Sterger finally meets with NFL

After more than a week of complete silence — and several weeks of deliberation — former in-house Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger has met with the NFL in connection with its investigation of Vikings quarterback Brett Favre into voice messages and photos he allegedly sent Sterger in 2008, when he played for the Jets.

Dan Mangan of the New York Post reports that the meeting occurred on Thursday.

Sterger met for several hours with Milt Ahlerich, the league’s top security official.  Another investigator attended the meeting, as did Sterger’s lawyer, Joseph Conway, and her manager, Phil Reese.

“We can confirm that a meeting took place with the NFL today and we cooperated fully by providing them with substantial materials in our possession,” Reese said.  “We now await the NFL’s decision.”

That last line from Reese is a little odd, frankly.  Why does he or Sterger care about the “NFL’s decision”?  She did nothing to complain about the situation.  Instead, a case of loose lips landed the situation on Deadspin.com.  After someone supplied the photos and audio, Sterger’s people (in our view) spent weeks trying to get Favre to offer a settlement — and buy Sterger’s silence — without having to demand payment for the same.

Though Mangan speculates that the meeting “greatly ratchets up the chances that Favre will [be] disciplined by the league,” we’re not so sure about that.  Among other things, Sterger will have had to explain away the information that her former friend, Alison Torres, shared with the league.

Torres contends that Favre and Sterger regularly exchanged text messages, and Torres has strongly suggested that Sterger collects photos like the ones Favre allegedly sent her.

“She could make millions if she ever cashed in on all the naked photos she gets from friends,” Torres told Steppin’ Out magazine last month.

Mangan co-authored an item for the Post regarding Torres’ comments, which tend to undermine Sterger’s claims.  Amazingly, Mangan’s item regarding the meeting says nothing at all about the things Torres said.

We don’t know how this will all play out.  But how can Mangan suggest that Sterger’s cooperation “greatly ratchets up” the prospects of discipline without at least mentioning his own article from last month?

41 responses to “Sterger finally meets with NFL

  1. It is rather obvious. By making that statement, her attorney thinks that he can pressure Favre to offer some sort of settlement.

    My opinion, if Favre was stupid enough to make some sort of offer, it would be used against him as an effort to buy silence.

    Further, she has yet to prove that any text/calls/photo’s or whatever was unwanted, therefore she has no case, the NFL has no case, and this is nothing but an attempt to tarnish Favre and what he has accomplished. He does enough on his own to tarnish his own legacy, he doesn’t need her help.

  2. I could easily see Jenn telling the NFL that it is no big deal, followed by the NFL official looking at the sex texts and agreeing, it is literally no big deal.

    Still, if proven, one NFL employee (BrINT “Small Pecker” Favre) sent an unsolicated pix of his junk to another NFL employee. That is not allowed in my work place or just about anyplace else (unless you work for Hustler Magazine, then it might be considered within the norm of the workplace)

    I could also easily see the Vikings making the arguement that the workplace rules don’t apply in Minnesota, it seemed to work for the Willam sisters when they broke the law so why not try that defense again?

  3. Even as a Packer fan this story is getting old.
    The only thing this story does for me…is hoping it makes Brett throw a couple more picks when they play the Pack.

  4. Mr Florio, I believe your Favre bias is showing. Given the fines and suspensions that have been levied on players this year I would find it hard to imagine that a player sending pics of his junk to a young female employee wouldn’t get at least a game or two suspension.

  5. Her again? Please.

    @j4a1 …

    Stop drinking the vanilla extract. Florio didn’t write this article. And this woman was a nude centerfold model for Playboy and Maxim, not (sigh) an innocent young female employee. She just reportedly just had her implants removed because she said they’d served their purpose in her career … which says everything about what kind of career she was hoping to build and how she built it. And Shirley Temple here told friends she kept the photos two years for laughs. Yeah, sounds like seeing shots of a man’s privates has been really traumatic for her.

    Favre admits chatting her up, but not to sending the, um, “junk” photos. And I’m still at a loss as to how she would prove it’s his “junk.” Sorry to be prudish but if women don’t want exorbitant attention from men, they should probably keep their clothes on in public.

    Yes, Emperor Goodell, will you please end this nonsense so we never have to hear about this woman again?

  6. Do you know what they talked about in the meeting itself?? You can’t say she can’t prove that the texts were unwanted. She may be the victim…hello, its like court, if she is the victim then the NFL has to decide if she is telling the truth and what they will do about it. I will go as far as to say whatever she gave them it is probably enough to suspend FArve, which will happen next week before the Packer game…

  7. Sure hope the NFL asked why she was shaking down other players for money, etc. during the past couple of weeks. Am sure those pics were sooo “harassing” (note sarcasm). She probably laughed and sent pictures/texts back and forth with them too.

