Black Twitter isn’t letting Brett Favre’s alleged involvement in misappropriating funds meant for needy Mississippi families fall by the wayside.
The suspension of Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka over inappropriate behavior with a staffer drew many of the headlines over the last few days. But users of the social media platform worked to keep the public’s attention on the reports that the NFL Hall of Fame quarterback diverted $5 million from Mississippi welfare funds.
Favre is connected to an alleged $77 million welfare fraud scheme in the state; new court documents show he texted then-Gov. Phil Bryant in 2019 to ask about getting money from the state’s welfare agency to build an indoor practice facility for the University of Southern Mississippi’s football team.
Bryant allegedly told Favre via text that federal money for children and low-income adults is “tightly controlled” and “improper use could result in violation of Federal Law.” The texts about the football facility came two years after then-director of Mississippi’s Department of Human Services John Davis committed welfare money to a volleyball arena that Favre wanted in order for his daughter to play there.
While Favre’s radio show has been put on hold, many believe that Favre is facing much less scrutiny than his Black athlete counterparts, including former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality; current New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston, who reportedly stole $32 in crab legs while in college; and former NFL quarterback Michael Vick, who was vilified - and ultimately convicted - for his role in orchestrating a dogfighting ring.
Many are angry over the lack of media coverage of the scandal, especially since local publications in Mississippi published their findings well over a year ago.