REPORT: Brett Favre Is Being Accused Of Withholding Text Messages In Mississippi Welfare Case

Brett Favre remains a defendant in a civi lawsuit seeking to recover misused Mississippi sate welfare funds and the legendary NFL quarterback is now being accused of withholding text messages pertaining to the case.

According to A.J. Perez of Front Office Sports, Mississippi Department of Human Services lawyers claimed Favre has “failed to answer any of this discovery” by not turning over texts. 

“Despite being identified as the sender or recipient on the face of these text messages, Favre objected and claimed he could not verify many of these text messages’ authenticity,” MDHS lawyers wrote in the filing. 

According to the report, Favre allegedly misappropriated $5 million of the state’s federal welfare budget to build a volleyball court at his daughter’s college. Some of the former quarterback’s texts involving the scandal have been made public, but they must first get authenticated before appearing in court.

Former MDHS head John Davis and Nancy New, who led a nonprofit that took Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds for the volleyball center, pleaded guilty to federal and state charges. Favre, who has not been criminally charged, sent New a text thanking her and saying Davis “mentioned 4 million” for the volleyball facility.


Favre also allegedly received $1.1 million of TANF funds for public speeches he never made. He asked New if there was any way the media could discover where he obtained the money in a 2017 message.

Monday’s legal filing claimed Favre turned over no text messages even though the MDHS “specifically requested text messages with other defendants.” He submitted 24 pages of documents.

The Mississippi Supreme Court recently denied Favre’s appeal to get dropped from the civil lawsuit.