According to ESPN, the NFL has said it will review the matter of the cell phone pictures allegedly sent to then New York Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger by then Jets quarterback Brett Favre. The story made headlines Thursday when Deadspin published a video wherein they included pictures of MySpace postings, audio from voice mails, and three pictures of a man’s penis — all of which were allegedly transmitted by Favre. The allegations and video were an update on a report made in August by Deadspin that Sterger had been allegedly actively pursued by Brett Favre.
When Favre was asked by a New York Post reporter during a press conference Thursday about the online allegations, Favre refused to talk about it. “I’m not going to get into that,” he said. ” I have my hands full with the Jets.”
In a manner of speaking, he certainly has — both past and present. His team, the Minnesota Vikings, play the New York Jets, on Monday night. And the entire Jenn Sterger scandal revolves around the time when Brett Favre played as a Jets quarterback and she was a Gang Green sideline reporter. Deadspin reported that, while reporting on the Super Bowl in Miami in February, a conversation arose about the “‘athlete dong photo’ phenomenon” that had spread throughout the NFL in the previous season. It was then that Sterger mentioned that she had been the focus of Brett Favre’s attention, up to and including voice mails and pictures of his penis.
But A. J. Daulerio, editor-in-cheif at Deadspin, said that Jenn Sterger had not wanted to get involved in an expose of the legendary quarterback. She had not provided any proof of her allegations at the time.
Daulerio, according to the New York Daily News, maintains that Sterger did not provide the penis pictures, e-mails, postings, or voice mails that were used in the posted video, either. He says that the former Jets employee would not comment on the matter.
“She doesn’t want to be seen as Rachel Uchitel,” Daulerio said, referring to the woman commonly referred to as MIstress #1 in the Tiger Woods mistress scandal, “even though she didn’t do anything wrong. It would be interesting to get her take on it.”
And that might be what the NFL will attempt to do in the near future.
The scandal, however, might involve more than just Brett Favre, if he is involved at all, and Jenn Sterger. Besides the anonymous supplier of the video material to Deadspin, one of the communications supposedly sent by Favre told Sterger that she could get his (Favre’s) cell phone number from the Jets media relations manager, Jared Winley.
“This is something that supposedly took place two years ago,” Jesse Derris, spokesman for the Jets, said. “The first the team heard of it was on Deadspin.”
What the NFL will reportedly have to work with are some cached e-mails and/or MySpace postings, some text messages, at least three pictures taken of a man’s naked penis from the waist down purportedly sexted from a cell phone with a Mississippi phone number origin, and voice mails of a male voice attempting to talk the listener (supposedly Jenn Sterger) into meeting and/or going out. All of these materials are allegedly from one source — Favre.
It is unclear if there is more scandalous material or anything more condemning. It is also unclear what the NFL will ultimately do if the situation turns unfavorable for Favre.
Favre has been married for 14 years to Deanna Tynes. This season marks his 20th season in the NFL.