It's been six months since the Jenn Sterger and Brett Favre sexting scandal broke, and details of a Good Morning America interview set to air this week show the victim in all of this still hasn't recovered. She's essentially unable to work in her career as a TV host because she received pictures of Favre's penis. But guess where Favre is today!
Set to host a football camp full of impressionable teenagers in his native Mississippi, and coasting high on the same old "athletes can do what they want" glory that got Sterger into this mess to begin with. She told GMA she isn't even sure how he got hold of her cellphone number to start the series of voicemails and sexy texts that turned her into a household name.
In fact, Sterger said she tried to head this whole thing off at the pass, even as Favre was leaning on New York Jets staffers to do his dirty work:
I was approached one day at the beginning of the pre-season games, by a man wearing a Jets badge, employee badge, who asked me, "How would you feel if Brett Favre asked for your phone number? What would you say?" And I just looked at him, my usual smartass self. And I said, "I'd say I like my job an awful lot." And I've been told I look remarkably like his wife.
What part of leave me the hell alone did he not get out of that? Sure, Favre was fined by the NFL for not taking the hint and leaving Sterger alone. A whopping $50,000, which, to a guy with an estimated net worth of $100 million, is pocket change. And it certainly hasn't hurt his chances at getting more money out of the sport, with the Green Bay Packers publicly announcing in February that they're "saving a spot in the organization" for Favre.
It's something associated with celebrities as a whole, but the ability to skirt the lines of propriety is a force to be reckoned with in the world of sports too. Fueled by a sense that their talent and huge fan following have earned them the right to do what they want, when they want it, they step outside ethical boundaries. And the world rewards them for it. They victim blame. They look the other way, and they allow a serial cheater and sexual harasser to work with teenagers at a football camp because, gee, he's got money and a big name.
Jenn Sterger isn't simply a victim of Brett Favre here. She's a victim of the nation's sports fan frenzy. Sure, these guys can do amazing things on a field, but that doesn't make them good people!
Do you look the same way at athletes after they get into legal trouble?
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