You remember this story from the summer? When Deadspin claimed to have the goods on former Green Bay Packer, New York Jets, and current Minnesota Vikings starting QB Brett Favre. More specifically, claiming that media wh*** Jenn Sterger had pics of Favre’s genitalia. It caused quite a stir; it even inspired a hilarious music video.
Still, I was shocked that this story went pretty much ignored by a majority of the mainstream media. Shouldn’t this have been a much bigger NFL story? Well, it’s about to become one. Especially now that Deadspin claims a Jets PR person may have acted as a liaison between Favre and Sterger.
Wow! it’s been a real negative publicity storm for the New York Jets lately.
Anyways, if Deadspin delivers on what they say they have, D-day is here.
By Paul M. Banks
Once the story came out in the summer, lots of people doubted the existence of the alleged pictures. One of Sterger’s “friends” actually said the pics didn’t exist and that she’s just doing another one of her trademark attention grabbing ploys.
Later, a conflicting report came from Allison Torres, an FSU cowgirl who “confirmed” that the pictures are real.
I said at the time and I’ll say it again- Sterger wouldn’t risk losing the cushy media gig she has over this. She must have the goods somewhere.
Likewise for Deadspin; they wouldn’t risk a lawsuit and destroying their very profitable business on a rumor and whim. They’re run by a powerful media corporation, not one rogue individual in a garage. They’re well aware of all the legal implications that go along with posting any pics or rumors related to this.
So what’s the impetus for the specific timing? Favre’s back on the front pages with the news of yesterday’s trade of Randy Moss from the New England Patriots to the Vikings. The publicity machine is already rolling, and Deadspin will be looking to further drive up their already sky high Alexa ranking.
I can live without seeing the pictures themselves, seriously I don’t need to see them. However, I must know who’s lying and who’s telling the truth here. Did Favre actually text them to Sterger? Or is this all just an elaborate attempt to drive up page views?
Well, without further ado: here’s your answer.
Paul M. Banks is President and CEO of The Sports Bank.net , a Midwest focused webzine. He is also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, the Chicago Tribune’s blog network, Walter Football.com, the Washington Times Communities, Yardbarker Network, and Fox Sports.com
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