  8. Deb says: “Favre admits chatting her up, but not to sending the, um, “junk” photos. And I’m still at a loss as to how she would prove it’s his “junk.”’
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    Favre admits the voicemails were his. Deadspin reported that the voicemails and pictures came from the same phone number. If she has both the voicemails and pictures that she can hand over showing that this is true, it seems like a pretty cut-and-dry case.

  9. “That last line from Reese is a little odd, frankly. Why does he or Sterger care about the “NFL’s decision”?”

    Because either it will end or it will continue. Regardless she will figure prominently in the decision most likely and what the decision is will predicate what the defenders of lord favre (like you) will say about Sterger though you’ve done your best to trash her.

    “And I’m still at a loss as to how she would prove it’s his “junk.””

    Whether its his or not is immaterial, it would be quite easy to prove they came from his phone. You know cell phone now a days have caller and messenger ID right? If it comes from his phone its just as bad.

  10. your 15 minutes of fame are just about over, jen. the commish will never suspend his most popular (at least ratings-wise) player, especially with marquee games left on minn schedule (chi, gb, nyg). maybe double-secret probation, or a hefty fine. you just let too much time go by since it happened. you should head on over to Deadspin and collect– they got the biggest benefit out of this whole mess. oh, that’s right– you didn’t give any of it to them. forgot.

  11. As a willing participent, in what can only be described as “texting” between two consenting adults, her meeting with the NFL can ONLY result in simply further embarrassment for BF, it certainly wont result in discipline as there can’t possibly be sexual harassment here( as she participated freely) and I don’t see a benefit to her monetarily.
    I have to assume she’s already tried to extort some cash from Favre, to no avail, and by her own actions, she’s made a pretty good case of NO sexual harassment against the Jets as there was no damages.

  12. WOW, took forever to be able to post…. almost forgot what iwas gonna say.

    MIKE , your the laywer so whats your oppinion about this case ?
    “Though Mangan speculates that the meeting “greatly ratchets up the chances that Favre will [be] disciplined by the league,” we’re not so sure about that. Among other things, Sterger will have had to explain away the information that her former friend, Alison Torres, shared with the league.

    Torres contends that Favre and Sterger regularly exchanged text messages, and Torres has strongly suggested that Sterger collects photos like the ones Favre allegedly sent her.

    “She could make millions if she ever cashed in on all the naked photos she gets from friends,” Torres told Steppin’ Out magazine last month.

    LOOKS LIKE A SIMPLE CASE OF EXTORCTION to me .
    another lady pointed out

    Favre admits chatting her up, but not to sending the, um, “junk” photos. And I’m still at a loss as to how she would prove it’s his “junk.” Sorry to be prudish but if women don’t want exorbitant attention from men, they should probably keep their clothes on in public.

    Yes, Emperor Goodell, will you please end this nonsense so we never have to hear about this woman again?

    your oppinion MIKE ” THE LAWYER “

  13. Rip on Sterger for she truly deserves it. But remember, she wouldn’t have anything to try and cash in on if it wasn’t for faver.

  14. So much for Favre paying her off or the other idiotic theories made by this site.

    yawn, this story is so over with. Wrangler commercials are back on the air btw.

  15. @zaggs …

    Let me be more specific: I don’t care if the photos are of Favre anymore than I care that it’s Favre on the voicemails. This woman kept these materials for two years. She told people she kept them “for laughs” and had no intention of pursuing any type of complaint. The fact that she admits keeping them “for laughs” is an etched-in-stone admission that she did not consider this attention sexual harassment at the time it occurred when they were both Jets employees.

    Sexual harassment victims–and I’ve known quite a few–are women who have been threatened, coerced, intimidated, ridiculed, or otherwise forced to work in an environment that’s been made hostile solely because of their gender. They are women who have suffered and who need their jobs to put foot on the table. They are not giggly gals who keep evidence “for laughs.” To confuse the two is insulting to real victims.

    Since she has admitted she was not a victim, why should anyone pay her for anything?? Her lawyers say she should be paid because the release of the voicemails and photos has caused her stress. But who released them? SHE DID. Either she directly released them for the publicity or she was careless in letting them get away from her. She is the responsible party. So no one owes her anything.

    I’m not condoning Favre’s behavior. But it is none of my business and something his wife should handle privately.

  16. favre didn’t pay her off so she went and taddled to the principal’s office

    beatch got squat, hahahahahahahaha

  17. WTf I’ve been holdin Farve all year in fantasy and when he starts to finally get going this B decides to talk now.

  18. I think that after Goodell let this drag on for too long, Farve took revenge by saying it’s not my junk. That puts the league office and Goodell in the position of being chief junk inspector. If the NFL pursues the issue they’ll look like fools after he says prove it. Farve probably thinks the fine or suspension is well worth the laugh. Just because it came from his phone doesn’t mean it’s his junk, or that he sent it. The lockers in the pro locker rooms I’ve seen (on tv) don’t lock. At the end Farve will say Mangini did it.

