Brett Favre admits his reputation's at stake [UPDATED]

Update: Favre talked to his teammates about the distraction. More after the jump.

The Vikings take on the Jets tonight, but quarterback Brett Favre is figuring out how to take on allegations that he sexted photographs of his penis to Jenn Sterger.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has confirmed that the league is looking into the scandalous photos made public last week and that we posted here.

Favre has twice now refused to confirm or deny the veracity of the photos, published originally by Deadspin, in an interview with ESPN. But he knows the story is, at the very least, a huge distraction on the eve his debut with Randy Moss.

"It [Favre's reputation] has always been important to me," Favre told ESPN. "That was one of the first questions I answered when I signed here [Minnesota]. Sure it is important to me, it has always been a concern."

Deadspin has openly defied ESPN's on-air hosts to duck the matter on their prime time broadcast tonight. And that was before another woman, a masseuse, came forward to accuse him of treating her like a piece of hanging meat.

Update: ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that Favre apologized to his teammates at their hotel in New Jersey on Monday "for being a distraction."

A source told Mortensen that the NFL also wants to interview one and possibly both massage therapists who also were reportedly sent inappropriate text messages by Favre.

Meanwhile, ESPN is looking at ratings gold with the thought of all those eyes and ears tuning in tonight to hear about our Viking gunslinger's junk.

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