What more is there to say about #4?
The only thing that quarterback Brett Favre has ever said about the allegations against him regarding Jenn Sterger and two massage therapists to become public came from his long time teammate and friend Ryan Logwell.
Longwell revealed before last Monday Night’s game against the Jets that Favre addressed the issue with teammates and apologized for causing a distraction. To date, that is his only real acknowledgement of the scandal to become public, and at the time he wasn’t happy that it became public at all.
“That is between me and my teammates. Apparently not all of them,” is how Favre responded to post game questions regarding Longwell’s revelation that Favre apologized to the team and even cried while doing so.
I remember watching the live press conference at the time and feeling especially awkward because I knew that he and Longwell have a long history, both on the field and off.
I was curious at the time what Longwell’s motives were for making Favre’s apology known to the public. Was it an attempt to show the softer side of Brett? Was it him just not realizing he should shut up? Was he trying to help?
After all, Longwell had a front row seat for how quickly it can all get out of hand. He lived in the same neighborhood as Tiger Woods and his family when that whole scandal unfolded. At one point, Longwell’s wife was even mistaken for Tiger’s wife (way to go, kicker) by the paparazzi.
At the time, Longwell expressed great concern for the Woods family.
“You just pray for his family,” Longwell said. “You pray for his wife and kids. Just pray that if what’s coming out is true that he can learn from it and move on.”
Perhaps that is what Longwell wants to see in this situation, the ability to learn and quickly move on.
It seems, however, that this story has at least a few more motions to go through before it dies. News broke Wednesday that Jenn Sterger has hired a lawyer to help her decide how to proceed and that the NFL has asked the editor of Deadspin to cooperate with the investigation.
It is uncertain how these events will affect the matter in the long run, and while many of writers will attempt to speculate what is coming next, I am going to refrain from doing so.
I’ve noticed a variety of reactions to this story. Some people think this is strictly a personal matter, which should be discussed only within the confines of the Favre household. Some people suggest that sexual harassment is indeed a big deal and that Favre has allegedly committed a crime and the media would not be doing their job if they didn’t discuss the issue at hand. Some people fall in between.
I’ll be honest with everyone out there on where I stand. On just about any blog, opinions are going to become obvious eventually anyways.
I think Favre is innocent until proven otherwise, but that the absence of any denial is awfully curious. After all, the media has been Brett’s best friend for the better part of two decades and has been one of his main tools in becoming as famous and rich as he has today. To make the conscious choice to abandon all previous strategies of using the media to sell himself suggests to me that there is no way in which Favre feels he can sell himself as the good guy int his situation, guilty or otherwise.
I also think football related publications, while sometimes crossing over into unnecessary tabloid-mode, have every reason to follow this story the same as any story that might involve a hefty fine or lengthy suspension of a high profile player.
Since I am a blogger that has never claimed to have any journalistic integrity, I have considered abandoning this story outright until a punishment is handed down or the situation is otherwise settled.
On the other hand, some might view that as some sort of favoritism towards Favre if, of course, they didn’t realize that I have never and will never like him or the fact that he decided to wear a purple jersey.
So, use the below poll, and of course the comments section to let me know how you feel. Should I cover it? Should others? Where should writers, journalists, and bloggers draw the line?
In the end, all Vikings fan should want is to move on like Longwell said, and watch the team win a Super Bowl.