Appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the wife of legendary NFL quarterback Brett Favre, Deanna Favre, presented a rock of strength in the wake of allegations that her husband had engaged in sexual misconduct with New York Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger in 2008.
In her first public appearance since the scandal broke, Deanna Favre was on “Good Morning America” to promote her book, The CURE For The Chronic Life, with co-author Methodist Pastor Shane Stanford. Deanna had agreed to address the issue of her husband’s current problems before appearing, but she gave away nothing, easily deflecting Robin Roberts’ questions.
“Faith has got me through many difficult struggles and it will get me through this one,” she told Roberts.
Deanna Favre has been through the public rumor mill before, standing by her husband when he went through a very public addiction problem earlier in his career. As recounted by “Good Morning America,” he did the same for her when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004.
Roberts wasn’t finished with just one question, however. She asked, “I know your faith is very important, but how are you handling this?”
“I’m handling this through faith, Robin,” Deanna said. “We were talking earlier about a verse that I have on my fridge — Isiah 41:9-13 actually is on my fridge right now. ‘Don’t be afraid: I will uphold you with my victorious right hand’.”
She then neatly turned the conversation to The CURE For The Chronic Life. The book’s title, an acronym for “Compassion, Understanding, Response and Encouragement,” reflects the book’s message of hope, the power of faith, and overcoming obstacles in one’s life.
Like Deanna, co-author Shane Stanford has faced his share of personal and career battles. HIV-positive, the pastor has fought intolerance and ignorance concerning HIV/AIDS in the Christian community, and, like Deanna, promotes a more hopeful life through public works and charity.
Brett Favre met with NFL officials this week and has since deflected questions about the Jenn Sterger pictures scandal as well, just as he did before he met with the officials.
“That’s a league issue,” he told reporters Wednesday. “That I just have to leave at that.”
Allegations surfaced about possible misconduct on the part of Brett in early August on Deadspin.com. Reporting that Brett Favre had allegedly reached out via text, cell phone, and social networking sites, Deadspin followed up the report and allegations by posting another story the first week of October — along with pictures alleged to be of Brett Favre’s penis allegedly sexted to Jenn Sterger while both were part of the New York Jets organization in 2008.
Sterger denies supplying Deadspin with the material for their report. Deadspin claims they got the e-mails, voice mails, and sexted penis pictures from a third party. Brett has, as yet, refused to publicly address the allegations.
Deanna Favre, in keeping faith with her husband, has followed his lead.
“Good Morning America,” ABC Television