It is not yet known whether Favre faces legal consequences for his role in the misuse of public funds. But his relationship with him has brought significant public scrutiny — the kind of scrutiny Favre has faced before. A decade ago, Jets game day host Jane Sturger accused Favre of sending her obscene and harassing messages while he was the team’s quarterback. (The NFL said it could not confirm it sent the photos to Sterger, but fined him $50,000 for failing to cooperate with the investigation.)
Sage Rosenfels, a former NFL quarterback and Favre’s teammate on the Minnesota Vikings, called him out on Twitter, writing, “Since retiring, I’ve been lucky to avoid stealing millions of dollars from the poorest people in my state.” Rich Desrosier, chief communications officer for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, said he fielded about a dozen phone calls from fans about Favre, all of whom asked to be removed from the hall, where he was inducted in 2016. No doubt this angered many fans.
Desrosiers told each caller that Favre has yet to be charged with any crime and that the Hall’s bylaws, as currently written, do not allow for a person to be removed after being elected. No one was excluded, including George Preston Marshall, the former owner of the Washington NFL team. OJ Simpson, who was found guilty in a civil court for the murder of his ex-wife and her friend; and Lawrence Taylor, who pleaded guilty in 2011 to two misdemeanor sex offenses for soliciting a minor.
Regardless of the standard setting of Favre’s football breakthrough, there’s a number perhaps even more impressive than his streak of 321 starts: $8 million meant for the poor, allegedly spurred by the government. Despite earning more than $140 million during his NFL career, his personal interests.
He did so in part by laying the groundwork he promised to help underserved Mississippians. One of the organizations listed as a charity partner of Favre 4 Hope is Hope Haven, which serves children who are victims of sexual abuse and physical harm in Mississippi. Hope Haven Executive Director John James said the center will receive a $10,000 grant from the Favre Foundation at the end of the year. Hope Haven said he hopes the donation will continue despite the recent headlines as it will help meet the needs of the community.