Report: Brett Favre apologizes to Vikings for being distraction
Updated at 2:25 p.m.
Brett Favre apologized today to his Minnesota Vikings teammates for being a distraction to them.
Favre, according to a report by ESPN's Chris Mortensen apologized during a team meeting this morning and told his teammates he is prepared to play "lights out tonight", Mortensen reported.
The Vikings play the Jets tonight in New Jersey's New Meadowlands.
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The NFL investigation into allegations that Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre sent inappropriate photos and messages to a female New York Jets employee is continuing and when it is completed Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league would "make a determination" about whether Favre should be punished.
"We are going through that and we are making sure we understand all the facts," Goodell said at halftime of the Chargers-Raiders game in Oakland. ESPN reports that the investigation, which began Thursday, is on a fast track.
ESPN reports that Favre, whose Vikings play the Jets tonight, was asked about the allegations at a "Monday Night Football" production meeting and would not comment directly on them, other than to say he has not been contacted by the NFL.
"My main focus is the New York Jets, they are a tough team; as good as they are that has been my focus," Favre told ESPN. "I hate in any way if this has been a distraction as I said Thursday -- we are here focused on trying to beat the Jets."
As for the allegations and investigation, Favre said: "That will take its course."
Favre, according to Deadspin reports, allegedly left voicemails and texted lewd photos to Jenn Sterger, who worked for the Jets at the time and now works for Versus. Reports involving Favre, a 41-year-old father of two and a grandfather, and two female massage therapists who worked part-time for the team surfaced Friday. ESPN reports that investigators have not yet interviewed Sterger or the massage therapists.
Favre said he would have "no problem with talking to the commissioner" if he is asked.
If Favre is found to have violated the league's personal conduct policy, he could face a fine and/or suspension and there is a recent significant precedent for punishment; Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger just finished serving a four-game suspension for violating the conduct policy.
"Don't automatically assume that Favre, if found culpable in this case, is going to get a suspension because he has no previous violations of the Personal Conduct Policy," Peter King, who covers the NFL for NBC and Sports Illustrated, told Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio on Sunday night. But, he added: "They could find the offense so heinous that they could suspend him, but it's not automatic."
The allegations certainly add another level of spice to tonight's game between the Vikings and Jets in New York -- not that Favre's return to the Jets, for whom he played in 2008, needed it.
"We just talk about what's out there and look it right in the eye and deal with it to the extent we can," Childress said Saturday of the allegations. "It doesn't affect anybody else in this locker room, except Brett Favre."
The Vikings, at 1-2, need a win and the game tonight features the return of Randy Moss to the Vikings. That ought to be enough for anyone. Instead, Moss was involved in a little drama of his own, as reports of a dustup with Tom Brady about hair surfaced Sunday. Good grief. Sexts and voicemails and manspats over Brady's Bieber-hair? This is some NFL season we've got here.
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