Jenn Sterger: What Might She Say on 'Good Morning America'?

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistApril 11, 2011

Jenn Sterger: What Might She Say on 'Good Morning America'?

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    She's back!

    After disappearing from the spotlight in the wake of of the 2010 Brett Favre sexting scandal, Jenn Sterger will appear on Good Morning America in an interview with George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

    But what will she say?

    And why now?

    Thankfully for you, Bleacher Report has the answers.

    Or at least some educated guesses. To the slides!

What We Know Thus Far

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    Several quotes from the interview have already surfaced. From USA Today:

    "I was approached one day at the beginning of the preseason games, by a man wearing a Jets badge, employee badge, who asked me, 'How would you feel if Brett Favre asked for your phone number?' What would you say?"

What We Know Thus Far, Part Two

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    From USA Today:

    "And I just looked at him, my usual smartass self. And I said, 'I'd say I like my job an awful lot. And I've been told I look remarkably like his wife,'" Sterger said she walked away without giving the man her number and thought "that was the end of it."

    Sadly, that was just the beginning.

What We Know Thus Far, Part Three

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    You know what happened next. The voicemails and pictures would later surface on Deadspin, the NFL would conduct an investigation, Favre would be fined $50,000 for limited cooperation and Sterger would attempt to remove herself from the spotlight.

    From USA Today:

    "I haven't made a dime off anything in this whole situation. Not from the pictures. Not from Favre. I never wanted to sue anyone. That was never an intention of mine," she says.

What We Know Thus Far, Part Four

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    Sterger has largely remained out of the spotlight since the incident.

    From People:

    "You know, I was trying to go to work. Do my job," she says. "But how are you supposed to report on the news when you are the news? It was tough. It was embarrassing. It was humiliating. All I wanted to do was go to work. Do my job. That's all I wanted."

Phil Reese

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    Sterger filed a lawsuit in March against her former manager, Phil Reese, after he apparently tried to use materials from the scandal as fodder for a book.

    This will likely be addressed, taking the tone of "Look how people have been dragging my name through the dirt to make a buck."


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    Which brings us to A.J. Daulerio and Deadspin, who ran the story back in August.

    For the full recap of how the story came to be released, click the link, but the short version goes as follows:

    Sterger and Daulerio got on the topic of athletes releasing photos of their genitalia; Sterger told Daulerio that Brett Favre had sent her pictures of his genitalia; Sterger e-mailed Daulerio telling him to keep her name out of the story; Daulerio basically told her he had enough to go on with or without her being on the record, including e-mails shared between the two; Sterger, via e-mail, said she would go on the record, though the two never met and Daulerio ran the story.

Deadspin, Part Two

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    I imagine Sterger will address Deadspin, likely saying things along the lines of "I really wish he wouldn't have done this," and "I told him I didn't want to be a part of this, but he went ahead anyway."

    Oh, and "I shouldn't have talked to him about it. It was dumb on my part, I should have known this would become a story."

    Things you don't tell the editor of Deadspin?

    Well, number one on that list would be "An athlete sexted me his junk."

    I'd guess the conversation will then turn to a conversation about journalism ethics, and Sterger will talk about how she is an example of people's lives being adversely affected by stories such as this one.

Female Reporters

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    At this point, my guess is that the conversation will turn to female reporters who have been a part of controversies in the past, like Ines Sainz or Erin Andrews.

    Sterger addressed this before, in a radio interview on WQAM in Miami with Sid Rosenberg in September, after the Sainz incident.

    On Sainz:

    "There's plenty of pictures of her out there at football games, at basketball games, and she's not exactly appropriately dressed. And this is coming from someone like me. Look, I don't play any games…I know my past and I know my role. I'm very aware of what's been in my wardrobe in past years. At the same time, I'm 27 now and fighting gravity... I've realized that if I want to be taken seriously in the business that I'm choosing to pursue, I've got to dress a certain way, I've got to look a certain way. That's why I had my implants removed last year. That's why I've really kind of taken a more conservative turn in how I dress... Let's put it this way, not all jeans and white T-shirts are created equal."

Female Reporters, Part Two

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    From that same interview:

    "Regarding this whole thing, with men and women working side-by-side in certain fields, there's always going to be a weird tension...If you're going to be in a man's world, you've got to understand, one, your role, and understand that as much as we like to say things are equal nowadays, they really aren't. As far as women have come, we are still not there yet...I'm just as likely to get written up by HR as the guys are. But I understand that it's part of being a part of the boy's club. You understand what you sign up for in the beginning."

The Future

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    Ultimately, Sterger knows that if she wants to continue her career in media, she is going to have to address the Favre incident.

    My guess is that Sterger purposefully stayed away from the cameras long enough to give off the impression that she hasn't tried to benefit from the situation, but not so long that people have forgotten about her.

    And so, in a sympathetic environment—which I imagine the Good Morning America interview will be—Sterger will talk about how she simply wants the opportunity to do her job again without being known as the woman who Brett Favre sexted.

    And frankly, I think she deserves that much.