Defendant: Ex-governor ordered payments to NFL's Brett Favre
A defendant in a Mississippi welfare fraud case said in a court document she directed $1.1 million in welfare money to former NFL star Brett Favre at the direction of former Gov. Phil Bryant. Mississippi news outlets report that the accusation, which Bryant denies, is in a filing on behalf of defendant Nancy New, who, with her son, once ran a nonprofit group and an education company in Mississippi.news.yahoo.com
Brett Favre must return $828K in welfare funds to Mississippi or face civil lawsuit, state auditor says
Pro Football Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre is among a group of individuals who must repay $77 million in misspent welfare funds, according to Mississippi’s state auditor. Favre, and his company, Favre Enterprises, owes $828,000 of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) money. State Auditor Shad White characterized the case as “a sprawling conspiracy” when it first came to light in 2020. Favre accepted $1.1 million for speaking engagements for Families First For Mississippi, but never spoke in front of the foundation. “I’m grateful that DHS’s Director Bob Anderson has worked with the Attorney General’s Office to hire an attorney to recover these funds,” White said in a statement.mlive.com
Highlights from Peyton and Eli’s ‘Manning Cast’ of the Lions-Packers Monday Night Football game
The Detroit Lions-Green Bay Packers meeting on Monday Night Football received some special coverage in the form of ESPN’s “Manning Cast,” with Peyton and Eli Manning talking over the action. After going into the break with a surprising lead, Detroit lost 35-17 to the Packers, getting blanked in the second half. Despite the lackluster showing down the stretch, Peyton Manning likes what he sees foundationally speaking with Dan Campbell, Brad Holmes, Jared Goff and company. Manning focused mainly on the changes in terminology, crediting the Lions for giving Goff some input in that department. Jared gets traded to a team he knows nothing about -- it’s a punch to the gut,” Manning said.mlive.com
Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre says kids shouldn’t play tackle football until they’re 14
One of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history is warning parents not to let their children play tackle football until they are at least 14 years old. In a public service announcement released Tuesday, Brett Favre appears to talk about the potential damage that can be done to developing brains when kids play tackle football. The ad was released by the Concussion Legacy Foundation and features a young child discussing football with his parents. The child warns that allowing kids to play at such a young age means that by the time they are a senior in high school, they could have been playing football for 13 years. Favre retired holding a handful of NFL records including the streak for most consecutive games played.mlive.com
Packers planning for long-term future that includes Rodgers
Gutekunst and coach Matt LaFleur say they expect Aaron Rodgers to remain their teams starting quarterback in 2021 and beyond. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst and coach Matt LaFleur say they expect Aaron Rodgers to remain their team’s starting quarterback in 2021 and beyond. The subject came up again when Rodgers discussed his future after the NFC championship game. Absolutely he will be here for a long time.”LaFleur also said Monday he is promoting Maurice Drayton, who worked as assistant special teams coach this past season, to take over as special teams coach. The Packers announced Friday that special teams coach Shawn Mennenga was fired and that Mike Pettine wouldn’t return as defensive coordinator.
Sinclair Broadcasting ends Eric Bolling's weekly show
FILE - Former Fox News host Eric Bolling speaks during a one year anniversary event for the first lady's Be Best initiative in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 7, 2019, in Washington. The Sinclair Broadcast Group says it is ending its "America This Week" show with Bolling. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)NEW YORK – The Sinclair Broadcast Group says it is ending its “America This Week” show with Eric Bolling, which has been criticized for misstatements about the coronavirus pandemic. A Sinclair spokesman had no immediate comment on whether the coronavirus episodes had anything to do with the show's end. Bolling tweeted on Tuesday that he had applied to the White House Correspondents Association for a pass to attend White House briefings by the Biden administration.
Ted Thompson, 68, GM when Packers won last Super Bowl, dies
Thompson was Packers general manager from 2005-17 and drafted many notable players on the current roster, including two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer, File)GREEN BAY, Wis. – Ted Thompson, whose 13-year run as Green Bay Packers general manager included their 2010 Super Bowl championship season, has died. Mike Sherman had been working as Packers coach and general manager up to that point. “Certainly he’s a guy who’s held in the highest regard in this building and, I think, just around the league,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said. Gutekunst, who had been working with Thompson as player personnel director, was promoted to general manager and remains in that position.
