Brett Favre Seeks To Clear His Name With Massive Lawsuit Against Both Pat McAfee And Shannon Sharpe

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Brett Favre had an illustrious NFL career.

The former Packers, Jets and Vikings gunslinger threw for over 70,000 yards and 500 touchdowns while winning three NFL MVP awards and one Super Bowl.

But there days, Favre is basically persona non grata around NFL circles.

That’s because Favre is currently at the center of an investigation involving misappropriated welfare funds in the state of Mississippi.

And it seems like the investigation gets worse for Favre at every turn. The Southern Miss product isn’t going away. Instead, he’s fighting back.

Not only is Favre fighting the investigation, but he’s also now launched an offensive.

Favre is reportedly suing Fox Sports’ Shannon Sharpe as well as Pat McAfee for defamation in addition to Mississippi state auditor Shad White.

Sharpe was strongly critical of Favre when the news of his case broke

Favre also sued media figures Shannon Sharpe and Pat McAfee, who each have popular national platforms to discuss sports news and analysis, for defamation.

“You got to be a sorry mofo to steal from the lowest of the low,” Sharpe said on his television show “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed” on Sept. 14, the day after Mississippi Today broke a story revealing that when Favre discussed receiving funding from a welfare-funded nonprofit director, he asked if the public would find out.

“Mississippi is the poorest state in our country — its citizens,” Sharpe continued. “So if they’re the poorest state, Brett Favre is taking from the underserved. You made $100 plus million in the NFL. And to talk about, ‘Well, he didn’t know.’ This is what Brett Favre texted: ‘If you were to pay me, is there any way the media can find out where it came from and how much?’ If you’ve got to ask this question, ‘Is there any way the media can find out?’, you already know you’re doing something wrong.” – via Mississippi Today

McAfee, meanwhile, stated that Favre “tied the hands of the poor people and took money from right out of their pockets.”

The report does not state how much Favre is seeking in damages. But given how much he could owe the state of Mississippi, it’s like a pretty hefty sum.