It’s Ugly. Dick Pic ugly.
The NFL doesn’t want to talk about it. In fact, the NFL would prefer you forget the long history of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations against star players. With the recent allegations against Brett Favre, involving misappropriations of welfare funds, see story here¸ it’s important to cite the long-standing allegations of sexual harassment against Favre while a member of the New York Jets. I say long-standing due to the light penalty and lack of justice for the victims.
Deshaun Watson, Matt Araiza, and Ray Rice. Each name brings an incident to mind. Domestic abuse, sexual harassment, and misconduct among NFL players. Before these guys, it existed it just wasn’t being caught on video as often. Screenshotting a text message wasn’t an option in 1996 when Brett Favre won the Superbowl with the Packers. Today Brett Favre is 52 years old. In 1996 he married Deanne and they have stayed married. Brett Favre became a grandfather while he was still a starting quarterback in the NFL. He’s still beloved by NFL fans. He was exciting to watch in the pocket, a gunslinger, and a relentless competitor.
But here is the thing. Deshaun Watson is too. Watson may not have won a Superbowl, but he had led the Texans to a thrilling wildcard victory in 2019. He may not be a hall of fame lock, like Favre, but he was well on his way. The NFL and sports writers alike seemingly stuck their heads in the sand when the massage parlor allegations commenced. How much more star treatment did Brett Favre get in Green Bay and later NYC while a member of the Jets and a lock for the hall of fame?
A lot. It’s been virtually forgotten that Brett Favre spent 46 days at the beginning of the 1996 season in rehab. In 1996 Brett Favre won the MVP and was the most popular player in the NFL. Favre stated in his biography he was taking somewhere between 9 and 15 Vicodins a day in 1995. At a press conference in 1996 the team, alongside Favre announced He was checking into rehab. Brett was painted as a humble hero who made a difficult, personal decision. He was the most popular player in the NFL. The press loved him for it for admitting to his addiction. It added to his just image of being just another guy.
In reality, Favre was anything but humble. When the league gave their statement, they said Favre came forth willingly, but in the aftermath, it was evident this wasn’t true. A team doctor confronted Favre about the drinking and drugs. Favre didn’t budge. Favre refused to act, so the doctor did. He reported the addiction to the league. The league gave Favre the opportunity to pay a steep fine weekly or check into rehab. In addition, the NFL requested Favre abstain from drinking during the 1996 season. Favre had had a reputation as a heaver drinker which had begun in High School. He continued drinking in college and brought the party to Atlanta where he began his career. He was a self-proclaimed party boy. Favre took the deal, went to rehab, and proclaimed himself a changed man.
In 2007, Brett Favre was traded by the Packers to the Jets for a conditional fourth-round pick. It’s hard not to wonder if Favre’s history played a factor in the Packers’ decision to draft Aaron Rodgers. Three women accused Brett Favre of sexual misconduct in New York. The first is Jenn Sterger. Jenn was an employee of the Jets and was beginning her career as a sideline reporter. In 2010 Jenn had posed for Maxim and later Playboy, she had a confessional column in Sports Illustrated. Jenn would later state Brett made her uncomfortable with continuous text messages, emails, and later “dic pics”. Streger said Brett went as far as to send her a video of himself masturbating. She didn’t want to report the incident to the Jets for fear of retaliation within the organization. Brett was the face of the Jets in 2008.
After Jenn two other women came forward claiming Favre had sent sexually inappropriate texts. The two women, Christina Scavo and Shannon O’Toole were former massage therapists for the Jets. Sounds familiar right? Favre sent lude messages to the women proposing a threesome. Christina & Shannon declined and contacted the team. In the aftermath, it was revealed the move cost both women their contracts within the Jets organization. Favre would later admit to leaving the voicemails settling the suit. An NFL investigation would result in a $50,000 dollar fine.
Brett Farve was never suspended by the NFL for any of the alleged sexual harassment or drug abuse.