Brett Favre’s network of allegedly embezzling federal welfare funds just got more complicated

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As if Brett Favre’s blunders by (allegedly) embezzling $5 million in federal welfare from Mississippi to build a new volleyball facility in Southern Miss wasn’t crazy enough, two concussion drug companies he backed and who are also entangled in the scandal exaggerated the known effectiveness of their drugs to raise funds, according to a ESPN report.

Court documents showed that the two companies founded by Jake VanLandingham, Prevacus and PresolMD, allegedly received more than $2.1 million in Mississippi funds intended for welfare families, the report said, while facing legal challenges. financial problems. Meanwhile, VanLandingham has been pressing its investors, including Favre, for more funds. Favré, terribly, declined to comment on ESPN for the story. VanLandingham, however, did. “I had no idea it was welfare money, and I’ve always been an honest person when it comes to research,” he said.

According to the lawsuit, Favre is the first outside investor to Prevacus, after allegedly investing $1 million in the two companies. PresolMD and Prevacus are developing a nasal spray to treat concussions, as well as a cream to prevent or limit their effects. Favre and VanLandingham were not among the six people arrested and loaded in 2020 in connection with the alleged embezzlement. The former Mississippi welfare director has since entered a guilty plea. Farve and VanLandingham are among 38 people and businesses in a civil lawsuit, which seeks the return of more than $20 million earmarked for families in need, according to the report. Favre has previously denied knowing that any funding was diverted from welfare.

As part of VanLandingham and Favre’s efforts to make money for business, they listed Dr. Allen Sills, NFL Chief Medical Officer, and Jeff Miller, NFL Executive Vice President for Innovation in health and safety, such as “other contacts” on a list. from Key Advisory Members and Associates to Prevacus. An NFL spokesperson said the league was contacted by the organization but never provided funding or supported its efforts. The spokesperson also said that neither Miller nor Sills had ever been involved with the business. NCAA chief medical officer Dr. Brian Hainline was also among the “other contacts.” An NCAA spokesperson said in the report that neither Hainline nor the NCAA had any ties to Prevacus or VanLandingham.

Van Landingham said Favre connected it with Sills and Miller and said the company’s marketing material was intended to show that there was contact between Prevacus and PresolMD with the NFL and NCAA, not that the companies were officially working with them. It’s slimy and confusing. It would come across as an endorsement to most, not knowing it wasn’t reciprocated. That’s a trend in court documents obtained by ESPN.

PresolMD and Prevacus are not FDA-approved, but the company’s marketing material said they had relationships with six NFL teams. No proof as to their identity. The document also reportedly said the companies were working on a “partnership with NFL affiliate groups.” Yet when asked by ESPN what that meant, VanLandingham couldn’t recall what it was referring to. He also listed 15 sports figures as key advisers, including ESPN NFL reporter Ed Werder. It was conveniently pointed out in the report that Werder was not employed by the network when the document was published. ESPN reported that the document also included lies about the number of retired NFL players affiliated with the product, if any, and claimed to have the support of the NFL Players Association during clinical trials, which the NFLPA has denied without. Reserve. An NFLPA spokesperson told ESPN, “There is no affiliation with this company or this person” and also said, “If this person represents that they have our support, that is untrue.”

The NFL is still in the midst of the most intense scrutiny of its concussion protocol system since its creation in 2011. Although Tua Tagovailoa and Nyheim Hines, the most high-profile players to recently suffer a concussion, returned to the field after nasty tackles that led to obvious signs of a concussion, the current ability of protocols to keep NFL players safe is still under debate. Still, I’m glad they weren’t foolish enough to buy VanLandingham and Favre’s company, given its alleged exaggerations. Do you know how messed up you have to be to make the NFL look like a beacon of intelligence these days? How Favré and VanLandingham faces no more serious consequences as his actions are beyond comprehension.