Brett Favre and Sexual Harassment

I've been debating blogging about this, mostly because I don't really understand it. From what I can gather, Jenn Sterger had no intentions of pushing any kind of claim against the Jets, Favre or the NFL. Then Deadspin, somehow, got a hold of her voicemails and alleged images of Favre's netherworlds. After the Deadspin post, the NFL decides to investigate. 


Sterger takes a long time deciding whether she wants to talk to the League. She finally does. Her lawyers now say they want the NFL to suspend Favre, and put in some kind of anti-harassment training. If the NFL does nothing, Sterger's lawyers had threatened to sue Favre—they later backed off. They've said that Sterger never complained about Favre's alleged behavior, and never told him she didn't like it. Surely that is not exonerating proof for Favre, but I don't know why it took Deadspin's posting to make her pursue the case.

Listen to this really weird interview on the Dan Patrick show with Sterger's "public relations manager." He says Sterger is trying to clear her good name—but I'm not clear on what she has to clear it from. Favre has reportedly admitted sending the voicemails—listen to them here—so all that's left are the cell-phone flicks. I can understand her wanting to see Favre punished. I'm less clear on why it took Deadspin to push her to that conclusion
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