Saturday, October 23, 2010
Manager: Brett Favre placed call in '09
ESPN.com news services
NEW YORK -- A spokesman for the woman who allegedly received lewd photos and inappropriate text messages from Brett Favre two years ago said Saturday the quarterback tried to contact the former New York Jets game hostess in 2009.
Phil Reese, Jenn Sterger's manager, told The Associated Press that Favre called Sterger last June. Reese declined comment when asked if there were multiple calls, but said Sterger did not answer the phone.
The New York Post first reported the June 2009 call, citing an unidentified source.
The NFL is investigating the allegations against Favre and is attempting to speak with Sterger, who hasn't decided yet whether she will talk to the league.
"We have an ongoing dialogue with the NFL," Reese said. "What we've been talking about is having Jenn come in. Like I have said, she is strongly considering it. Ultimately this decision is hers and hers alone."
Reese also said Saturday there has been no discussion "of any kind" with Favre's camp.
Now the Minnesota Vikings QB, Favre was interviewed by NFL vice president for security Milt Ahlerich on Tuesday about his alleged advances toward Sterger in 2008, when Favre played for the Jets. Neither he nor the NFL has provided details of that meeting.
"That's a league issue," Favre said this week as Minnesota prepared to play Green Bay, "that I just have to leave at that."
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Friday the review is ongoing.
"At this point we have not reached any conclusions," Aiello said. "We will continue to pursue opportunities to speak with individuals that potentially have information."
Reese told The Associated Press on Friday that Sterger is "strongly considering" speaking with NFL officials conducting the probe.
"We're certainly headed in that direction," added her lawyer, Joseph Conway. "We do have a dialogue with the NFL in terms of a potential meeting. There's nothing definitive."
Sterger, now a TV personality for the Versus network, has not commented on the allegations, which were posted on the website, Deadspin. The site said Sterger would not agree to an interview and it paid a third party for the texts, voicemails and graphic photos, said to be of Favre, that it posted in a video.
A message was left Saturday seeking comment from Bus Cook, Favre's agent.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.