Back in February, it emerged that NFL star Brett Favre was suing Pat McAfee for defamation.
The announcer is facing a lawsuit alongside Mississippi Auditor Shad White, and NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe. Favre’s lawsuit quoted McAfee as saying “every time his name gets brought up, we have to mention that he tied the hands of the poor people and took money right out of their pockets” and that “Favre is certainly in the middle of stealing from poor people in Mississippi right now.”
Favre had been accused of knowingly stealing $1.1 million in Mississippi welfare funds in exchange for speeches he never made and returning the $1.1 million, but not the $228,000 in interest he made from the payment.
McAfee addressed the legal action on arecent edition of The Pat McAfee Show, saying he had been contacted by “New York Lawyers” who told him to remove all mentions of Favre from his show archives, something he refused to do.
He also admitted that the quotes in the lawsuit were correct, but omitted his use of the important word, “allegedly”, throughout.
Now, there has been movement in the lawsuit, with NBC’s Pro Football Talk reporting that on March 24th, McAfee removed the case from state to federal court.
The report noted it was “it was the only play by McAfee” explaining that it is a way of countering potential bias against him at the state level since Favre is a Mississippi native.
“No Plans” For Pat McAfee To Return To WWE
Away from the legal battle, many have been wondering if McAfee will return to his announcing position in WWE following his surprise appearance behind the announcing desk at the Royal Rumble.
In a recent interview the man who replaced him on SmackDown, Wade Barrett, noted his own position was as “permanent as can ever be in WWE”, casting doubt on McAfee making a comeback.
A report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has appeared to confirm this, saying there are “no plans” for his return.