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Brett Favre’s Blame Game: Hall of Famer Seeks to Reinstate Lawsuit Against Shannon Sharpe While Fighting Repayment Claims

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Instead of addressing his alleged involvement in a massive welfare fraud case, Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre‘s legal team is petitioning a federal appeals court to reinstate a defamation lawsuit against sports commentator Shannon Sharpe.

This lawsuit initially arose after Sharpe publicly criticized Favre on the Fox Sports talk show “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed,” linking him to one of the largest welfare scandals in Mississippi’s history.

In October 2023, a federal judge dismissed Favre’s defamation lawsuit against Sharpe. The lawsuit centered on comments Sharpe made on the Fox Sports talk show, where he connected Favre to the Mississippi welfare scandal.

Favre claimed Sharpe made “egregiously false” statements about his involvement. Additionally, Favre filed defamation suits against sports commentator and former college kicker Pat McAfee and Shad White, the State Auditor who first revealed Favre’s connection to the alleged fraud scheme. Favre now awaits the decision of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to see if his lawsuit against Sharpe will be reinstated, according to TheAP.  

Shad White, Mississippi State Auditor, says Brett Favre still owes the state nearly $730,000 for his involvement in the welfare scandal. In February, White filed court papers calling for Favre to repay $729,790 in federal welfare funds he allegedly misused for personal projects.

“Favre had no legal right to the possession or control of this $1.1 million,” White’s attorneys wrote in the court filing. While Favre repaid $500,000 in May 2020 and $600,000 in October 2021, he still owes over $700,000 due to interest on the original amount.

“It boggles the mind that Mr. Favre could imagine he is entitled to the equivalent of an interest-free loan of $1.1 million in taxpayer money, especially money intended for the benefit of the poor,” White remarked.

Favre’s legal battle over his alleged involvement in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) welfare scandal has been ongoing for over a year. In 2022, White revealed that $70 million in TANF welfare funds were misallocated to various high-profile individuals and projects, including $8.1 million allegedly tied to Favre. Reports indicate that Favre was paid $1.1 million in federal welfare funds in 2017 and 2018 for motivational speeches he allegedly never gave.

Text messages suggested former Governor Phil Bryant helped channel at least $5 million of the state’s welfare funds into a volleyball stadium project for Favre and the University of Southern Mississippi, where Favre’s daughter plays volleyball. 

Despite being among 40 civil defendants, Favre has consistently denied any wrongdoing, claiming ignorance of the funds’ TANF origins. However, text exchanges undermine this defense.

In one notable message, Favre asked Nancy New—who has pled guilty to state charges of misusing public money—if the media could ever discover the source and amount of his payment. New responded assuringly:

“No, we never had that information publicized.”

In December, Favre was subjected to a nine-hour deposition by state attorneys concerning his involvement in the welfare scandal, though the transcript has not been released to the public. To date, Favre remains uncharged at the state and federal levels.

As Favre awaits the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision on his defamation suit against Sharpe, the broader welfare scandal looms large, raising pressing questions about accountability and justice in one of Mississippi’s most significant financial fraud cases.

 Stephen A. Smith On Relationship with LeBron James: ‘I Don’t Give A Damn’

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*Love him or hate him, Stephen A. Smith has no problem being real about whatever he speaks about. As a result, it’s open season for any NBA player, including the great LeBron James

While he maintains a good relationship with many NBA playmakers, Smith admits his relationship with the Los Angeles Lakers standout can’t be put in that category, according to Fadeawayworld. net.

Yes, LeBron stands tall in other areas, but it’s the game of basketball that Smith focuses on when assessing his biggest issue with the King.

“LeBron, I don’t have the greatest relationship with LeBron James,” the 56-year-old ESPN sports analyst confessed recently on “The OGs Show.” “I don’t give a damn about not having the greatest relationship with LeBron James, but I know he’s great.

“I know he’s a great father, a great family man, a great basketball ambassador, a great role model,” he continued. “I want him to get an ownership stake in the new Las Vegas franchise if the NBA decides to do an expansion franchise. I want all of that. 

Although he is unapologetically critical of James, Smith said he doesn’t take any delight in handing out a thumbs down to James.

“You think I enjoy having to say, ‘Yo bro, you were scared to shoot in the fourth quarter of that Finals series against Dallas.’ I don’t enjoy it,” he stated. “We talk basketball, which is what used to piss me off about LeBron.

“The second you praise him, he’ll soak it all in,” Smith added. “You give him major props for what he accomplished, he’ll soak it all in. The second you criticize him, (it’s), ‘Well, you know, I’m just trying to be there for the kids and just trying to do what’s right for the community.’ And it pissed me off because that was a slick way of taking attention away from the basketball element and making it something other than basketball, which is what we were talking about.”

Smith’s evaluation of James marks the latest in a series of criticisms he’s aimed at the sports icon over the years.

Referencing the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks during Smith’s segment and earlier this year, Fadeawayworld noted how James complained about a lack of talent Miami Heat prevented the team from scoring the 2011 NBA title. 

Needless to say, Smith let the pro ball all-star and his view on the 2011 Heat roster have it, in no uncertain terms.

“LeBron James, that is some straight bulls**t. You’ve gotta be kidding me. I know that you didn’t just say that with the cameras rolling. That’s bullsh*t. Somebody’s gotta say it,” the sports analyst expressed.

“You didn’t lose to the Mavericks because of your roster. You lost because of you. Because you aren’t who you are. The LeBron James who ultimately learned how to become a champion. The LeBron James whose resume elevated and changed forevermore, who showed us he can be a champion and reminded us again by winning back-to-back championships. Who ultimately overcame a 3-1 deficit and beat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. You were not that dude in 2011.”

“That was not about your roster, that was about you. Period,” he went on. “There’s no way around that. The roster didn’t stop you from averaging 25 throughout the season, getting to the Finals, and being up 2-1 in the Finals even when Dirk Nowitzki was scoring. What stopped you was that you were nowhere to be found in the fourth quarter. That’s not something we’ve ever had to say about Michael Jordan and that’s why you’re No. 2 on the Mount Rushmore.”

Stay tuned for future remarks (good, bad, and ugly) on LeBron James from Stephen A.

Former NFL Player and Super Bowl Champion Jacoby Jones Dead at 40

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Jacoby Jones, who scored two touchdowns in Super Bowl XLVII for the Baltimore Ravens, has died at the age of 40, according to statements Sunday from the Ravens, the Houston Texans, and the NFL.

The Texans, where Jones played five NFL seasons, told CNN that Jones’ family informed the team of the news Sunday morning.

No cause of death has been made public.

“We are completely heartbroken to learn about the passing of Jacoby Jones,” the Ravens organization said in a statement. “Jacoby had the unique ability to connect with everyone he encountered. His charisma, joy and love created a one-of-a-kind presence that could light up any room or brighten any dark day.” 

The Texans said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Jacoby Jones. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.”

Jones was a nine-year NFL veteran, playing with the Texans, Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the then San Diego Chargers – now the Los Angeles Chargers.

“The NFL is heartbroken to hear of the passing of Super Bowl champion Jacoby Jones,” the league said in a post on social media. “Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.”

The biggest moments of his professional career came in the 2012 postseason.

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