Jenn Sterger and Deadspin: Is Favre Suing for Libel?

Boy, I feel like Jenn Sterger’s name has been popping up a lot on SusanShan.com. But, seeing as how I’ll be appearing on ESPN’s WNER 1410 radio tomorrow with Matt McClusky to discuss Sterger and the recent Deadspin article, amongst other things, I may as well make my opinions known. Here they are, plain and simple:

1. There is no evidence supporting the story that Brett Favre sent Jenn Sterger lewd photos of himself. Without evidence, Deadspin has a dead story.

2. Deadspin is owned by Gawker Media, an online media company and blog network that owns multiple blogs. Within their portfolio is Fleshbot.com, an adult entertainment site. Therefore, we shouldn’t be surprised that Deadspin produced a flimsy story that tags a high profile (possibly highest profile) athlete with sex scandal. In fact, Gawker is no stranger to questionable ethics. CBS News reported that Gawker recently settled with Eric Dane and wife, Rebecca Gayheart, over copyright infringement when they released the couple’s sex tape, featuring them and the former Miss United States Teen Kari Ann Peniche. Whether Gawker will get sued for libel by Favre is still up for debate.

3. Favre has the homespun image of a perfect family man, like Tiger Woods did. For Woods, that image shattered, as did his on-course performance. It would be disappointing to see another athlete’s outstanding career get tarnished by sex scandals.


4. Sterger’s accusations are not shocking to anyone who has followed her actions. She is not shy when it comes to sexually explicit commentary, and she has a tendency to knock talent that far exceeds her own. For example, she recently made derogatory comments about Danica Patrick. And, she once had this to say about the talented Erin Andrews: “But it’s so funny because if you look at her old tapes back when she worked at the Lightning, it was the most dreadful stuff you’ve ever seen in your life.”

5. According to the Deadspin article, Sterger stated that she found Favre to be creepy. She also claimed that she didn’t mention the pictures to the Jets for fear of losing her job. Well, sexual harassment is a serious, and sticky, claim. If she were truly uncomfortable, the proper act probably wasn’t to store the pictures on her computer and laugh about them amongst friends, like Deadspin mentioned. On a similar note, Jen Wielgus from phillyBurbs.com called Sterger a “good role model” for women because “she did something quite remarkable in the groupie-heavy world of sports: She spurned Favre’s advances.” Those are the standards for a good role model these days?

6. I wish Favre’s family the best. The families are the ones who are hurt the most in these situations. And, if you were Favre’s wife, you’d probably cringe and sob after reading Sterger’s emails…both for the content and her awesome grammar. Will someone please introduce that woman to Rosetta Stone?

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