Colts QB Rivers, 39, retires from NFL after 17 seasons
“Every year, Jan. 20 is a special and emotional day,” Rivers said in a statement posted on the team’s website. “It is St. Sebastian’s Feast day, the day I played in the AFC championship without an ACL, and now the day that after 17 seasons, I’m announcing my retirement from the National Football League. I am grateful to the Chargers for 16 seasons, and the Colts for the 17th season.”Rivers was one of a kind. In the 2006 season opener, Rivers made his starting debut — and then the next 251 in a row including the playoffs. “My son never did throw a big ball like I did at that age and he throws it the exact same way,” Rivers said.
3 title game quarterbacks have similar draft history
The Packers then made Rodgers the starter in 2008 and have made the playoffs 10 times since then with one Super Bowl title. TOM TERRIFIC: Tom Brady can join some illustrious company with a win this week for another Super Bowl appearance. Brady will appear in his staggering 14th conference title game in 19 seasons as a starter when Tampa Bay visits Green Bay on Sunday. MIGHTY MATT: Packers coach Matt LaFleur is back in the NFC title game for the second time in two seasons as an NFL coach. All those coaches reached at least one Super Bowl in those years with the exception of Ryan, who lost to Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.
Chiefs advance to 3rd straight AFC title game at home
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)The AFC title game is returning to a familiar place in Kansas City. The question all week will be whether Patrick Mahomes will be able to play quarterback for the Chiefs. Coach Andy Reid’s gutsy call helped make sure the Chiefs would become the first team to host the AFC championship game for the third straight year. New Orleans (13-4) is hosting Tampa Bay (12-5) later Sunday for the right to visit Green Bay in the NFC title game next week. The win sends Rodgers to his fifth NFC title game as starting quarterback and the first at home since taking over from Brett Favre in 2008.
Brady-led Bucs top Lions 47-7 to end 13-year playoff drought
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Detroit. The Bucs (10-5) set a franchise record with 588 yards and snapped the NFL’s second-longest postseason drought behind Cleveland’s 18-year run that can end Sunday. RECORD WATCHBrady has thrown a franchise-record 36 touchdowns and set a personal record with 348 yards passing by halftime. Tampa Bay set team records in points (34) and yards (410) in the first half. Lions: Stafford left the game with an ankle injury after he was 2 of 3 for 17 yards on his only possession.
Matthew Stafford, Frank Ragnow could still play for Lions despite missing full practice week
“I mean, he’s better. When the play broke down, Stafford tucked and ran through the teeth of the defense. He’s still in pain, but is prepared to play through it as long as he can function. But a lot of these things are, how can you manage the pain and play and function with it? That’s really been the focus this week.”Joe Dahl is expected to get the start at center if Ragnow can’t go.mlive.com
Lions’ Darrell Bevell on hunting for cougars with Brett Favre, and other Wisconsin tales
ALLEN PARK -- Perhaps you’ve already heard the story about how Darrell Bevell got his NFL break working with Brett Favre. But have you heard the story about Darrell Bevell hunting for cougars with Brett Favre? Bevell is well known across the lake for his work as Favre’s quarterbacks coach, and as Wisconsin’s quarterback before that. Walking down the street, if somebody’s wearing a Wisconsin hat, you know, ‘On Wisconsin,’ because I had such a great experience there. “You’re probably going to think it’s easy to say, but absolutely I did (think that),” Bevell said.mlive.com
How Brett Favre helped shape Darrell Bevell’s strategy to coaching the Lions out of their funk
ALLEN PARK -- Matt Patricia liked to say he was on a mission to eliminate bad football. In fact, it goes all the way back to his first NFL stop: Working with Brett Favre in Green Bay. Meanwhile, that Brett Favre guy was doing some pretty good things about two hours up the road from Madison too. Lions interim head coach Darrell Bevell, pictured at right, poses with former Packers quarterback Brett Favre in the '90s. “I think he’s a very brilliant, offensive-minded coach,” Favre said on SiriusXM.mlive.com
Voting, activism replace practice, games in US sports world
“But I don’t have to agree with it.”And that’s absolutely fine, said Ish Smith, the Wizards guard who signed Pittman’s cap. “When I played, players and coaches were never — maybe not never; rarely — asked about politics and voting,” Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. It’s an environment that led Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal, Tennessee Titans linebacker Will Compton, NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace and others to proudly note they were voting for the first time. And led WNBA players Tamika Catchings and Chiney Ogwumike to sign up to be poll workers. And led Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul to join nearly 2,500 people on a march to a voting site in North Carolina.
