AP Photo_Rogelio V. Solis A recent court filing states that NFL legend and Hall of Famer Brett Favre, consistently sought funding for a new volleyball stadium at Southern Miss even after he was told it could be illegal.
A text sent to Favre on July 28, 2019, by former Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, said that the founder of a nonprofit who paid him retained some control over the dispersal of money from the welfare fund. However, that piece of information came with a warning.
“Use of these funds [is] tightly controlled,” Bryant wrote to Favre. “Any improper use could result in violation of Federal Law. Auditors are currently reviewing the use of these funds.”
Though, despite Bryant’s admonition, Favre continued to press for the funds. Former NFL player Brett Favre speaks onstage during day 3 of SiriusXM at Super Bowl LIV on January 31, 2020, in Miami, Florida. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM ) As the court filing states, on September 4, 2019, Favre texted Bryant after a meeting to re-state the need to quickly secure funds and further stressed that he needed Bryant’s help to do so.
“We obviously need your help big time and time is working against us,” Favre wrote. “And we feel that your name is the perfect choice for this facility and we are not taking No for an answer! You are a Southern Miss Alumni, and folks need to know you are also a supporter of the University.”
Bryant signaled his willingness to help, but also said he would not be a part of anything illegal.
“We are going to get there,” Bryant wrote Favre, according to the filing. “This was a great meeting. But we have to follow the law. I am to[o] old for Federal Prison.”
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