The Brett Favre-Jenn Sterger scandal doesn’t seem to be subsiding, especially with rumors of inappropriate photos and voice mails coming from Favre over the past two years. If any of this turns out to be true, it is going to further tarnish the image of Favre, who seemed destined for easy entrance into the Football Hall of Fame when his career ended. That still seems like a sure thing, but more importantly, it could take Favre out of the discussion as to who was the best quarterback of all time. These types of stories aren’t things that people forget, and as more accusations come out, Favre is getting painted in a very bad light.
Deadspin.com reported that someone sent nude frontal pictures to Jenn Sterger under the guise that the person was Brett Favre. Whether those photographs were actually Favre is debatable, because his face is not shown in any of them, but the bad press that has come along with them has been very unavoidable. This followed contacts made to Sterger through MySpace as well as voice mails on her phone that sounded a lot like Favre. At best, this is really only circumstantial evidence that Favre ever contacted her, and it could certainly be someone impersonating him and trying to use his name to their advantage.
All of this correspondence is alleged to have taken place when both Favre and Sterger were working for the New York Jets in 2008. Everyone knows who Brett Favre is, but not everyone knew who Jenn Sterger was before this whole controversy boiled over. Deadspin reported on her back in August when the rumors started floating, and it became a reason that some people said Favre should stay retired. Sterger became a famous fan of the Florida State Seminoles who spun that notoriety into Maxim and Playboy spreads, and eventually into a column for Sports Illustrated. This was before she joined the Jets.
During 2008, Sterger was a sideline reporter for the New York Jets, and that is when the interactions were assumed to have begun. Sterger claimed that Favre made advances which she rejected on the grounds that he was married, and that led into the voice mails, internet messages, and nude photos that came along later. This story isn’t something that is going to go away, no matter how much Favre might want it to, but it comes with the secondary question about whether Favre is being unfairly linked to this. There are two sides to every story, and maybe the possibility exists that someone was just pretending to be Favre in all these instances. It’s an intriguing question that certainly isn’t going away soon.