Favre won’t address allegations after loss to Jets

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Brett Favre stepped up to the podium after a discouraging loss to the New York Jets and spent about 20 minutes evading questions the same way he tried to avoid tacklers.

The Minnesota Vikings quarterback was asked several times after Monday night’s 29-20 loss to the New York Jets to discuss the NFL’s investigation into allegations that he sent racy messages and lewd photos to a Jets game hostess in 2008.

Each time, the three-time MVP did not address the topic. He said he was disappointed his team lost the game and his only focus had been on trying to beat the Jets.

Asked if the allegations against him are true or false, a tight-lipped Favre said: “If you want to talk about what happened in the football game tonight, I’d love to.”

Earlier Monday, he reportedly apologized to his teammates for the distraction caused by the allegations and NFL investigation.

Neither coach Brad Childress nor Favre would discuss what the quarterback said to his teammates in that meeting, but both confirmed the 20-year veteran addressed the team.

“That’s between me and my teammates, apparently not all of them,” Favre said, a reference to a teammate who might have divulged what was said.

A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Favre spoke to his teammates Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk publicly about the conversation.

ESPN reported on Favre’s apology.

Asked to characterize whether the allegations have been an embarrassment, Favre said “I am embarrassed about this football game. I thought we gave a great effort.”

Asked to comment on the NFL investigation, he said: “I said what I had to say. I’m disappointed we lost this football game.”

Favre praised the addition of Randy Moss and says despite the team’s 1-3 record, he’s optimistic the Vikings can turn it around.

The Vikings started slow, with Favre losing two fumbles and being sacked early. He came on strong in the second half with three touchdown passes before a late interception ended the comeback attempt.

“You know what, it’s just no different than any other time,” Favre said of whether the game was tough to get ready for with all that has been going on. “I concentrated on this game, gave it my all, it wasn’t good enough.”

Childress said he thought Favre was prepared.

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