'When rumors of Brett Favre's possible third retirement began to spread through the airwaves and interwebs on Tuesday morning, much of the sporting public reacted with a roll of the eyes and a "here we go again" resolve.
Let's just say the story has taken an unexpected turn.
Deadspin.com -- a sports gossip blog that created national headlines in the past -- posted an item last night promising a salacious (and gross) story about Favre would break in the very near future. Though Deadspin is not thought of as a paragon of journalistic virtue (ask Buzz Bissinger about that one), the item seemed a bit irresponsible. It was a vague, oblique tease.
This morning, Deadspin revealed the details, and the story was a home run for the site.
Apparently, Jenn Sterger -- who became an Internet sports sensation several years ago after wearing a bikini and a cowboy hat to a Florida State football game -- played Deadspin editors voicemail messages she received from Favre while working as an in-game scoreboard hostess for the Jets.
Sterger also kept some incriminating cell phone pictures that Favre allegedly sent her of his penis.
According to the rather NSFW report:
"Sterger claimed she spurned Favre's advances because he was married, but also because she was working for the Jets at the time she didn't think it was the best idea to start a torrid affair with the team's highest profile player (the Jets have not responded to a question about any knowledge of the Favre/Sterger saga at this time). Plus, if she went forward with how aggressive he was and how skeeved out she was to some of her superiors, she suspected she might lose her job. The interactions were flirty and strange but she didn't think there wasn't anything that made her too uncomfortable. But then, one night, Sterger received a picture on her phone which was so shocking that she just tossed it across the room. It was his dick. Brett Favre's dick. And it happened multiple times. In fact, Sterger claims that, in one of the photos Favre allegedly sent her, he's masturbating — while wearing a pair of Crocs. In another photo, Favre is holding his penis while wearing the wristwatch he wore during his first teary-eyed retirement press conference. " '