- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 4, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) — Two massage therapists sued Brett Favre on Monday, saying they lost their part-time jobs with the New York Jets after complaining about sexually suggestive text messages from the veteran quarterback.

Claiming they were subjected to sexual harassment and job discrimination, Christina Scavo and Shannon O'Toole are seeking unspecified damages from Favre, the Jets and a Jets massage coordinator.

While the women don’t say they received any messages directly from Favre, he referred to Ms. Scavo in a message proposing a meeting with her and a third, unidentified massage therapist, the lawsuit says.

“Kinda lonely tonight,” he added in a subsequent message to the third masseuse, the lawsuit said. “I guess I have bad intentions.”

The team declined to comment. Favre’s agent didn’t immediately return a telephone message.

The lawsuit comes five days after the NFL fined Favre $50,000 for not being forthright in an investigation into allegations that he sent lewd text messages and photos to former Jets game hostess Jenn Sterger when they both worked for the team in 2008.

The league’s investigation went on for months as the three-time MVP staggered through his 20th NFL season, fighting injuries as he led Minnesota in a disappointing season. Favre’s consecutive starts streak was eventually snapped at 297 in December and he sat out the Vikings’ final game, a loss to Detroit on Sunday. Afterward he said he’s retiring — for good, this time.

The NFL also reviewed media reports that Favre pursued two massage therapists who worked at the Jets‘ facility in 2008, but the league said that claim could not be substantiated because people with “potentially relevant information” wouldn’t cooperate with investigators. Ms. O'Toole’s and Ms. Scavo’s lawyer, David Jaroslawicz, said he told investigators about the information his clients had.

The two women worked for years at the Jets training camp and for various players individually, sometimes giving massages at players’ homes, according to the lawsuit. Ms. O'Toole brought ms Scavo into the Jets fold, Mr. Jaroslawicz said.

After Ms. Scavo and an unidentified colleague gave massages at the training camp in 2008, Favre sent the colleague a text message saying, “Brett here you and crissy want to get together I’m all alone,” the lawsuit said.

Mr. Jaroslawicz declined to identify the massage therapist who purportedly received the messages.

Ms. Scavo told her husband, Joseph, about the messages. He promptly told Favre to back off and apologize, according to the lawsuit.

The husband got a brush-off from Favre, and his wife and Ms. O'Toole got blackballed by the team, the lawsuit says.

The Jets stopped calling the women for work, initially offering such excuses as having moved the training camp, Mr. Jaroslawicz said.

After the allegations about Favre chasing Jets masseuses surfaced in media reports, the team’s massage coordinator, Lisa Ripi, sent Ms. Scavo a series of e-mails referring to Favre as “a pervert” but ripping Ms. Scavo for not having kept the matter quiet, the lawsuit says.

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