Brett Favre has continually denied that he knew he was using money earmarked for the poor people of Mississippi to build his daughter a Volleyball court on his alma mater’s campus.
Even though there is a mountain of evidence that says the contrary, HBO Real Sports dived deeper into the controversy, where they once again tell you that Favre was fully aware of what he was doing. Here is a summarization from Awful Announcing.
HBO’s Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel has addressed a lot of controversial topics over the years, and they’ve often done so well. The latest example of that comes from a segment on their January episode, premiering Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO (and available to stream on HBO Max). This one, helmed by correspondent David Scott and producer Max Gershberg, examines the Brett Favre Mississippi welfare scandal, and does so in an interesting way. There aren’t necessarily a ton of new revelations here for those who have been following the story, but there are still powerful new on-the-record comments, and those may also help illustrate this story to those unaware of it.
There are also some further interesting comments from White around discussion of Favre’s texts on rewarding government and non-profit officials here.
“That looks and sounds a lot like a quid pro quo arrangement to benefit somebody personally, and it’s being financed by taxpayer dollars. There’s this very basic principle that you can’t reward somebody for giving you public funds. So what you see in those text messages is either an ignorance of that very basic principle, or the willingness to just ignore that principle.”
Favre declined to be interviewed by Real Sports. One of his representatives released a statement including “He’s been smeared by the media and did nothing wrong.” And, to date, he has not been criminally charged. But he has repaid $1.1 million over the speeches he didn’t do, and he has been sued by the state for a further $7 million.
Here is a preview clip of the episode where you can watch the entire segment.
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel premiered Tuesday night on HBO at 10 p.m. ET/PT. It is also available to stream on HBO Max.