The manager for the woman at the center of the NFL’s investigation of Brett Favre said yesterday the quarterback’s agent asked about paying her to keep quiet.
But that’s not how Favre’s agent, Bus Cook, sees it.
Cook said in a statement that Jenn Sterger’s camp made “numerous overtures’’ to him. He said he believes money has been the motivation for the former Jets game emcee.
Sterger’s manager, Phil Reese, told the AP in a telephone interview he called Cook in October to alert him about a forthcoming Internet report alleging Favre sent inappropriate messages and lewd photos to Sterger when they were both with the Jets two years ago.
Reese said the reason he reached out was to compare notes about news that could be damaging to both of their clients.
“I was concerned because I didn’t know exactly what was going to be coming out, and I knew that it wasn’t going to be good for everyone involved,’’ Reese said. “He asked me if there was a specific figure in mind that could make this go away. I told him, ‘I wish it were that easy, but there’s no putting the toothpaste back in the tube.’ ’’
Cook replied in a statement to the AP that there was never an intention to offer money for silence.
“Her manager and her lawyer have made numerous overtures to me . . . at least 6 between the two of them,’’ Cook wrote. “Anyone can figure out why. The point is we were never going to pay them, we didn’t pay them and we will never pay them. Because, there is NO reason to pay them! They should consider that their attempts to negotiate privately and through the media have failed.’’
Cook declined to answer further questions about the matter.
Joe Conway, Sterger’s attorney, said he called Cook once to introduce himself and followed up with a letter. “It’s not about money. It’s about doing the right thing,’’ Conway said.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said yesterday he had nothing to report on the investigation.
Young banned from meeting Titans coach Jeff Fisher said though he had an assistant tell Vince Young not to attend a team meeting, the quarterback has not been banned from the team’s headquarters.
Fisher said last night on his weekly radio show that he looked for Young in the locker room before the team meeting. Fisher said he couldn’t find Young, so he sent an assistant to tell Young he was not welcome in the meeting for “obvious reasons.’’
Fisher said he didn’t want Young in Monday’s meeting because he had to update the Titans (5-5) on the quarterback’s situation. Young, who had tossed his pads into the stands on Sunday, had a heated exchange with Fisher before Young stormed out of the stadium.
Young needs season-ending surgery on his right thumb and was placed on injured reserve yesterday.
T.O. jabs Jets’ Revis Terrell Owens wants to show Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis that he’s no slouch.
The Bengals receiver bristled at the mention of Revis, who is expected to cover him when the teams play tomorrow night.
Last January, Revis referred to Owens as a “slouch’’ and to receiver Randy Moss as a slouch, too, suggesting both receivers failed to give their best when he guarded them last season. Owens had a total of six catches for 46 yards in Buffalo’s two games against New York.
Owens hasn’t forgotten.
“He came out and said that I was a slouch, myself and Randy,’’ Owens said. “I heard it. It’s in the back of my mind. As far as me being a slouch, that has never been anything to describe me.’’
Revis didn’t back down.
“Yeah, I called him a slouch last year,’’ Revis said yesterday. “That’s how I felt at that point in time because of the two games that I did cover him. He didn’t have great games against me.
“But I mean, it’s good that he’s looking forward to it. You know, I wouldn’t expect anything less from him. I’m sure he’s licking his chops for this game and will try to come out and compete.’’
Asked how he would describe Revis as a cornerback, Owens said, “Just an average corner to me.’’
Colts’ Collie out Sunday Colts receiver Austin Collie will not play Sunday night against San Diego. Team officials said Collie will be held out as a precaution after leaving last weekend’s game against the Patriots following a first-quarter collision. Team president Bill Polian said that hit made Collie “uncomfortable.’’ . . . Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is refusing to criticize the NFL for not suspending Raiders defensive end Richard Seymour or the club-record 163 yards in penalties assessed his team during a 35-3 rout of Oakland Sunday. Seymour was fined $25,000, but not suspended, for his open-handed punch of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger . . . The injury-ravaged Giants signed former Buccaneers receiver Michael Clayton. The Giants confirmed the signing and waived tight end Jake Ballard. The Giants have lost receivers Steve Smith (pectoral), Ramses Barden (ankle), and Hakeem Nicks (right leg) recently . . . The Seahawks signed offensive tackle Will Robinson and defensive tackle Amon Gordon to the active roster and released two players, including fourth-round draft pick E.J. Wilson, a defensive end, and offensive lineman Allen Barbre . . . The Lions released linebacker Caleb Campbell and signed guard Donald Thomas. Campbell said he will be re-signed to the practice squad today.