The media has on different occasions reported the seemingly unbecoming off-field attitude of many supposedly family-oriented and upstanding professional athletes. And stories of outrageous scandals among athletes are becoming increasingly common in recent times. One of such is the Brett Favre scandal that took the nation and the whole world by storm especially the sports fans.
Favre, a veteran of the NFL and former football quarterback who spent majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers was accused of allegedly sexting and leaving inappropriate voice messages for former Jets game-day hostess Jenn Sterger during the 2008 season.
The sex text allegation was first published by Deadspin.com, a sports website and was later widely spread into the rest of the media – including radio and television stations.
The former Minnesota Vikings quarterback was accused of making unwanted sexual advances to a former Jets employee, Jenn Sterger while he was playing for the New York Jets. However, he was reported to have denied the allegation in an interview with a NY Post reporter saying “I'm not getting into that. I've got my hands full with the Jets.” Moreover, it was also reported that Favre had repeatedly dodged answering journalists' questions relating to the issue.
For instance, in a 12-minute question and answer session posted on the Vikings website, a reporter had asked him: "There's an e-mail report today that accuses you of sending some inappropriate text messages to a female employee of the Jets during your year there. Would you care to respond to those allegations? Favre took a swig of water and said, "No, I'm not getting into that. I've got my hands full with the Jets, and trying to get some timing down with our guys. So that's all I'm going to discuss."
However, Brett Favre scandal took a serious dimension when Deadspin set the record straight by posting the controversial voicemail recordings as well as lewd photos allegedly sent by Favre to Jenn Sterger. The website also posted an image which it claimed was Brett's penis photo.
On October 8, 2010 the NFL management decided to investigate the matter in response to Deadspin's website post. Towards the end of October 2010, Favre was rumored to have admitted to the NFL investigating panel that he indeed left the voicemails on Sterger's phone, but denied sending lewd images to her.
Later around December of the same year, the NFL ruled it had not found Favre violating any of its personal conduct policy but claimed it had only fined him $50,000 for not cooperating with the panel during investigation.
Meanwhile, it has been rumoured in some quarters that Jenn Sterger was simply led by some unknown friends to believe the strange messages she received were from Brett Favre.
Brett Favre scandal however got expanded and more substantiated through other cases such as drug addiction and alcoholism in which this legendary quarterback was reportedly involved. Favre had admitted he was addicted to Vicodin and spent 46 days at a drug rehab clinic before the 1996 season. And subsequent to this, he was temporarily banned by NFL. This appears to lead to his final exit from the game.
Brett Favre scandal is therefore a big lesson to other centre-figure athletes and upcoming stars of our time.