HATESBURG, MS – Defending his decision to funnel millions of government funds into a sports center at the University of Southern Mississippi, Brett Favre told reporters Thursday that he had already used welfare money to build a homeless volleyball shelter. “Unfortunately, the media is accusing me of stealing money from the poor, when in fact, I have been using that money to build volleyball fields to help some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged sports equipment in our state,” the former NFL quarterback said, adding that the 20-year-old sports complex Its $5 million cost has been specifically designed to give Mississippi volleyballs a safe environment where they can rest, find a support system, and one day, with hard work, maybe make it to the Olympics. “As a proud citizen of Mississippi, I promise that all of these welfare funds will be appropriately used to provide nets and pitches for the poorest volleyballs in the nation’s poorest state. Many of these less fortunate volleyballs have lived hard lives as they have been bumped into and made to submit. Today, With the help of these chests, perhaps the flying balls can heal.” At press time, Favre criticized the release of text messages between him and former Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, claiming that a volleyball at the Welfare Office assured him that everything was on top of the board.