Jenn Sterger’s Silence in Favre Sexting Saga Benefits Her Image

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Tonight’s ESPN broadcast of Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings versus the New York Jets on Monday Night Football will be fascinating to watch; and I’m not talking about only the football game. All the evidence of Favre’s sexting of Jenn Sterger is common knowledge, and the subject is being widely discussed in most mediums of NFL coverage.

But what will ESPN do tonight? How will they cover an obvious black-eye for their all-time favorite player? Will they strangle the golden goose in the name of journalistic integrity?

Favre will not address the allegations, but he also won’t deny them. And Ms. Sterger has been silent about the entire situation. So critics deriding her as a publicity wh*** are proven wrong, as she has done nothing opportunistic so far. Of course, I will strike that sentence from the record if/when it’s revealed she sold the material to a third party, who later turned it over to Deadspin.

And Deadspin’s critics have been proven wrong too. The website had the goods to back up their claims; and there was substance supporting the rumors and gossip. They’re actually the whistleblower here, as two more Jets-employed women came forward after the cell phone pics surfaced to indicate Favre harassed them.

We’ll discuss the two “winners” in more detail later, but first let’s discuss those who took some hits these past couple days.

Totally awesome graphic at the top of this page created by Yardbarker.com

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Deanna Favre

Some have referred to Sterger as the real victim in this situation, and to some extent that’s true. No one wants to be harassed/the recipient of unwanted creepiness, but the real victim here is actually Brett Favre’s wife Deanna. This must be a very difficult time for her as the embarrassment she’s feeling must be beyond belief.

Of course, Deanna has admitted publicly in recent years that she’s well aware of Favre’s cheating, and threatened to leave him because of it. (And yes, it made me queasy just now to link out to a Rupert Murdoch owned publication. I’ll need to shower four times today to clean that filth off!)

Coincidentally, it’s eerie how much Deanna looks exactly how Jenn Sterger will likely appear in about 10-15 years. It reminds me of that “Lost” episode when we find out how Benjamin Linus’ mother looks EXACTLY like Juliet Burke.

But if there is one single person who’s opinion on this situation matters more than anyone else, it’s Deanna Favre, and it’s a bit sad that everyone covering this story has overlooked this fact.

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Favre/ESPN/The NFL/anybody with a sports figure as a hero

First we had all the steroid miscreants (Bonds, Sosa, Clemens, McGwire, Giambi, A-Rod, Palmeiro…I know there’s a couple more I forgot) in Major League Baseball. Then came Tiger, then LeBron, and Lance Armstrong is next. A lot of the damning stuff is already out there about the doping, philandering douchebag cyclist, but believe me there’s MORE on the way.

Roethlisberger, Vick, Favre, I guess the only lesson to be learned here is “don’t have a professional athlete as a role model.” And if you’re over the age of 12, you probably shouldn’t anyway. If you have at least one parent who’s a solid functioning member of society and not certifiably insane, you got all the role models you need.

And also, think for yourself. Don’t let a multimillionaire jock do the thinking for you. And perhaps Favre isn’t the real villain here, maybe it’s ESPN and their ilk for taking a gifted athlete and fierce competitor and transforming him into a deity that is never to be questioned.

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Jenn Sterger

Now that we’ve broken down the losers, let’s talk about those who have gained from this scandal. It’s like a CNBC stock-picking show!

For everyone that thought Ms. Sterger was just trying to cash in on an embarrassing situation surrounding a legendary QB, you were wrong. For everyone that thought she was once again using sex to keep her 15 minutes of fame going and take her career to the next level- wrong. She’s avoided this situation like the plague, and I’ve gained a newfound respect for her.

Of course, I will strike that sentence from the record if/when it’s revealed she sold the material to a third party, who later turned it over to Deadspin.

For how Deadspin gained from this, go here.

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

He also does a regular guest spot each week for Chicagoland Sports Radio.com

You can follow him on Twitter @thesportsbank

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