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Posted at 8:35 AM ET, 01/ 4/2011

Brett Favre sued by Jets' former massage therapists

By Cindy Boren

Two massage therapists filed suit in a New York City court, alleging that their complaints about sexually suggestive text messages from Brett Favre when he was playing for the New York Jets cost them their part-time jobs with the team.

Christina Scavo and Shannon O'Toole named Favre, the Jets and Lisa Ripi, a massage coordinator, in the suit, which was filed Monday. They allege that Favre sent a third, unidentified massage therapist who was not a party in the suit a text message saying: "Brett here. You and Crissy want to get together? I'm all alone. Kinda lonely tonight. I guess I have bad intentions."

The third therapist showed Scavo the message; she showed it to her husband and he asked Favre, according to the suit, to apologize and stop. Favre "refused," and "responded in an inappropriate manner," the suit said.

When Ripi was told of the incident, the suit alleges she told Scavo she would "never work for the Jets again." "For sure feel horrible that u had to go thru that w/a pervert," Ripi wrote, according to the suit.

Favre, who said Sunday he will retire, was fined $50,000 by the NFL for not cooperating with its investigation into an incident involving Favre and Jenn Sterger, a former Jets employee. Favre allegedly texted her lewd photos and left inappropriate voice messages. He has admitted to the latter. David Jaroslawicz, a lawyer for Scavo and O'Toole, said his clients opted to sue because of what they felt was a slap on the wrist by the NFL.

"They had a smoking gun, those pictures, and just to do nothing?" Jaroslawicz said. "The NFL apparently thought it better to let him retire."

The Jets issued a statement from Gary H. Glaser, the team's employment counsel, on the suit:

"Unfortunately, the plaintiffs never reported the allegations to the Jets, either during or after the conclusion of their work. The case against the Jets is completely without merit, and we look forward to defending the matter in court, where we are confident that the Jets will prevail."

Favre's agent did not return calls and Ripi could not be reached by the Daily News.

By Cindy Boren  | January 4, 2011; 8:35 AM ET
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Way to go, Brett. At least the massage therapists were females.

Posted by: randysbailin | January 4, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

"Way to go, Brett. At least the massage therapists were females"

And I'll bet they still are.

Posted by: Davidd1 | January 4, 2011 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Jeez Brett, you must really, really want to lose half your stuff.

Posted by: ozpunk | January 4, 2011 11:15 AM | Report abuse

They just want their jobs back and changes in the NFL.

Oh, and money. Lots of money.

This happened in 2008, but only now did they realize just how miserable their lives have become. You know, without the money they can get from Favre.

They got fired for going OUTSIDE the Jets organization instead of trying to resolve it through the normal process. You know, so they could get more money.

Posted by: postfan1 | January 4, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

C'mon man, these a re Jersey girls!!! They like that nasty sh_ t!

Posted by: lek91091 | January 4, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Time to jump on the bandwagon.......People are soooo funny!

Posted by: awfulexcuse1 | January 4, 2011 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Favre should sue them for entrapment.

Her name is really Shannon O'Toole? C'mon. Sounds like a massage therapist out of a James Bond movie.

Next, Favre will get sued by a Hooters waitress.

Posted by: postfan1 | January 4, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Next, Favre will get sued by a Hooters waitress.

Posted by: postfan1 | January 4, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse


You know it.

Can anyone think of a worse abuse of the sexual harassment laws than female massage therapists complaining about the joking words of the males who they perform their services upon?

Posted by: blasmaic | January 4, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Dem girls and a lawyer or two are just seeing $$$$$$$$$$

Posted by: FLvet | January 4, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

So how much money are the ho-bags looking for?

Posted by: luca_20009 | January 4, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

With all that $$$ he's got couldn't he just buy himself some decent, legit hookers? Guess that'll be the finale to Brett's legacy.

Posted by: footballfreak | January 4, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

tee hee, I can get money and fame if I sue Favre too! GRRL POWER!

Posted by: scoran | January 4, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Gee, I must have missed that class in massage school that said that if you are female and a massage therapist, you have no right to not be sexually harassed, and you are in fact a "ho-bag." (luca's really up to date with his 80s slang terms) And if you refuse advances (which would suggest that you're NOT a "ho-bag") you deserve to lose employment.

Yes, and Shannon should have changed her name because clearly she should have known that such a name invites unwanted sexual advances, and in fact would make such advances her own darn fault. What can these women be thinking?

And yet, it seems clear that they did inform Jets management, since they have a message responding to the allegation from Ripa. If they are just looking for money, yet have no evidence, they wouldn't expect to win a lawsuit, now would they? And if they do have evidence, then maybe we should let the court consider it before deciding that these women are "ho-bags." And maybe we should be slightly skeptical about a guy who admits making inappropriate phone calls to another Jets staff member.

But that's ok guys, don't let facts get in the way of your misogyny and infantile hero worship.

Posted by: mbh42 | January 4, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Not much grounds for a suit, but for those interested in dating a recently divorced (and not to mention rich) female formerly married to an NFL quarterback, keep your eyes on the news. I think this "mystery" woman will be available soon!

Posted by: jrussell1 | January 4, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Two problems, The husband of one woman threatens Brett Favre and the women aren't employees of the Jets.

If the husband made threatening comments to Brett Favre, that is the wrong way to respond to potential harassment. The threatening comments, even from a spouse, would be enough for the Jets to sever the relationship in the interest of protecting their players from harm.

The two women weren't even employees of the Jets, they were independent contractors. The checks and check stubs included as exhibits (See actual lawsuit filing on internet) didn't have any of the typical employee deductions for taxes or Social Security.

Posted by: Chris_Virginia | January 4, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

You're an idiot Favre..didn't you learn anything from Tiger's texting mistakes? Now go cry somewhere.

Posted by: rryan007 | January 4, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Hi. I'm Brett - a lowlife redneck with alot of money. Wanna mess around?

Posted by: AsstGM | January 4, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

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