Stephen A. Smith Rips Brett Favre For Blaming Media Amid Scandal

'You smeared yourself'


October 13, 2022

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith won’t tolerate Brett Favre’s blame-game antics.

On Tuesday, amid the rise of controversy and media attention surrounding Favre, the former NFL quarterback went on a tirade — finger-pointing the media for shinning light on his involvement within the investigated Mississippi welfare scandal in which Favre reportedly diverted funds from low-income families, amounting in multiple millions of dollars.

“I have been unjustly smeared in the media,” Favre said, according to FOX News Digital. “I have done nothing wrong, and it is past time to set the record straight.”

Smith, however, wasn’t buying Favre’s words.

“Well, I appreciate him coming out of the dark,” Smith said during First Take on Thursday. “Because the assumptions that were made were based on reports that had been circulated and disseminated. And his involvement with people who were found to be committing fraud against organizations that involve welfare recipients. We didn’t make it up Brett Favre. This stuff was reported. Where the hell have you been?”

Text messages from 2017, which reportedly were exchanged between Favre and Mississippi nonprofit executive Nancy New — who pleaded guilty to felony counts — suggested that Favre was well-aware of the nature of his role in the embezzlement of the funds.

“If you trynna raise funds to help a public University, what are you concerned about people finding out anything about for?” Smith said. “What are you concerned about that for? … But to accuse the media of smearing you when the reports came out and people that you were involved with, that you were communicating with, that funds were being funneled through. You had a connection to these folks. … To come out now and accuse folks of smearing you. You smeared yourself, at the very least.”

Favre, who last took a NFL field in 2010 with the Minnesota Vikings, isn’t looking great with developments continuously unfolding. Perhaps playing a self-victimizing card to save face isn’t the ideal go-to move at this point.

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