delivered.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

In a report published Sept. 13 by Mississippi Today, text messages allegedly show the former quarterback working with former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant Bryant, along with former executive director of Mississippi’s Department of Human Services John Davis and founder of nonprofit Mississippi Community Education Nancy New, to allegedly divert state welfare funds.

That money was part of a federal program known as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), which financially assists states with supporting low-income families with children.

In addition to Sirius, ESPN Milwaukee suspended Favre’s weekly Packers recap program The Brett Favre Show. Favre has hosted his Sirius show since 2018. 

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