The Jets said in a court document that the two massage therapists who say the team blacklisted them for objecting to Brett Favre’s texts are overplaying their ties to the team according to the Associated Press.
Team officials say Shannon O’Toole and Christina Scavo worked for the team on a combined total of five days over two years.
The team wasn’t told about the women’s concerns and simply took its massage business elsewhere when its training facility moved in 2008, Jets officials, lawyers and another massage therapist say in court filings.
“The relationship [with the team] they seek to portray could not be further from the truth,” Jets lawyer Gary H. Glaser wrote in response to a lawsuit filed by the massage therapists. A court date is set for next week.
Days after the NFL announced a fine for Favre for not cooperating with investigators in the Jenn Sterger texting allegations, Scavo and O’Toole sued him, the team and Lisa Ripi, another massage therapist who worked with the Jets and had recruited O’Toole.
During the 2008 preseason, Favre sent a fourth, unidentified massage therapist a text message asking to get together with her and Scavo and saying, “I guess I have bad intentions,” according to the lawsuit, filed in a Manhattan state court.
After Scavo’s husband asked Favre to back off and apologize, she and O’Toole got no more work with the team, the lawsuit says. They’d made a combined total of $2,300 from the Jets, according to the team’s court filings.
The Jets say they never guaranteed ongoing work to any massage therapists. The team started bringing them in occasionally in 2007, making their services available free to all players on preseason “Recovery Days” and at other points to players whose performance “earned” them a massage, athletic training director John Mellody said in court filings.