Book author Favre encourages people not to read ‘Gunslinger’

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) — The author of a book about former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre is now telling people not to read it.

Jeff Pearlman wrote the New York Times bestseller “Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre.”

Pearlman made his comments after text messages were released showing Favre’s involvement in a scheme to pour millions in Mississippi state social funds to help fund a volleyball facility at his alma mater, the University of Southern Mississippi.

It was part of the largest public fraud case in Mississippi history. Auditors found leaders of nonprofit organizations spent about $77 million to help those in need, Mississippi Today reports.

“On the day of the extended Favre revelations, I want to share something: I wrote a biography of the man that was largely dazzling. Football heroism, overcoming obstacles, practical prankster, etc. Yes, that included his rudeness, his addictions, his treatment of women. But it was pretty positive,” Pearlman tweeted. And, looking at it now, if I’m being brutally honest, I’d advise people not to read it. He’s a villain. He doesn’t deserve the icon treatment He doesn’t deserve the acclaim. Image rehab. Warm stories of grid fame. His treatment of @jennifersterger was… inexcusable.

“And now to take money meant to help the poor in HIS STATE and funnel it into building (checks notes) AN F—G VOLLEYBALL ARENA (!?!?!?) is so grotesque, so monstrous. I don’t know how someone like that looks in the mirror, I just don’t.

“So, honestly, don’t buy the book, don’t take it out of the library. Leave him. There are so many better people worthy of your hours of reading. Of your time. I prefer crumbs like Brett Favre dragging himself into the abyss, shamed by greed and selfishness.

Text messages were released this week as part of a civil lawsuit over the Mississippi welfare scandal. The posts show that former Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant was involved in efforts to help Favre fund the volleyball facility. Favre’s daughter played volleyball at the University of Southern Mississippi.

CLICK HERE for Mississippi Today’s in-depth coverage of Favre’s texts.

Nancy New, the executive director of the nonprofit Mississippi Community Education Center that was responsible for paying out millions of federal welfare money, was found guilty of 13 counts in connection with that stratagem. She is now helping prosecutors as part of a plea deal. New says Bryant asked him to pay Favre $1.1 million to fund the volleyball project. Court records show the nonprofit made two welfare payments to Favre Enterprises for $500,000 in December 2017 and $600,000 in June 2018.

New’s son, Zach, also entered into a plea deal, saying he participated in a scheme “to disguise the USM construction project as a ‘lease’ to circumvent the strict ban on the limited-purpose grant against ‘brick-and-mortar’ construction projects in violation of Miss. Code Ann. 97-7-10.” Mississippi Today reports that federal regulations prohibit states from using welfare money for families in need for the construction of buildings.

Former Mississippi Department of Social Services Welfare Agency Director John Davis is facing trial in connection with the scheme.

Neither Bryant nor Favre have been charged.

On August 3, 2017, Favre sent New the following: “If you were to pay me, is there a way for the media to find out where it came from and how much?

New said, “No, we never had that information made public. However, I understand that you are uncomfortable about this. Let’s see what happens on Monday with the conversation with some people from Southern. Maybe it will click with them. With a bit of luck.”

Favre: “Okay, thank you.”

On August 4, 2017, New texted Favre, “Wow, I just hung up on Phil Bryant! He’s on board with us! We are going to do it !”

Favre: “Awesome, I needed to hear that for sure.”

Favre’s attorney denied that his client knew the money came from the welfare fund.

Former Gov. Phil Bryant helped Brett Favre secure welfare funding for USM volleyball stadium, texts reveal

Grover Z. Barnes