Text messages link Favre, welfare money, volleyball facility

Favre is included in the lawsuit for 3.2 million dollars along with his business partner Jake...
Favre is included in the lawsuit for 3.2 million dollars along with his business partner Jake Vanlandingham for 2.1 million dollars.(WLBT)
Published: Sep. 14, 2022 at 11:48 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 14, 2022 at 11:55 AM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - New court documents show the Mississippi governor in 2017 knew of a plan for a nonprofit group to pay Brett Favre more than $1 million in welfare grant money so the retired NFL quarterback could help fund a volleyball facility.

The building is at the University of Southern Mississippi, where Favre’s daughter played volleyball. Court documents filed Monday include text message exchanges between Favre and Nancy New, director of the nonprofit that had contracts with the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

In August 2017, New texted Favre that then-Gov. Phil Bryant was “on board” with payment to Favre to help fund the volleyball building.