The Brett Favre scandal continues, but today the Vikings quarterback apologized to teammates. Allegations have arisen that the quarterback sent inappropriate MySpace messages and nude photographs to Jenn Sterger in 2008.
According to ESPN, Favre apologized to his teammates today for being a distraction, and said that he is prepared to play all-out in their Monday Night Football game. The Minnesota Vikings will be playing the New York Jets on Monday, bringing a whole lot of symmetry to the whole scandal that surrounds Favre and these two teams right now. It was with the Jets where Favre is being accused of the inappropriate behavior back in 2008.
As we reported last week, Favre had just become the quarterback of the New York Jets through a free-agency signing when the team also hired Jenn Sterger to be one of their sideline reporters. She has become very popular through several magazine spreads, including Playboy pictures and a Maxim article, and apparently the Jets thought she would make a popular addition to the team. It was then that the allegations of Favre making advances on Sterger began.
The allegations have become strong enough now that the NFL is doing its own investigation into the situation — an investigation that ESPN calls “aggressive.” We have seen things like this lead to negative reactions from the league before, and the recent Ben Roethlisberger situation shows that the NFL is willing to suspend a player if the allegations are strong enough. The league will now have to decide if it was actually Favre making contact with Sterger, or if someone was impersonating the quarterback for months.
None of this is good for the Minnesota Vikings, whether Favre was directly involved in any of it or not. It has served as a huge distraction this past week, and has definitely taken a lot of their attention off of the Monday Night Football game against the New York Jets. It’s not a team that you want to fall asleep against, and the Jets are going to try to take advantage of any opening that the Vikings will give them.
When Randy Moss was traded to the Minnesota Vikings last week, it suddenly made everyone sit up and give these Vikings a new level of respect. Moss could provide Favre with a really good deep-ball threat that could help him spread the field for a nice underneath game. Moss will take focus off the other Vikings receivers, and if he can hook up with Favre continuously, this could be the ticket to getting the Vikings deep into the NFL Playoffs again.