What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
Over two months ago, the blog Deadspin reported on the “Brett Favre sending obscene pictures” story. Even we riffed on this then. Naturally, the ESPN’s of the world punted on this, and I bet Roger Goodell wished he could as well.But the story simply will not go away. Even today, Deadspin updated this story with video (seriously, the “comments” section may be the best collection of “dick” jokes EVER)…
In all honesty, just mentioning Brett Favre’s name moves the needle. This is why SportsCenter drops his name more often than Adrian Peterson drops a football; tagging this post with his name likely doubles readership. Favre is the biggest celebrity is the game, and I’m sure nobody at NFL headquarters wants to face the dilemma for which they seem to be headed. I undertstand the mainstream media has a disdain for us bloggers, but when stories like this break, it usually is by somebody outside of the “mainstream” who is willing to say “screw it, I’m running with this.” Sometimes, they never escape the blogosphere, or sometimes they just get ignored. But when a “McNews” outfit like USA Today runs with a story, it isn’t going to go away.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The NFL said Friday it would review allegations involving the Vikings’ Brett Favre, who the website Deadspin said sent racy messages and photos to a former game hostess while he was the Jets’ quarterback in 2008. The league action comes one day after the site posted a video that included below-the-waist photos, said to be of Favre.
“We are reviewing the matter,” league spokesman Greg Aiello said when asked about reports that a person alleged to be Favre sent voicemails and lewd pictures to Jenn Sterger. Asked to respond to the Deadspin report on Thursday, Favre said: “I’m not getting into that. I’ve got my hands full with the Jets and am trying to get some timing down with our guys, so that’s all I’m going to discuss.”
This is the problem faced by the NFL. The Roethlisberger incident set the precedent in which the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acted swiftly and decisively handing out punishment in a instance where there was determined to be no criminal conduct. Now, you have an issue involving the biggest “box office” draw in the league with some pretty solid evidence of a crime being committed (we checked, it is in fact illegal to send people pictures of your wiener).
Vikings coach Brad Childress had no comment after Friday’s practice. He said he was not aware of either the NFL’s investigation or the website’s allegations. Bus Cook, the agent for the three-time league MVP, didn’t immediately return messages.
I get that not saying anything is the smart move in a situation like this, but not answering calls does make you look like you are dodging something…
Later Friday, Deadspin reported that Favre also pursued two female massage therapists who worked part-time for the team, according to one of the women. Deadspin did not identify the women, but a Jets spokesman said the team has contact information for the two women and was giving that information to the league. The Jets spokesman requested anonymity because the NFL investigation is ongoing.
…Because there just might be more stories coming. It is funny how this works; there’s always the first to break the news, then all of a sudden, they literally start coming out of the wood work, just like what happened to Roethlisberger. Even if the league does nothing, Favre better prepare himself for people digging up every little morsel from his past.
In an e-mail to the Associated Press, A.J. Daulerio, Deadspin’s editor in chief, declined to reveal the source of the material. He did say the source of the photos contacted him and that Deadspin paid “more than we ever have” for them. “I was certain about the accuracy of her story, the evidence was presented substantiating that,” he said, “and then as things began to unfold, it appeared more and more likely that this happened. Plus, there will be more.”
The Jets referred all questions to their public relations firm, Sunshine, Sachs and Associates. “We are working closely with the league in their review of this matter,” said the firm’s spokesman, Jesse Derris. Deadspin also reported that Jets director of media relations Jared Winley may have been an intermediary between Favre and Sterger. But Derris said Winley “played no role in this alleged incident.”
I have to give Favre credit here. Not many guys have a penis so powerful it has two NFL franchises and the Commissioner’s office bracing for heavy weather. Minnesota sports fans are notorious for turning on people at the drop of a hat, and even King Brett I’s Svengali-like hold over all those phlegmatic Sacandinavians isn’t likely to help if this gets ugly. This all happened under the Jets roof; they will be the ones named in the gotta-be-coming flurry of litigation. One sign this is headed for court is Deadspin’s “we can back this stuff up” comment.
Regardless of how the saga of Favre’s trouser-snake winds its ways through either the civil or criminal justice system,the NFL and Roger Goodell have a huge problem on their hands. If they suspend Brett Favre, not only do they take their biggest celebrity off the field, but they run the risk he just quits mid-season, which will be a public relations disaster. If they don’t suspend him, not only do they run the risk of completely devaluing the message they sent with their handling of the Roethlisberger situation, they run the risk of undermining all the efforts they’ve undertaken to attract female fans.
After all, it’s really difficult to make all your teams wear pink in support of breast cancer research while you let your players show their pink in support of sexual harrasment.