Favre, who has been married for 16 years, may or may not have left several voicemails and texted pictures of his penis to a former New York Jets' employee during Favre's time with New York back in 2008. Jen Sterger, a model/actress/writer/television personality, was a tv personality for the Jets at the time and was the alleged object of Brett's desire. You can find more detail on this stuff here: www.deadspin.com.
When I first heard about it, I wasn't necessarily stunned. I mean, a professional athlete cheating on his wife? Shocker. The fact that Favre is involved was a little surprisingy, but even though I've been a Favre fan for the most part over the years, I never quite bought into the whole good ol' boy image. Especially with some of the things that some of his former teammates have said about him. Things that would suggest he's more of a garden variety rich, spoiled athlete.
Nevertheless, sex scandels aren't new to sports. As you know, we've been through one or two of them pretty recently here with our franchise quarterback.
But is this latest Favre saga similar to the sex scandel/scandels involving Ben Roethlisberger?
At first, I didn't think so. I mean, after all, a player being accused of rape is a little more serious than infidelity. But I was listening to some sports talk radio last night and some of the callers were pretty angry and asking if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was going to suspend Favre like he did Big Ben. Ben wasn't suspended because he was found guilty of sexual assault or anything at all. He wasn't even charged with a crime. He was suspended for his conduct away from the field.
If these voicemails and text pictures were from Favre, and of Favre's private parts, that could be considered sexual harrassment by some, especially if they were unwanted, but it might be a little hard to prove, just like in the incident with Ben.
However, do you think Goodell will or should act on this? Like I said, an athlete cheating on his wife is nothing new, but the commissioner has come under fire lately for his pretty stiff penalties on some athletes while others seem to get away with nothing for doing similar things. For example, Vince Young wasn't suspended at all for his alleged involvement in a strip club assault earlier this season. Texting sexually explicit pictures could be considered poor conduct, right?
I think Goodell really painted himself in a corner when he suspended Roethlisberger. I know it's been said many times over the past few months, but the guy wasn't even arrested and he missed the first 4 games of the season?
Maybe I'm just viewing things with Black and Gold glasses.
It's going to be interesting to see how Goodell handles this newest NFL scandel or if he even gets involved at all.