DEFENSE: Brett Favre Denies Wrongdoing In Mississippi Welfare Scandal, Asks Judge To Dismiss Claims Against Him
In the ongoing legal battle surrounding the Mississippi welfare scandal, NFL Hall of Famer Brett Favre reportedly has filed a motion through his legal team with the Mississippi judicial court seeking to have the complaints made against him and his affiliated companies dismissed.
Favre was accused by the state of engaging in a civil conspiracy with other state officials and the director of a non-profit to syphon state funds meant for welfare recipients to build athletic facilities at a state university that his daughter attended. Two drug companies that are backed by the Hall of Famer have also been accused of being connected to the welfare funds scandal. There have been allegations by the state that Favre offered stock to the Governor and tried to offer other incentives to get funds from the state for his various endeavors.
Legal documents obtained by ESPN say the two concussion drug companies, Prevacus (now known as Odyssey Health) and PresolMD, had allegedly “overstated their NFL connections and exaggerated the known effectiveness of their drugs during efforts to raise money.” In the filed civil suit, the founder of both companies, Jake VanLandingham, has been accused of receiving more than $2.1 million in welfare funds from Mississippi’s state government.
VanLandingham denied the allegations against him when speaking to ESPN. Favre’s lawyer Eric Herschmann issued a statement, claiming that his client is being made out to be the scapegoat as a result of the state’s mishandling of the welfare funds entrusted to them.
“[MDHS]’s lawsuit is nothing more than a baseless attempt to blame Brett Favre for its own failure to oversee the welfare funds placed in its trust. Mr. Favre never had any control over how Mississippi spent its welfare funds. He never made any misrepresentations to anyone.”
Favre first broke his silence on October 11th, when he denied the allegations by claiming that his name has been unjustifiably “smeared” by the media. “I have done nothing wrong, and it is past time to set the record straight,” Favre said.
“No one ever told me, and I did not know, that funds designated for welfare recipients were going to the University or me. I tried to help my alma mater USM [University of Southern Mississippi], a public Mississippi state university, raise funds for a wellness center. My goal was and always will be to improve the athletic facilities at my university.”
ESPN has more HERE.