JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre is repaying more than $1 million in welfare money that he received for speeches where he did not show up.
Mississippi Auditor Shad White said Favre paid $500,000 Wednesday and pledged to repay $600,000 in the next few months.
An audit that White released Monday showed Favre had been paid by a nonprofit group called the Mississippi Community Education Center.
It was using money intended to help needy families.
White says he has seen no indication that Favre knew he was being paid with welfare money.
Favre was paid in 2017 and 2018.
2/4 I have never received monies for obligations I didn’t meet. To reiterate Auditors White’s statement, I was unaware that the money being dispersed was paid for out of funds not intended for that purpose, and because of that I am refunding the full amount back to Mississippi.— Brett Favre (@BrettFavre) May 7, 2020
4/4 It has brought a ton of joy to my life, and I would certainly never do anything to take away from the children I have fought to help! I love Mississippi and I would never knowingly do anything to take away from those that need it most.— Brett Favre (@BrettFavre) May 7, 2020