Brett Favre's Legacy Dinged Again After More New York Jets Allegations
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It wasn't supposed to end this way for Brett Favre.
The man who owns every relevant passing record in the NFL. The man who started nearly 300 consecutive regular season games. The man who, love him or hate him, you had to watch because he was always capable of producing a "wow!" moment.
Except now he comes off as just a dirty old man. The man who shamelessly hit on just about every woman around him. The man who (allegedly) couldn't help but share more of himself than anyone ever wanted.
The latest incident comes in the form of a lawsuit filed by a pair of massage therapists who claim that their complaints about sexually suggestive text messages from the former Jets quarterback led them to be fired from their part-time jobs with the organization.
This comes just days after Favre was fined $50,000 by the NFL for failing to cooperate with their investigation into allegations made by former Jets' sideline reporter Jenn Sterger that Favre sent inappropriate texts and photos.
Combine that with Favre's poor play and frequent injury issues in 2010 and it kinda makes you reminisce back to Brett's "retirements."
Brett Favre is a Hall-of-Famer. His numbers speak for themselves. What is also speaking for itself is the pattern of behavior that seems to be emerging as he quietly withdraws from the game. It could be the one stain that he has trouble erasing.
How much will the allegations against Brett Favre affect how you remember him?
Every time Favre has encountered a public relations speed bump, his play and the enthusiasm that broadcasters mention ad infinitum have helped cover up any negative press. But this time, there aren't likely to be any more big touchdown passes. No more two-minute drives to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Instead, we're left with the image of a broken down quarterback who hung on one year too long, taking hits on and off the field.
Not to be left out, though is the role of the New York Jets. In the past year, the organization has come off more like Delta Tau Chi than a member of the National Football League.
From the Ines Sainz allegations to the issues with Favre, Sterger and the massage therapists, Gang Green's reputed behavior toward women has revived the juvenile boys club stereotype that the league has worked hard to refute.
All of which means Roger Goodell can't bury his head in the sand and hopes the problem goes away with Favre. After taking criticism for letting Favre off with just a fine instead of a suspension, these latest allegations have to be a compound headache for the commish.
With his emphasis on personal conduct and responsibility, the commissioner will eventually have to make an example of someone to prove that the NFL won't stand for this sort of behavior.
Meanwhile, the final chapter has yet to be written in the legacy of Brett Favre. But judging by what we've seen in the past couple of months, it's far from storybook.
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