The NFL's official website reported Thursday that Jenn Sterger, the woman at the center of the "sexting" scandal involving Brett Favre, broke her months-long silence by meeting with league investigators into allegations that Favre may have violated the league's personal conduct policy.
Sterger reportedly met with league officials for more than three hours Thursday. According to reports, Sterger and her legal team turned over a significant amount of documentation and evidence for the investigation after weeks of declining to meet with the league. The rumor mill had it that Sterger's attorneys were delaying meeting with the league amid speculation that they were seeking a settlement from Favre that would keep her from talking to the league – which would have stalled the investigation in its tracks.
In an interview with the NFL Network during last night's Ravens-Falcons, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he hasn't been apprised of what information was gleaned from the interview, but is expected to be informed of what was said today. He told the NFL Network that he is going to be fair and will take his time disseminating the evidence.
Sterger allegedly turned over large amounts of physical evidence, which included materials dealing with her cell phone, which is expected to include the incriminating texts in question.
The investigation came to the Twins Cities almost a month ago, when NFL vice president of security Milt Ahlerich, a former FBI investigator, met with Favre on Oct. 19 at Winter Park. During the meeting, Favre is reported to have admitted sending voice messages to Sterger, but said he didn't send any inappropriate photos.
The website Deadspin initially broke the story claiming proof of voice mail and photos of Favre sent over the phone. The story originally surfaced at the time that Favre returned to the Vikings in the preseason and resurfaced around the time the Vikings were to play in New York, which some speculated was due to the website trying to cash in while the Vikings were making big sports headlines.
Favre has declined to address the situation despite being asked numerous times during press conferences, refocusing answers to such pointed questions by spinning them into football-related answers.
If the league finds that Favre acted inappropriately, he could be subject to a suspension under the personal conduct policy. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger missed the first four games of the 2010 season after being suspended for violating the personal conduct policy, despite not having any charges brought by local authorities.
The soap opera continues, whether you want it to or not.
"I don't know," Williams said. "That's just all reports. Ain't no names. That's Sean Jensen. That's what Sean Jensen do. He ain't going to give nobody no names. He ain't going to put no name out there, so I don't if it's true or not. That's like somebody saying I'm gay, but they don't have to tell me who said it. I don't know, but they're going to believe it. If somebody starts that rumor, they're going to believe it."
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.