Brett Favre faces more allegations

Updated: October 9, 2010, 9:00 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The NFL says it is reviewing allegations involving Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, who the website Deadspin says sent racy messages and photos to a woman who worked for the team while he played for the Jets.

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League spokesman Greg Aiello said Friday, "We are reviewing the matter," when asked about reports that Favre sent voice mails and photos to Jenn Sterger, who did game-day work for the Jets.

The Vikings and Jets play Monday night in New York (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET).

Deadspin reported Thursday that voice mails and photos were sent by "someone she was led to believe was Brett Favre." It said the person contacted Sterger on MySpace.

"Send me a text. Love to see you tonight," one voicemail said.

The voice mails and photos have not been independently confirmed as coming from Favre. Sterger did not lodge a public complaint and did not comment for Deadspin on the story.

In an e-mail to The Associated Press, A.J. Daulerio, Deadspin's editor in chief, declined to reveal the source of the material. He did say the source of the photos contacted him and that Deadspin paid "more than we ever have" for them.

"I was certain about the accuracy of her story, the evidence was presented substantiating that," he said, "and then as things began to unfold, it appeared more and more likely that this happened. Plus, there will be more."

Later Friday, Deadspin reported that Favre also pursued two female massage therapists who worked part-time for the team, according to one of the women. Deadspin did not identify the women, but a Jets spokesman said the team has contact information for the two women and was giving that information to the league. The Jets spokesman requested anonymity because the NFL investigation is ongoing.

The women were two of 17 massage therapists the Jets used during what they called two intensive recovery days in training camp in 2008.

According to Deadspin, one woman exchanged phone numbers with Favre, and the other woman told the website that the quarterback sent "nasty" text messages and invited both women to his hotel room.

Asked about the report Thursday, Favre said: "I'm not getting into that. I've got my hands full with the Jets and am trying to get some timing down with our guys, so that's all I'm going to discuss."

A Jets spokesperson said: "We are working closely with the league in their review of this matter."

Deadspin also reported that Jets director of media relations Jared Winley may have been an intermediary between Favre and Sterger. The team spokesperson told ESPNNewYork.com that the Jets had looked into the matter and found that allegation to be false.

Vikings coach Brad Childress had no comment after Friday's practice. He said he was not aware of either the NFL's investigation or the website's allegations. Bus Cook, the agent for the three-time league MVP, didn't immediately return messages.

The 26-year-old Sterger, now a TV personality for Versus, has a website that describes her as an actress, model, writer and television host.

Sterger's manager, Phil Reese, said she is "not doing any interviews or commenting at this time," but that "Jenn did not provide Deadspin with any information."

If the NFL finds Favre violated its personal conduct policy, he could be fined or even suspended. The league's policy allows it to punish a wide range of behavior, even that which is not illegal.

Commissioner Roger Goodell used the policy to suspend Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for four games after he was accused of, but not charged with, sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman at a Georgia college bar.

Favre, who turns 41 Sunday, and his wife, Deanna, have been married 14 years. He became a grandfather in the spring.

Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Jane McManus and The Associated Press is included in this report.