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Brett Favre scandal: Hall of Fame QB’s foundation funneled large sums to Southern Miss athletics

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Legendary NFL quarterback and former Miss South star Brett Favre is under fire for the role his charity played in channeling money to the University of Southern Mississippi Athletic Fund from 2018 to 2020, according to tax returns received Athletic as well as ESPN. During this time, Favre was reportedly also trying to raise money for a new volleyball center at the university, where his daughter was a member of the team.

charity Favre, Favre 4 Hope, was formed to support charities helping disadvantaged and disabled children and breast cancer patients, according to the mission statement. However, the charity has made three major donations to the USM Athletic Foundation totaling over $130,000. These amounts were significantly more than the donations made to other organizations.

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Favre 4 Hope donated $60,000 to USM in 2018, $46,817 in 2019, and $26,175 in 2020. The largest donation she made to any other organization during this period was $11,000 for the 2019 Mississippi Special Olympics. The largest donations were made in 2018. and 2020 – amounts of $10,000 for several organizations. Records obtained by ESPN also show that Favre’s daughter’s high school booster club received funds from Favre 4 Hope in the years prior to her enrollment in Miss South.

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Favre 4 Hope’s role is part of a much larger social scandal involving the misappropriation of approximately $77 million, making him largest state corruption case in Mississippi history. Favre sent text messages director of a non-profit organization who expressed concern that his name could become public, reports Mississippi Today.

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Charities like Favre 4 Hope have an ethical obligation to spend funds the way donors intended, Charity Watch CEO Laurie Styron. told ESPN.

John Davis, a former executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, pleaded guilty in September to one count of conspiracy and one count of stealing federally funded programs. Davis worked with four unnamed co-conspirators, two of whom are executive directors of the organizations. CBS News.

“MDHS provided federal funds to two non-profit organizations and then ordered those two non-profit organizations to fraudulently award contracts to various organizations and individuals for social services that were never provided.” – US Department of Justice. says in the release September 22nd.

Favre played quarterback for the Southern Miss from 1987 to 1990. He was drafted 33rd overall by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1991 NFL Draft and traded to the Green Bay Packers the following offseason. Favre played for the Packers from 1992 to 2007, earning three consecutive MVP awards (1995-97) and winning Super Bowl XXXI. He joined the New York Jets in 2008 and ended his career with the Minnesota Vikings in 2009 and 2010. In 2016, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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