Favre looks to revive defamation suit vs. Sharpe

Favre looks to revive defamation suit vs. Sharpe

Jul 10, 2024 by ESPN

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    • ESPN News Services Jul 9, 2024, 11:54 AM ET REACTIONS NEW ORLEANS -- Lawyers for retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre asked a federal appeals court Tuesday to revive a defamation lawsuit Favre filed against a fellow Pro Football Hall of Fame member, former tight end Shannon Sharpe, amid the backdrop of a Mississippi welfare scandal that is one of the state's largest public corruption cases.
  • Sharpe said during a September 2022 broadcast of the Fox Sports show "Skip and Shannon: Undisputed" that Favre was "taking from the underserved," that he "stole money from people that really needed that money" and that someone would have to be a sorry person "to steal from the lowest of the low."
  • Mississippi State Auditor Shad White has said that from 2016 to 2019, the Mississippi Department of Human Services misspent more than $77 million from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program -- funds intended to help some of the poorest people in the U.S.
  • "Here, no reasonable person listening to the Broadcast would think that Favre actually went into the homes of poor people and took their money -- that he committed the crime of theft/larceny against any particular poor person in Mississippi," Starrett wrote.

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