Brett Favre scandal buzz has consumed the quarterback. The Brett Favre scandal is not only damaging him off the field, it isn’t helping his vast difficulties on the field either. He was already off to a terrible start before Deadspin posted his alleged racy messages and nude photos. After Deadspin went to work, it served as yet another distraction, which has put the Vikings in an even bigger hole. This latest comeback is bottoming out for No. 4, as the scandal may be the ultimate consequence of his inability to walk away.
These alleged indiscretions happened in 2008, in Favre’s first comeback with the Jets. Since his stint in New York ended badly, he couldn’t retire after that, so he went to Minnesota for a better ending. He got it for most of 2009, until his final interception in the NFC title game.
But perhaps the Brett Favre scandal might never have emerged if he retired for good this summer. There has been suspicious timing in both cases where Deadspin spread these rumors. When they first broke in early August, it came as Favre’s latest indecision was reaching a climax. Since he was back in the headlines again, Deadspin’s editor decided to capitalize right away, before getting Jenn Sterger’s permission.
The rush to post Favre-related dirt while he was in the headlines for his indecision got this ordeal started. But it was largely ignored, until he got himself back in the headlines again for his return to New York. Since he was about to play the Jets in a heavily hyped Monday night game, it served as perfect timing for Deadspin to go deeper.
Since everyone was already talking about Favre in early August and last week, Deadspin couldn’t resist taking advantage. But perhaps it would have been harder for the Brett Favre scandal to take hold if he had just retired beforehand.
Maybe if he did retire months ago, Deadspin would have still dug up the scandal. Yet the first time they did so, few took them seriously – and if Favre stayed retired afterward, Deadspin might have had less reason to keep digging. They might have done it anyway, but if they did it while he was retired, it might not have gotten this bad.
Perhaps the scandal is a case of the chickens coming home to roost. If he had just retired as a Packer years ago, he would never have joined the Jets and allegedly harassed Sterger to begin with. If he had retired this summer, perhaps the harassment would have stayed secret – and at the least, he wouldn’t have to deal with his current turmoil on the field as well.
Favre had constant chances to leave on the highest of notes, but he didn’t take it. Now the quarterback’s scandal has ensured that if he does leave soon, it will be the furthest from a happy ending.
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