Former New York Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger met with the NFL on Thursday to discuss the alleged text messages and inappropriate pictures sent to her by quarterback Brett Favre during the 2008 season when he was with the team. The story of the meeting was first reported by the New York Post on Thursday afternoon and confirmed by Sterger’s lawyer, Joseph Conway.
The meeting did not come as a surprise but took longer than expected to take place. Conway said the meeting lasted “at least three hours” and was held at an undisclosed location in Manhattan. He would not give any details.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told the NFL Network before the Falcons-Ravens game on Thursday night that he had not yet been briefed by his security staff and that he expects to get an update on Friday when he returns to his office in New York.
Asked if he anticipates a quick conclusion, Goodell said: "I'm never pushed much by timelines. I think what you have to do is be fair, you have to try to get all the facts and make a smart decision. I think what we need to do here is make sure we have all those facts from as many different sources as we can. Our people have been working hard to gather all those facts and I'll get an update tomorrow."
The NFL has been investigating the case for several weeks and Favre met with NFL Vice President of Security Milt Ahlerich on Oct. 19 at Winter Park. Fox Sports reported that Favre admitted to leaving Sterger messages but denied sending lewd photos. Favre is in his second season with the Vikings.
Ahlerich, who was an FBI agent for 25 years before he joined the NFL, is investigating whether Favre violated the league’s personal conduct policy. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said the focus is on “workplace conduct.” If Favre is found to be in violation he could face a fine or suspension.
“I’m not going to comment as to anything that was said in the meeting,” Conway said. “I can confirm the meeting took place. It was lengthy, it was in an undisclosed location in Manhattan and she cooperated with the NFL’s investigation by subjecting herself to the interview, answering questions and providing whatever materials she could provide to the NFL.”
Asked if if there were many people at the meeting, Conway said: “Let’s put it this way. If you had to buy lunch it would have been pretty cheap.”
The website Deadspin first reported that Sterger received the photos and messages from Favre. The same site later posted a video that contained the material allegedly sent to Sterger.
Shortly thereafter, Deadspin followed with a report that Favre made advances toward two female massage therapists who did part-time work for the Jets. The names of those women were never revealed, but the Jets did provide the league with their contact information. Deadspin officials have said Sterger did not provide them with the messages and videos and that they came from a third party.
Conway declined to comment about why Sterger decided to talk to the NFL.
Favre has started an NFL record 293 consecutive regular-season games. That number is at 317 including playoffs.