Wolverines in the NFL: Defensive linemen shine in Week 2
Week 2 of the NFL season was full of notable performances from former Michigan players, especially defensive linemen. 10 overall pick played every defensive snap in Sunday’s 26-21 win over the Denver Broncos and recorded seven tackles and one pass breakup. The rookie fifth-round pick played eight offensive snaps Sunday for the 2-0 Packers. Chargers OT Michael SchofieldThe 2014 third-round pick started in Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs. Steelers DT Chris WormleyThe 2017 third-round pick recorded his first tackle with the Steelers in Sunday’s win over the Broncos.mlive.com
Brett Favre attends Buccaneers game wearing a Tom Brady shirt
Tom Brady didn’t have any fans in attendance to watch his Tampa Bay Buccaneers home debut on Sunday, but he did have support from a Hall of Famer. Longtime Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre was allowed entrance to Raymond James Stadium and watched Tampa Bay down the Carolina Panthers 31-17 while sporting a t-shirt with Tom Brady’s face as the Buccaneers' logo. “I think the last person you want to call out after the first game of the year is Tom Brady,” Favre said Tuesday. “Now, maybe they had a mutual truce going into the game, going into the season, ‘Hey, I’m going to be hard on you. “I love Brett,” Brady said after the game.mlive.com
Brady says little about Arians' criticism of QB's play
TAMPA, Fla. – Tom Brady had little to say Thursday in response to coach Bruce Arians’ critical assessment of the quarterback’s play during the six-time Super Bowl champion’s debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “He’s a coach. It’s just what he and I think,” Arians said. ... There’s nothing to talk about.”Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich played for Arians in Pittsburgh, when the coach was the offensive coordinator and Leftwich was a backup to Ben Roethlisberger. Me and Tom didn’t really talk about it, so obviously I don’t think it was an issue,” Leftwich said.
Rodgers says Packers' decision to draft Love surprised him
FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2019, file photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers speaks during a news conference following an NFL football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers in Kansas City, Mo. Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre predicted on The Rich Eisen Show earlier this month that Rodgers would finish his career somewhere other than Green Bay. When asked whether the Packers draft choices might motivate Rodgers, LaFleur said the veteran quarterback doesnt need any extra incentive. Favre was 35 when the Packers drafted Rodgers. The difference is that Favre openly pondered retirement at the time the Packers drafted Rodgers, and Rodgers has talked about how he wants to play several more years.
Brett Favre To Repay $1.1 M
(AP) Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre is repaying $1.1 million in welfare money that he received for multiple speeches where he did not show up, the Mississippi state auditor said Wednesday. Auditor Shad White said his office received $500,000 from Favre on Wednesday, plus a commitment that Favre will repay the other $600,000 in installments over the next few months. The audit was released months after a former Human Services director and five other people were indicted on state charges of embezzling about $4 million. John Davis was director of the Department of Human Services from January 2016 until July 2019, appointed by then-Gov. AP left a phone message Wednesday at Mississippi Community Education Centers Jackson office with questions about the payments to Favre.detroit.cbslocal.com
Brett Favre Receives Payments Earmarked For Mississippi Welfare System
Details about payments to Favre are included in an audit of the Mississippi Department of Human Services. The audit was released months after a former Human Services director and five other people were indicted on state charges of embezzling about $4 million. John Davis was director of the Department of Human Services from January 2016 until July 2019, appointed by then-Gov. White said the Department of Human Services should take the vehicles because they were bought with public money. The audit said the Mississippi Center for Community Education spent $1.3 million to a group called Victory Sports Foundation to conduct three 12-week fitness boot camps.detroit.cbslocal.com
Audit finds Mississippi misspent millions in federal anti-poverty funds
(Reuters) - Nearly $100 million in federal anti-poverty funds for Mississippi were misspent to enrich local officials, along with a family of professional wrestlers and a firm owned by Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre, the state auditor has alleged. You see a pretty grotesque example of misspending of taxpayer dollars, White told reporters at a news conference, when the audit was released on Monday. White said it was possible people and entities contracted and paid with the federal funds may not have known they were legally earmarked for anti-poverty work. The audit shows that two non-profits - the Mississippi Community Education Center and the Family Resource Center of North Mississippi - were the recipients of most of the $94 million it alleges was misspent. Money was also spent on religious concerts and for donations to organizations not tied to anti-poverty work, including the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the American Heart Association and various beauty pageants.feeds.reuters.com