  19. Cudos to Deb as well for a great post.

    Scenario 1:
    – Sterger and Favre talk it up and exchange texts/pics, etc.
    – Favre comes to find out she has a “collection”
    – He voluntarily sends her a new entry
    – He/she keep it all under wraps until Deadspin finds out
    – Once public, she succumbs to greed and goes for all she can get via private settlement

    Scenario 2:
    – Favre sends her texts in attempt to seduce her
    – She refuses such advances
    – He sends a pic of his junk
    – She keeps silent

    Scenario 1 shows consensual exchanges that went too far. Also, Favre had no authority over her in the NFL workplace (he did not cause her to quit or get fired). If she had complained, then as an employee of the company he could be fired…but there’s been no complaint. Consensual office romances happen all the time. If she felt discriminated or harrassed, she would be suing the Jets/NFL…she isn’t.

    Scenario 2 would be harrassment, but where’s the complaint?

    In either situation, what would compel Brett to send such a picture? If he did it purely by himself…I really cannot see him being so stupid. If he knew of her “collection”, maybe, but I suspect he might have been at a level of getting something in return from her…hence the silence. As to the “something in return”, it is not for me, PFT or the media to try and figure out. That’s between Brett, Sterger and Mrs. Favre.

    I don’t see a settlement or suspension coming. The only thing that may come from this matter is a divorce.

  20. These lawyers are why people think they are bottom feeders. This chick holds onto text, pictures and voice mails for 2 years expecting a pay day. Regardless if Farve did any of this if she was so offended she would have come forth sooner. Being a female in the work force cases like this hampers women that don’t seek out unwanted attention but are truely faced with it. I can’t take this serious, even her own friend pretty much says she is a slore.

  21. Just go away. Stop trying to use someone else to be noticed. Sterger reminds me of the girl who gets mad she isn’t popular anymore when the high school QB dumps her. She doesn’t want justice, she wants to ruin football. My kids are gonna have to hear this crap just like Clinton’s little ho bag. It has less to do with Favre then just the point people will think black mail works. It will start happening even worse to EVERYONES heroes. Just let him have the Kobe Bryant card or Tiger Woods. They didn’t get suspended. Oh yeah keep the white man down. How bout that Ocho stinko.

  22. Deb says: Nov 11, 2010 6:12 PM
    I’m not condoning Favre’s behavior. But it is none of my business and something his wife should handle privately.
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    Too late. All your “knowledgeable” perspectives from the female point-of-view overlook a very important detail; it’s not up to Sterger to determine if there is recourse for Favre’s actions. Policies in-place and workplace laws don’t let people decide for themselves when to press charges. It doesn’t matter how the evidence came to light. The same logic applies when a battered wife tries to explain that she gave herself a black eye, “because she loves her husband so much!” If Favre did nothing wrong, then he has nothing to worry about. If he did, he’ll pay the price for his poor decision-making. People are bashing the woman instead of calling Favre out. Why? Because he’s a famous athlete? Please. This is a matter ALSO for he and his wife to deal with. The two are not mutually exclusive.

  23. @stellarperformance …

    My gender doesn’t give me special insight into harrassment, assault, and abuse. I’m knowledgeable on those subjects because I’m experienced with real victims. And I’m contemptuous of Sterger for the same reason. I’m also knowledgeable on harassment law because I wrote for several years on management issues.

    The law makes exception for a man asking out a woman so a guy who simply got his signals crossed doesn’t end up in court. Favre was not her supervisor, nor was he a coworker in her department. The incident took place two years ago, and she made no effort to report it. She has said she kept the evidence “for laughs” and shared it with her friends.

    A jury would have to have lunch with Jack Daniels before ruling for this woman … no matter who the man was.

    Don’t make assumptions about my motives. I’m bashing Sterger because women like create confusion for and about real victims. She’s an opportunist who uses her body for profit. Instead of playing victim, it would be more honest if these women would just get a pimp or a pole.

    My interest in Brett Favre ends on the football field. I’m not some wide-eyed, People-subscribing, celebrity-worshiping teenager who thinks my football hero can do no wrong. In fact, the opposite is true. I’d guess 85 percent of NFL players behave exactly like Favre and Roethlisberger (who the evidence shows behaved like a dog but didn’t rape anyone). I think the pretense that they’re deviating from the norm and need to be disciplined by the Great Goodell is hilarious and don’t know how he barks out the words without choking on the hypocrisy. As I said, I don’t approve of the behavior, but it is a private matter between them and their families. Carrying on about a couple of players in public while ignoring the rest is like pulling a couple of dogs out of the pack and punishing them for peeing on fire hydrants while letting the rest go.

