Abby Wambach Cuts Ties With Brett Favre-backed Venture That Received Mississippi Welfare Funds

Abby Wambach, who used to play soccer for the U.S. women’s national team, says she is leaving a project that is linked to Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre and in which he is accused of misusing welfare funds in Mississippi.

Wambach worked with Las Vegas-based Odyssey Health Inc. and Prevacus, which calls itself a “drug development company working on the prevention and treatment of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or concussion.” Both companies are working on a nasal spray called PRV-002 to treat concussions. The Food and Drug Administration has not yet given its approval. Wambach told NBC News that she was about to start “the process to get out of it right away and completely, both financially and otherwise.”

Abby Wambach, who used to play soccer for the U.S. women’s national team, says she is leaving a project that is linked to Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre and in which he is accused of misusing welfare funds in Mississippi.

Wambach worked with Las Vegas-based Odyssey Health Inc. and Prevacus, which calls itself a “drug development company working on the prevention and treatment of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or concussion.”

Both companies are working on a nasal spray called PRV-002 to treat concussions. The Food and Drug Administration has not yet given its approval. Wambach told NBC News that she was about to start “the process to get out of it right away and completely, both financially and otherwise.”

“I really thought this company was being honest about a product that could save the next generation of athletes from the severe effects of concussion injuries that I had to deal with as a professional athlete,” Wambach said in a statement. “I am deeply angry, disappointed, and saddened by what I learned today.” “Despite these shocking events, I will stay true to my goal of making sure that our athletes in every sport get better and fairer treatment.”

Abby Wambach cuts ties Brett venture
Abby Wambach cuts ties Brett venture

Since 2018, Wambach had been working with Prevacus, first as an investor and then as a member of the company’s Sports Advisory Board.

Kurt Warner, who is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Mark Rypien, who won the Super Bowl MVP award, David Ross, who is the manager of the Chicago Cubs, and Steve Mariucci, who was an NFL coach, are also on the board.

Prevacus and Favre have been involved in how welfare money has been spent in Mississippi, which is one of the poorest states in the country. After the company got federal welfare funds, the state sued Prevacus and CEO Jake VanLandingham in May to get $2.1 million back.

Favre, who has been involved with Odyssey since at least February, is listed as Prevacus’s biggest outside investor. In January 2019, he met with VanLandingham and John Davis, who worked at the state’s welfare office at the time. Davis admitted to one count of plotting against the government and one count of cheating the government.

Favre has not been charged with a crime, but text messages between him and the former governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant, show that Favre knew where the money came from when he tried to build a volleyball arena at the University of Southern Mississippi, where his daughter used to play.

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