Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre filed a defamation lawsuit earlier this week against Mississippi State Auditor Shad White, Shannon Sharpe, Fox Sports Personality and sports podcast host Pat McAfee about Favre’s alleged involvement in a $77 million Mississippi welfare fraud case.
Former gambler McAfee doesn’t seem overly concerned about a legal battle.
On his podcast, McAfee scoffed at the lawsuit, saying that all he did was cover the news for the alleged actions.
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«Brett Favre is suing me. We did it, guys…» he said. «We’re lucky to have a bit of a voice in sports. We’re grateful to have the opportunity every day to be a part of the world of sports media. And I guess every time you get a little older, you fly.» a little too close to the sun.»
Favre, who helped raise money for a volleyball center at the University of Southern Mississippi, has denied knowing that a $5 million grant came from a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families welfare fund through the Center for Community Education. from Mississippi.
The state of Mississippi is suing 38 people or companies in an attempt to recover $24 million of $77 million in federal welfare moneyaccording to a Mississippi Today report.
McAfee said Favre’s lawyers sent him a letter asking him to remove videos of him talking about Favre and make a public apology.
«I said, ‘It’s funny, of course we won’t’… There’s one word that I think was said outside of him, on this particular show, if you’re going to watch the whole thing, and it would be ‘supposedly,'» he said. «Our job is to report the news… We owe the world of sports media our coverage. We take our job as journalists very seriously.»
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McAfee is confident that he did nothing wrong and is ready for battle.
«We’re going to ride this f—er. I’m excited to see how it goes. I’ll see you in court, mate,» McAfee said.
Favre received a $1.1 million fundraiser, which he reportedly gave to the university to help build the volleyball center.
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Favre has returned the $1.1 million but has not yet paid the interest, which is why the state is suing him.
Fox News’ Joe Morgan contributed to this report.