NFL Hall of Famer Brett Favre has withdrawn his defamation lawsuit against former NFL player and current podcast host Pat McAfee, the podcast host said Thursday.
In February, Favre filed libel suits against McAfee, Mississippi State Auditor Shad White, and Shannon Sharpe, Fox Sports personality on Favre’s alleged involvement in a $77 million social fraud case in Mississippi.
McAfee announced the launch of its program on Thursday, saying the lawsuit has been withdrawn.
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“As many of you know, Brett Favre sued me for statements I made about him on this show,” McAfee said Thursday. “As I confirmed in my court documents and repeat here, my statements, expressed in a comical style, were based solely on public information and allegations.
“Like I said before, I respect the hell of Brett Favre the footballer, and his Hall of Fame career in the field. And I have no personal knowledge of any case involving Brett in Mississippi.
“I am pleased to report that based solely on my re-clarification of these points now, with no settlement paid, Brett is withdrawing his lawsuit against me.”
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The February complaint against McAfee alleged McAfee says Favre was a “thief” who “robbed the poor of Mississippi”. He was also accused of making similar statements on Twitter.
Favre released a statement on Twitter confirming the dismissal.
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“I’m glad Pat McAfee and I have settled this dispute,” Favre wrote. “As Pat said, he was trying to be funny and not make comments based on personal knowledge. We would both rather talk about football.”
Favre is still embroiled in the Mississippi welfare scandal in which the state is suing 38 people or businesses in a bid to recover $24 million of $77 million in federal welfare, according to a Mississippi Today report. .