An Mississippi Today investigative report Former MCCP Governor Phil Bryant has helped former NFL quarterback Brett Favre find a philanthropic fund to help build a new volleyball center at the University of Southern Mississippi, he said Tuesday.

The news organization He reviewed text messages filed Monday in a Mississippi state civil lawsuit over misappropriation of charitable funds in 2017 and 2019. The documents were provided by a lawyer representing Nancy New, who has already pleaded guilty to 13 felony counts of bribery, fraud and her role in the charity scheme. Addis was the founder of the Mississippi Center for Community Education, which was tasked with channeling tens of millions in federal welfare funds to help the state.

State auditors have determined that nonprofit leaders misappropriated at least $77 million in charitable funds in the largest public fraud case in Mississippi history.

The documents show Favre, New and Bryant discussing how to divert at least $5 million in charitable funds to build a Favre volleyball stadium in Southern Miss. They have been sent.

“If you pay me, can I know where the media came from and how much?” Favre asked for a new one in 2017.

After telling Favre, “This information will never be made public,” she got back at him the next day.

“Wow, we just got off the phone with Phil Bryant! He’s on board with us! We’re gonna do this!” Addis said to Favre.

In another text sent in July 2019, Bryant told New that he was done dating Favre and asked her if they could help him with the project.

Favre’s attorney, Bud Holmes, denied to Mississippi Today that he knew the former quarterback had received back-to-back charity money.

“Brett Favre was honored by all of this,” Holmes told the news organization.

Favre said he has not discussed the 2020 volleyball stadium project with Bryant.

In the year In a statement to Mississippi Today, Bryant, who left office in January 2020, has long denied direct philanthropic funding for the stadium project, calling New York’s defense team “more concerned with early publicity than they are.” with civil justice.”

Mississippi Today reports that the volleyball stadium is not part of the state’s civil suit. Favre and Bryant have not been charged with a crime.

Last year, Favre paid back Mississippi State $600,000, money that was paid for a speech he never received. Favre was sent to promote state anti-poverty initiatives in 2017 and 2018, receiving $1.1 million. The state auditor’s office said it had returned $500,000 of the money, but Favre was asked in a letter earlier this month to pay back the balance plus interest.

Then in May, the Mississippi Department of Human Services filed a civil suit against Favre for failing to repay $228,000 in interest on $1.1 million.

The $1.1 million settlement with the state was another form of funding for the volleyball stadium project, according to text messages obtained by Mississippi Today.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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