The world is full of juicy stories, and Pat McAfee speaking his mind about a controversy that landed Brett Favre in hot water got him sued. Now there is a resolution to that legal situation over Brett Favre suing the former NFL punter over speaking his mind.
Green Bay Packers quarterback legend Brett Favre filed a lawsuit against Pat McAfee and Shannon Sharpe over alleged defamatory statements concerning the Mississippi welfare fraud case in regard to Ted DiBiase and his family.
Now, the legal dispute between Brett Favre and Pat McAfee has come to an end, although both parties are using different language to describe how everything shook out in the end.
Pat McAfee faced a lawsuit from Brett Favre, who accused him of making defamatory remarks regarding the Mississippi welfare case fraud. The lawsuit specifically highlighted McAfee referring to Favre as a “thief” who was allegedly “stealing from poor people in Mississippi.”
Those heated comments stemmed from allegations that the NFL Hall of Fame quarterback received $5 million from the welfare fund to finance a volleyball arena at the University of Southern Mississippi, Favre’s alma mater. This is the same scam that Ted DiBiase Jr is seeing time behind bars because of.
Pat McAfee publicly announced that the case against him had been withdrawn, and no payment was made as part everything coming to a close. On the other hand, Brett Favre released a statement stating that the case had been fully settled, without providing specific details regarding any monetary arrangements.
“My statements, expressed in comedic style, were based solely on public information and allegations. As I have previously stated, I respect the hell out of Brett Favre the football player, and his Hall of Fame career on the field, and I have no personal knowledge about any case involving Brett in Mississippi. I am pleased to report that based solely on me again clarifying these points now, with no settlement paid, Bret is withdrawing his suit against me. I would much rather talk about sports than lawsuits. So I’m glad we have all of this behind us. We now move on.”
Brett Favre released his own public statement as he said, ““I’m happy that Pat McAfee and I have settled this litigation. Like Pat said, he was attempting to be funny and not commenting based on any personal knowledge. We’d both much rather talk about football.”
While Favre did return the $1.1 million he received, he did not repay the requested $228,000 in interest. The NFL Hall of Famer claimed he was unaware of the source of the funds he had received.
We previously reported that the lawsuit was moved from state to federal court at the request of Pat McAfee. Since Brett Favre is a resident of Mississippi, where the lawsuit was originally filed, and McAfee is not, McAfee was given the option to move the case to federal court to ensure there was no bias towards the Mississippi native. Although there is no trial date set, it was predicted that the entire process would take quite some time. Now, we know that they wrapped things up in a hurry.
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