NFL Legend Favre Speech Scandal Shocks Mississippi

America’s poorest state handed over $1.1mn in federal funds to NFL icon Brett Favre to deliver motivational speeches – which he never made – in a $70mn payout which also went to a professional wrestler, a horse farm and a volleyball complex.

The star quarterback has paid back the money – but not the $228,000 in interest which officials demanded – and has not been charged with any crime despite FBI questioning.

A fired lawyer hired to reclaim some of the poverty-alleviation money – Brad Pigott – said the scandal “was appalling to many of us,” adding, “Mr. Favre was a very great quarterback, but having been a great NFL quarterback, he is not well acquainted with poverty.

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