Jenn Sterger and Brett Favre: What Is the Truth?

Susan ShanCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 28:  Co-founder of PR/PR Phil Reese (C), model Jenn Sterger (L) and Ryan Grant (R) #25 of the Green Bay Packers attend the PR/PR launch party at Red Bull Space on April 28, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for PR/PR)
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I have avoided the Jenn Sterger-Brett Favre controversy for a long time. After writing enough material on the girl, I went into reclusion on the topic.

But it’s time I leave the Sterger-free zone. The Sterger-Favre topic is hot enough that most of the major news organizations have discussed it, including ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s TODAY Show and CNN.

The NFL is investigating whether Favre violated the league’s personal conduct policy. ESPN’s NFL Nation Blog has a good description of the policy. Essentially, everyone associated with the NFL is required to avoid “conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the National Football League.”

One specific description caught my eye: “Conduct that undermines or puts at risk the integrity and reputation of the NFL, NFL clubs, or NFL players.” What Favre allegedly did with the pictures would fall under this category.

Very few people know what really went on with Favre and Sterger. If the allegations are true, were the pictures harassment or part of a mutual flirtation? And why hasn’t Sterger come forward?


Harassment or Mutual Flirtation?

Let’s consider first whether Sterger was uncomfortable, constituting a sexual harassment case. According to Deadspin’s original article, Sterger thought “if she went forward with how aggressive he was and how skeeved out she was to some of her superiors, she suspected she might lose her job.”

However, unlike a typical harassment case, Deadspin’s A.J. Daulerio wrote: “Soon after Jenn told me this story, she balked about releasing the photos or voicemails she still had on her computer. They were still on her computer because they were fun to laugh at amongst friends, but she never planned to sell them or use them to bolster her profile.”

Fun to laugh at? That hardly sounds like something a victim would say. Sterger clearly thought the situation was a big joke...

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