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Defamation Lawsuit Between Brett Favre and Shannon Sharpe to Be Reviewed by Federal Appeals Court

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Undisputed" where he accused Favre of unethical conduct related to a Mississippi welfare scandal.

The welfare scandal in question involves the Mississippi Department of Human Services misspending over $77 million from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, with investigations implicating Favre in receiving $1.1 million in speaking fees from a nonprofit organization linked to the misused funds. Despite Favre having repaid the $1.1 million, State Auditor Shad White stated in a court filing that the former quarterback still owes $729,790 due to accrued interest on the initial amount owed.

In response to Sharpe's remarks, U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett ruled that the criticism fell under constitutionally protected speech and constituted "rhetorical hyperbole," thereby dismissing Favre's defamation lawsuit. However, Favre's legal team argued that Sharpe's statements were perceived as factual assertions by listeners and not merely opinionated commentary as claimed by Sharpe's attorneys. Conversely, Sharpe's lawyers defended their client's comments as part of the media discourse on a significant public controversy, emphasizing the figurative nature of the language used during the sports broadcast.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09