Jimmy Traina of Sports Illustrated debunked a fake quote spreading across social media Tuesday, showing Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre criticizing singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. The original post can be seen below.
Traina wrote Tuesday afternoon that while he doesn’t like “defending Brett Favre” he “(despises) what Twitter has become in terms of the anarchy and ease with which fake news gets spread.”
BREAKING FOX NEWS: Welare theif Brett Farve on the NFL Network blasted Taylor Swift…”She’s obviously using Travis Kelce for publicity. It’s a money grab that’s not going to end well. Eventually the Cheifs are going to lose & it will be her fault. She’s bad for football.” pic.twitter.com/i4xGkpu3KL
— Staff Sergeant Johnson (@PatMaguire10) January 15, 2024
He then noted that political journalist Brian Krassenstein’s Favre-Swift post was retweeted to his timeline on Tuesday morning, leading to his investigation. “When I saw the tweet, I immediately thought something was fishy because no reasonable human being would think Taylor Swift needs publicity or money”.
“But this was apparently coming from Brett Favre, so I said to myself “Who knows, you better do some digging,” Traina wrote.
“The person who tweeted it, Brian Krassenstein has 800,000 followers, so I figured maybe this could be legit, but didn’t reveal where Favre said this, didn’t cite a source and didn’t let anyone know where he got this quote.”
Brett Favre on BILLIONAIRE, record-breaking musician with half a BILLION followers online, Taylor Swift:
“She’s obviously using Travis Kelce for publicity. It’s a money grab that’s not going to end well.”
Is this dude insane? Unhappy people are typically outraged when happy… pic.twitter.com/lbHxiHy8To
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) January 16, 2024
Traina added that his “digging” led him to a tweet from a social media profile that says in their bio “Raw & Unfiltered Parody Account,” confirming that Krassenstein was fooled. The Sports Illustrated scribe adds “The fact that so many people would believe the quote tells you all you need to know about Favre.
And he did himself no favors by telling TMZ last week that if the Chiefs don’t win the Super Bowl, fans will blame Swift.”
Swift’s months-long romance with Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce has captivated the nation for much of the 2023 NFL season.
Favre, meanwhile, is still in the midst of his Mississippi welfare funds scandal that began to unfold in 2022. It’s been called the biggest welfare fraud case in the state’s history. He was allegedly involved in a scheme where $7M in public welfare funds were supposedly redirected to two pet projects for the 54-year-old.