JACKSON, Miss. — A nonprofit group caught up in an embezzlement scheme in Mississippi used federal welfare cash to pay former NFL quarterback Brett Favre $1.1 million for a number of talking engagements however Favre didn’t present up for the occasions, the state auditor mentioned Monday.
Particulars about funds to Favre are included in an audit of the Mississippi Division of Human Providers. State Auditor Shad White mentioned his staff recognized $94 million in questionable spending by the company, together with funds for sports activities actions with no clear connection to serving to needy individuals in one of many poorest states of the U.S.
The audit was launched months after a former Human Providers director and 5 different individuals have been indicted on state prices of embezzling about $Four million. They’ve pleaded not responsible and are awaiting trial in what White has known as one among Mississippi’s largest public corruption instances in a long time.
Funds to Favre have been made by Mississippi Neighborhood Training Heart, a bunch that had contracts with the Division of Human Providers to spend cash by way of the Momentary Help for Needy Households program. The audit says Favre Enterprises was paid $500,000 in December 2017 and $600,000 in June 2018, and he was purported to make speeches for not less than three occasions. The auditor’s report says that “upon a cursory evaluation of these dates, auditors have been capable of decide that the person contracted didn’t communicate nor was he current for these occasions.”
Favre, who lives in Mississippi, faces no prison prices. The audit report lists the funds to him as “questioned” prices, which White mentioned means “auditors both noticed clear misspending or couldn’t confirm the cash had been lawfully spent.”
Jets conform to cope with RB Gore
NEW YORK — Operating again Frank Gore has agreed to phrases on a one-year contract with the New York Jets, agent Drew Rosenhaus introduced. Gore, who turns 37 subsequent Thursday, will be part of a Jets backfield that additionally contains Le’Veon Bell and fourth-round draft choose La’Mical Perine. Gore is third on the NFL’s profession dashing record with 15,269 yards.
Jaguars signal ex-Bears go rusher Lynch
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Veteran go rusher Aaron Lynch signed a one-year contract with Jacksonville on Tuesday, giving the Jaguars extra depth in case disgruntled defender Yannick Ngakoue decides to skip a part of the season.
Lynch performed 16 video games for Chicago final yr, totaling six tackles, two sacks and two passes defensed. Earlier than his two seasons with the Bears, Lynch spent 4 years in San Francisco (2014-17).
Jets place 2 on PUP record, waive Four others
NEW YORK — Quincy Enunwa’s enjoying profession with the New York Jets is probably going over after he and fellow broad receiver Josh Bellamy have been positioned on the reserve/bodily unable to carry out record. The strikes Tuesday successfully finish every of the participant’s seasons with the Jets, 4 months earlier than the opener is scheduled.
The group additionally introduced it waived cornerback Kyron Brown, broad receiver Keon Hatcher, working again Jalin Moore and defensive finish Charles Tapper.
Former Cubs exec Saltwell dies at 96
CHICAGO — Eldred “Salty” Saltwell, who labored in quite a lot of roles together with common supervisor and vice chairman over 30 years with the Chicago Cubs, has died, the group mentioned Tuesday. He was 96. The Cubs mentioned his dying Sunday was not associated to the novel coronavirus.
Saltwell arrived in Chicago in 1958 and served as concession supervisor, touring secretary, assistant secretary, assistant treasurer, secretary, common supervisor, vice chairman and marketing consultant. He changed John Holland as GM following the 1975 season and lasted one yr in that function, drawing criticism for buying and selling shortstop Don Kessinger and first baseman Andre Thornton because the Cubs completed fourth within the NL East.
Saltwell labored as an usher, coach, play-by-play announcer, touring secretary and enterprise supervisor for Sioux Metropolis of the Western League from 1947-54. He additionally labored within the Cubs’ group in Des Moines earlier than arriving in Chicago.
Common MLB salaries stay regular
NEW YORK — Main League Baseball’s common wage forward of a postponed opening day remained at round $4.Four million for the fifth straight season, in line with a research of contracts by The Related Press. Following an offseason when Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon and Christian Yelich all agreed to $200 million-plus offers, the flattened wage curve is proof of a shrinking portion of the pie for baseball’s center class. The stagnant stretch is unprecedented because the free-agent period dawned in 1976.
Sports activities Illustrated venturing into TV, motion pictures
LOS ANGELES — Sports activities Illustrated is branching out into motion pictures and tv. Genuine Media Manufacturers and 101 Studios introduced on Tuesday that they’ll launch Sports activities Illustrated Studios as a part of a three way partnership between the 2 firms. The studio’s first challenge shall be a docu-series entitled “Covers.” It should discover the tales behind the journal’s most memorable covers and what went into creating them.
Tennis our bodies increase $6M for virus aid fund
Greater than $6 million has been raised by the governing our bodies of tennis for a aid fund aimed toward serving to 800 gamers cope with the monetary results of the coronavirus pandemic.
The WTA and ATP excursions, the Worldwide Tennis Federation and the teams that run the 4 Grand Slam tournaments introduced Tuesday that they’ve fashioned the “Participant Aid Programme.”
Spanish membership apologizes for permitting Djokovic coaching session amid restrictions
MADRID — The tennis membership the place Novak Djokovic broke confinement guidelines in Spain mentioned Tuesday it mistakenly allowed the top-ranked Serb to apply and apologized for the error. Djokovic revealed a video of him coaching on Monday in obvious violation of Spain’s present guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic. The video posted on Instagram confirmed Djokovic exchanging photographs with one other man on the membership within the coastal metropolis of Marbella.