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Texts: Gov. Reeves Talked to Brett Favre About Using State Funds For Volleyball Facilities

Brett Favre sought Gov. Tate Reeves’ help to get state funds to pay for volleyball facilities that the former NFL star had vowed to personally fund at his alma mater, according to text messages the Mississippi Free Press obtained through a public-records request to the governor’s office.

In 2017, before Reeves was governor, the Mississippi Department of Human Services directed $5 million in Temporary Assistance For Needy Families welfare funds to build a volleyball facility at the University of Southern Mississippi, Favre’s alma mater. His daughter, Breleigh Favre, was starting a volleyball career at USM that year. But even after getting help from MDHS officials, the celebrity athlete still owed the university at least $1.6 million for the project upon its completion in January 2020.

On Jan. 26, 2020, Favre sent a text to former Gov. Phil Bryant, who had just left the job weeks earlier, asking if he could “think of anyone or any other way of getting funding for the remainder of Vball.” Bryant revealed those text messages in September court filings as part of a civil case over misspent TANF funds.

In the messages, Bryant told Favre that the state auditor was still conducting an investigation “into spending at the Department of Human Services” and that he may need to “visit” Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and Reeves, then the new governor, to seek funding from the Legislature. 

“I just sent Tate a message,” Favre told him.

11:49 AM: >BF: He bud we set to talk today at 2 Todd said >TR: ?? > >2:01 PM: >BF: You free >TR: Yes sir >BF: Ok > >3:55 PM >BF: Failed to mention but there will be state programs using the facility like seminars,teen rallies,obesity campaigns etc…. >BF: Again thanks I know you have many requests > >2022-01-28, 7:15 AM >And name it after Govrnor Bryant” width=”500″ height=”1008″ srcset=”https://hattiesburgpatriot.com/files/2022/12/texts-gov-reeves-talked-to-brett-favre-about-using-state-funds-for-volleyball-facilities.webp 508w, https://www.mississippifreepress.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/2020-01-27-Brett-Favre-Text-to-Tate-Reeves-1-149×300.jpg 149w, https://www.mississippifreepress.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/2020-01-27-Brett-Favre-Text-to-Tate-Reeves-1.jpg 600w” sizes=”(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px”>The text messages that Gov. Reeves’ office sent in response to this publication’s public-records request for texts between him and Favre, however, do not include any texts on Jan. 26, 2020; the first

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