Former NFL Star Brett Favre, Mississippi Auditor Take Fight Over Welfare Money to Twitter

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre and Mississippi Auditor Shad White exchanged heated words over Twitter regarding allegations that Favre took welfare money from the state for speeches he never gave, the Associated Press reported.

Earlier this week, Favre repaid $600,000 to the state after having already given back $500,000 of the $1.1 million the auditor said the retired NFL star took from a nonprofit organization that had taken money set aside for people in need of financial assistance.

"Of course the money was returned because I would never knowingly take funds meant to help our neighbors in need, but for Shad White to continue to push out this lie that the money was for no-show events is something I cannot stay silent about," Favre wrote Friday on Twitter.

Favre contended that he made commercials for which he was paid by a nonprofit organization, but White responded via Twitter that the former Green Bay Packers player was contractually obligated to give speeches and do a radio ad.

"These are lies, @BrettFavre," White tweeted. "The CPA for Favre Enterprises confirmed this was your contract. You did not give the speeches. You have acknowledged this in statements to my agents."

White has also demanded Favre pay $228,000 in interest, otherwise a lawsuit could be filed.

"If he does not pay that [interest] within 30 days of our demand, the AG will be responsible for enforcing the payment of the interest in court," White said on Wednesday.

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Former NFL player Brett Favre got into a war of words with Mississippi's state auditor, who claims Favre still owes the state money. Above, Favre talks about Super Bowl LIV in Miami on January 31, 2020. Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM

Favre is not facing criminal charges, but the leader of the organization that paid him is awaiting trial in one of Mississippi's largest embezzlement cases.

Allegations of misspending of money from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program came to light in early 2020 when the former director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services and five other people were indicted. Among them is Nancy New, who was leader of Mississippi Community Education Center, the organization that paid Favre.

Favre tweeted Friday that the auditor "has never granted a call back or a meeting with me, but has instead only repeatedly run to the media."

"Prioritizing sensational headlines over seeking truth is doing a disservice to the people of our great state who deserve answers and a resolution," Favre wrote.

White responded that Favre was telling "lies."

"I am not going to hide how much you were paid, why you were paid, or conduct back room meetings to make this go away," White tweeted to Favre.

White said in May of 2020 that Favre had repaid $500,000 of the $1.1 million in welfare money. In a Facebook post when he repaid that portion, Favre said his charity had provided millions of dollars to poor children in Mississippi and Wisconsin.

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Retired NFL player Brett Favre repaid state welfare money, but the Mississippi state attorney general could sue Favre if he doesn’t pay interest owed on the amount, the Mississippi auditor said on October 27, 2021. Above, Mississippi State Auditor Shad White speaks during a news conference in Jackson on May 4, 2020. AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File