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Trump-loving Brett Favre's charity paid $60K to build volleyball court at his daughter's high school: report
On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that a children's charity run by former Green Bay Packers star Brett Favre paid out $60,000 to create a volleyball court at his daughter's high school in 2015 — the latest in a series of financial scandals plaguing the NFL star.
"In January of that year, community newspaper the Lamar Times reported Brett and Deanna Favre advocated for the gym since their daughter Breleigh was a sophomore and avid volleyball player there," reported Kate Briquelet. "'They contacted Mike Rozier, a local builder, and it really grew from there,' the school district’s then-superintendent told the outlet, adding, 'Currently nine teams use the OGHS gym. There is a great need for this facility.'"
"A review of nonprofit tax records reveals that Favre’s foundation, Favre4Hope, sent $60,000 to the booster club of suburban Oak Grove, which is among the state’s highest-rated high schools," said the report. "The donation stood out among his group’s regular beneficiaries which include the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Special Olympics, cancer charity the Pink Ribbon Fund, and Hope Haven, which serves abused and neglected children in Mississippi."
According to the report, Rozier's construction firm later sued the Warriors Club, the beneficiary of the stadium, saying they still owed $328,000, and that Favre had promised Rozier the firm would be paid for their work.
This comes amid another mounting scandal and criminal investigation into $77 million in misappropriated welfare funds from Mississippi — already the poorest state government in the U.S. — which, among many other things, was used to pay for another volleyball facility at Southern Miss, his alma mater and another place his daughter played.
"According to the complaint, Favre also coaxed the nonprofit Mississippi Community Education Center, a subgrantee of DHS that received tens of millions in federal money, to invest $2.1 million in biotech firm Prevacus and a corporate affiliate, of which Favre was a major backer," noted the report. "This center also paid Favre $1.1 million for motivational speeches he never gave. (Favre repaid the state for the fees, though reportedly still owes $228,000 in interest.)"
Favre has not been charged with a crime, and his lawyer denies any wrongdoing. However, text messages between himself and former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant reveal he was at least aware the deals going on were suspect, with Favre saying, "If you were to pay me is there anyway the media can find out where it came from and how much?"
The credibility of Fox News was called into question after former George W. Bush White House press secretary Dana Perino pushed a bogus story about a competitor.
Writing under the headline, "Always be wary of Fox News," Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple wrote about a new poll the newspaper conducted with ABC News.
“I thought it was amazing that ABC News would do this poll, commission a poll, work on the poll, and then not report on the poll,” said Perino. “That was pretty amazing to me that they would bury it that way, because it is super bad news for the president, especially if you are going into a midterm election where things are close in many of the races: You don’t want everyone thinking that they want you to be a lame duck president before you even get through that.”
Wemple noted that ABC News published 16 pages of polling details, an online story when the poll was released on Tuesday, a three-minute segment on ABC News Live, a "prominent mention" on “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, a story on "World News Sunday," and multiple mentions on social media.
Wemple noted he "asked Fox News to cite the basis for Perino’s claim. Fox News declined to issue a statement on the matter."
With the network silent, the media critic offered his analysis.
"A couple of lessons here. One is that you should never, ever accept at face value any claim on Fox News -- except when it comes from the network’s polling operation or election-night desk," he wrote. "Two is that the crisis of trust in American media outlets won’t abate until Fox News’s sleazy commentary abates."
Read the full column.
Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is set to appear before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riots this week.
As reported by The Guardian's Hugo Lowell, Rep. Bennie Thompson (R-MS) confirmed that Thomas is appearing before the committee on a "voluntary basis," although he noted that she will still have to tell the truth, as lying to Congress is a crime even if you have not been compelled to testify via subpoena.
Thomas has come under scrutiny over her efforts to lobby Republican lawmakers in key swing states to throw out certified vote totals from the 2020 presidential election in order to keep former President Donald Trump in power.
In an email sent to Republicans in Arizona, for example, Thomas urged state legislators to "please stand strong in the face of media and political pressure... and then please take action to ensure that a clean slate of Electors is chosen for our state."