SiriusXM and ESPN suspend Brett Favre programming as welfare scandal intensifies

Sports September 26, 2022 Sports
SiriusXM and ESPN suspend Brett Favre programming as welfare scandal intensifies

From CBS News by Khristopher J. Brooks

Two of Brett Favre's weekly shows have reportedly been suspended due to the former quarterback's alleged entanglement in a welfare fraud case unfolding in Mississippi.

ESPN paused "The Brett Favre Show" podcast last week, NBC Sports reported, and SiriusXM did the same for Favre's weekly radio show, The Athletic tweeted Sunday. ESPN and SiriusXM didn't immediately respond to requests for comment Monday.

The suspensions come months after Favre was mentioned in an audit of Mississippi's state budget. An auditor found state officials redirected more than $70 million in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families welfare funds last year to Favre and other individuals instead of giving the money to low-income families. State officials, more specifically, used a nonprofit organization to funnel $1.1 million to Favre as a stipend to perform speeches that he never gave, Mississippi auditor Shad White found.

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