  24. Deb says:
    Nov 12, 2010 11:53 AM
    @stellarperformance …
    Favre was not her supervisor, nor was he a coworker in her department. She’s an opportunist who uses her body for profit.
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    So what? He is the golden boy of the NFL! He has power and he knows it. And we have no idea how afraid she may have been that her livelihood was threatened by either not complying to his intentions or complying to them….either way. For all we know the Jets told her to take a hike before her issues became their issues. And now her current employer dropped her too. You sound like the idiots that blame the woman for getting raped because she dressed like she “was asking for it.” Your notoriety on this site as being one of few woman doesn’t give you any special insight. You should know better.

  25. @stellarperformance …

    As a rape survivor, I’m the last person on the site who’d blame a rape victim for what she was wearing. And I never cease to wonder at the gall of men who throw that out. I made clear in my comments that being a woman doesn’t give me any insight into this situation. However, my experience with victims gives me a strong opinion and my experience writing about management issues gives me a depth of knowledge.

    Sterger told people she kept the tapes “for laughs.” That is not the dialogue of a victim who was terrified of losing her job or was tossed from her job before she could sue.

    Your comments, however, are the dialogue of someone who hates the player involved and is grasping at straws. I’m giving you the facts that have been released. You’re making up if, if, ifs to suit your own biases about Favre. It’s impossible to have an adult conversation with a spoiled child who’s stamping his foot to get his way. Grow up.

  26. Deb says: Nov 12, 2010 4:41 PM
    I’m giving you the facts that have been released.
    ————————————————————————–
    No, you’re not. You’re giving your opinion as fact. Wait a few weeks and let the truth speak for itself.

  27. @stellarperformance …

    Fact: She did not file a sexual harassment claim with the NFL or the Jets while she was in the Jets’ employ.

    Fact: She made no effort to release this information in the two years since she left the Jets.

    Fact: Deadspin reported that she said she had no intention of filing a complaint against Favre and kept the material for laughs.

    Fact: The calls were made to her cell phone. She possessed the audio recordings, and if they’re legitimate, the photos. The only way this info went public is if a) she deliberately released it, or b) she was careless and shared it with someone who released it without her permission. She’s a reporter with a college degree, not a simple country bumpkin. She reads stories every day about e-mails going viral. She must have realized that sexts of Brett Favre’s privates had that potential.

    Fact: The personal pecadilloes of adult men and women–whether they are football players, movie stars, or the President of the United States–are not the business of the American public just because the American public thinks they are.

    Crime is a matter for the courts. Sin is a matter for God. You aren’t God.

    Additional facts may come out, but YES I AM operating on FACTS that already have been released just as I said. YOU are operating on obsessive dislike of a football player.

    Oooh, let the truth speak for itself. What, were you hiding in a Jets’ locker watching the whole thing?

  28. Deb says: Nov 12, 2010 11:53 PM
    Additional facts may come out, but YES I AM operating on FACTS that already have been released just as I said. Oooh, let the truth speak for itself.
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    Until she herself speaks, I don’t plan to take your word for anything. The truth has never failed me before, and nobody needs your help to interpret it.

    She didn’t file a claim while employed by the Jets? So what, she hasn’t yet either.

    She didn’t release the information for two years? So what? She didn’t release it this time either.

    She kept the “offending” materials for laughs? So what? Who wouldn’t?

    The calls came to her cell phone. So what? Unsolicited and the number provided to Favre by someone else and at his request. String her up!

    Personal and private indiscretions are nobodies business? When there is no interest maybe…as perhaps in your case.

    YOU are the one talking like you had a first row seat. I am the one requesting that everybody take a wait-and-see position until the FACTS come out. You’re being as sensationalistic as a pre-determined tabloid.

    FACT: Offensive or illegal…who cares…Favre did it. He’s a douche.

    Talk about obsessive…give it up already. Oh, and just for giggles (being truthy and all,) are you an overweight coffee-drinking know-it-all smoker by any chance? I’m guessing yes, and that I have profiled you to a tee.

  29. ROFL …

    So much for attempting to have an intelligent conversation about a legal issue with a junior high kid. The point of the conversation was that Jenn Sterger is not a victim, and as a victim’s advocate, I find it offensive to hear people like you carry on that she is simply because you hate Brett Favre.

    So what? If she’d been victimized, she would have pursued recourse–and she wouldn’t have kept evidence of her victimization for laughs. The material I’ve presented isn’t my word; it’s public record–and you know it.

    When children have nothing intelligent to say, they give up and start name-calling and making personal attacks. Nice try. LOL

  30. Deb says: Nov 13, 2010 2:05 PM
    When children have nothing intelligent to say, they give up and start name-calling and making personal attacks.
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    Nice try. I knew I had you pegged. Typical self-indulged know-it-all.

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