Vikings quarterback Brett Favre will be in the national spotlight tonight when he and old friend Randy Moss visit the New York Jets in a Monday Night Football matchup. But Favre may also soon find himself in the hot seat with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about about allegations that he sent racy messages and lewd photos to a former Jets employee when he was a member of the team in 2008.
Favre said on Sunday during an ESPN "Monday Night Football" production meeting that he is willing to speak with Goodell about the allegations.
The website Deadspin posted a story Thursday which included several voicemails allegedly sent by Favre to Jenn Sterger, who worked for the Jets at the time. The voicemails include a man asking to meet with Sterger, who now is a TV personality for the Versus network. The website posted a video that contained the voicemails and several graphic pictures -- said to be Favre -- that were allegedly sent to Sterger's cell phone.
Asked yesterday if the Deadspin report had merit, Favre told ESPN, "That will take its course."
Favre said neither he nor his agent had been contacted by the NFL about the matter.
"My main focus is the New York Jets, they are a tough team; as good as they are that has been my focus," Favre said on Sunday. "I hate in any way if this has been a distraction as I said Thursday -- we are here focused on trying to beat the Jets."
Goodell says once the league completes its investigation of the allegations, it will "make a determination" if the Vikings quarterback should be punished. ESPN is reporting that the investigation is on a fast track.
"We are going through that and we are making sure we understand all the facts," Goodell said at halftime of the Chargers-Raiders game.
Goodell added once the investigation is complete, "we'll make a determination from there."
Should Favre be found to have violated the NFL's conduct policy, he could be fined or suspended.
Sterger's manager, Phil Reese, has said his client "did not provide Deadspin with any information." And a Deadspin editor said it paid a third party for the material and acknowledged it's possible the man who sent the voicemails and photos may not be Favre.
Deadspin and the New York Post also reported that Favre also pursued two female massage therapists who worked part time for the team, according to one of the women. An ESPN source said the NFL also wants to interview one and possibly both massage therapists. A Jets spokesman said the team was giving contact information for the two women to the league.
Vikings coach Brad Childress said he talked with Favre about the NFL investigation and that the Deadspin reports have not been a distraction for the team .
"We just talk about what's out there and look it right in the eye and deal with it to the extent we can," Childress said on Saturday. "It doesn't affect anybody else in this locker room, except Brett Favre."
Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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