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EDEN PRAIRIE, MINN. (AP) - Brett Favre doesn’t want to talk about any subject but the Green Bay Packers, while the NFL is seeking more information about allegations he sent suggestive messages and lewd photos in 2008 to a woman who worked for the New York Jets.
Speaking on a conference call with reporters in Green Bay ahead of Sunday night’s Vikings-Packers game, Favre called the NFL’s investigation into his alleged behavior a “league matter.” Minutes later, he also declined to answer a series of questions about the situation in his weekly Wednesday news conference with Minnesota media.
“That’s a league issue,” Favre said, “that I just have to leave at that.”
The Vikings quarterback met with NFL vice president for security Milt Ahlerich on Tuesday about his alleged advances toward then-Jets game emcee Jenn Sterger two years ago, when Favre played for New York.
Favre brushed off a question about whether the situation has weighed on him, insisting it was instead the “front five for Dallas” that weighed on him last week. He said this week his “focus is solely on Green Bay.”
Asked why he hasn’t denied the allegations, Favre said: “The one thing I’m going to say is that’s something that’s within the league, and I’ll just have to leave it at that _ let that process work itself out.”
Sterger has hired lawyers but has not commented on the allegations, which were posted on Deadspin.com without her cooperation. The website paid a third party for the texts, voicemails and graphic photos, said to be of Favre, that it posted in a video. Sterger has not commented on the website’s report.
Attorney Joseph Conway said Wednesday his firm will advise Sterger “and pursue any potential remedies that may exist.” He confirmed being contacted by the NFL, but said nothing had been decided on a possible meeting between Sterger and the league.
Sterger is now a TV personality for the Versus network. Her manager, Phil Reese, said she’s had no discussions with Favre representatives about a possible financial settlement stemming from the allegations.
A.J. Daulerio, Deadspin’s editor in chief, posted on the website Wednesday that he told Ahlerich he was willing to cooperate with the NFL but “any and all information we have to offer is available on the site” and he wouldn’t provide anything more than that at this point.
Favre appeared relaxed at the podium inside Minnesota’s practice facility. While refusing to acknowledge concern about the investigation and insisting he’s only worried about the Packers, Favre took time to mention their multiple-formation defense, the pressure of facing his old team and the magnitude of the game given a tight NFC North race.
Then, with a touch of self-deprecating humor, he poked fun at his age and questioned his ability to hold up in Green Bay.
“I look old, gray and weary, with crows feeding on me and that stuff,” Favre said.
“I’d like for it to be a better reaction than last year, but I can’t be concerned about that,” he said. “I know what I did there, the legacy that I left behind, the commitment I had to that team, the way I played. And it was a long, long time. So I’m proud of that. And I’m not going to really think about it.”
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