Greetings from the Frozen Tundra, friends.
Brett Favre is back in the news again—and for probably only the second time in his life, he does not want to be in the spotlight.
Yes, friends, Jenn Sterger is back...and this time she's talking.
A brief history lesson for people who need to catch up: Brett Favre was one of the most beloved Green Bay Packers in the history of the franchise. During Favre's reign in Green Bay, he led the Packers to two Super Bowls, with one win and one loss. He struggled with injuries and continued to play despite the injuries, much to the joy of his fans.
He struggled with addiction, faced many losses (both personally and professionally) and stood beside his wife when she was diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer.
Then, Favre jumped ship. Whether you say that Favre was kicked out of his job in Green Bay or he willingly "retired," the most important fact is that he went to play for the New York Jets.
Even if you were not a football fan, Favre's fame transcended football to the point that his ongoing shenanigans, meaning is he or isn't he retired, were on the evening news. Eighty-year-old grandmothers who had never watched a football game in their lives knew who Brett Favre was and what was going on.
During his time with the Jets, he met a beautiful young lady, Ms. Jenn Sterger, who was an employee of the New York Jets. Regardless of the fact that he is married to a beautiful woman, who is also the mother of his children, Favre allegedly decided to pursue Ms. Sterger in probably the most unromantic way possible: via text message. Allegedly with photos. Allegedly with photos of his penis.
Wow, talk about making a girl feel special! Kind of makes you wonder what gift he would give for anniversaries and baby showers, doesn't it?
The following year, Favre decided to retire, but then he decided that he had a few good years of football left in him. He returned, much to the horror of Packers fans, to the dreaded Minnesota Vikings. Favre officially twisted the proverbial knife into the back of Packers fans with that move. A division in the fanbase occurred, and Favre went on to have one of the best years of his playing career in 2009.
2010, however, was a completely different story. News of his wooing of Ms. Sterger broke, and Favre's legacy will now include a punch line about cell phones. He suffered injuries that he could not play through. Football announcers, who up until this point made it seem like Brett Favre was the second coming, began to call for his retirement. On top of all that, the dome at the Metrodome collapsed, which led one of my friends to say, "This is further proof that even God hates the Vikings."
Regardless of the NFL investigation and fine, we are now back to square one. Ms. Jenn Sterger has given an interview to ABC's Good Morning America, one in which she will say that she has never made a dime from this incident and that she only wants to have her life back, according to ABC News.
I've written in the past about the legal involvements of NFL players, including Brandon Underwood of the Green Bay Packers. Underwood pleaded no contest to one count of prostitution non-marital sexual intercourse in a Sauk County (Wisconsin) Circuit Court in March 2011 from an incident stemming from June 2010. The two women involved in this incident stated that they were sexually assaulted, while Underwood stated it was consensual.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the two women who reported the allegations were charged with prostitution, and the two women "may have accused Underwood of a sexual assault for a chance at notoriety or future financial gain" (Walker, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel online, March 28, 2011). While Brandon Underwood was convicted, his involvement in this story should be a precautionary tale to all players that sometimes women do not have the best intentions when it comes to football players.
Mr. Underwood, you have been vindicated. You admitted your involvement, paid your fine and can move on. The women in this case? Well, you got your names in the papers, my dears. How's that working out for you?
The question is this: If Ms. Sterger wants to have her life back, why is she speaking out now? Why, months after this news broke, does she now want to tell her side of the story? And why should we, as fans, care? Is it because she has been demonized in the press? Or is it because she hasn't been in the spotlight?
I guess we'll just have to watch the interview and see.
"Two charged with prostitution in Underwood case." Don Walker, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel online, March 28, 2011.