Just as Brett Favre seems to be getting back in the groove, the story about his itchy cell phone thumb is back in play.
Jenn Sterger spent three hours yesterday with NFL security officials, going into detail about Favre's alleged, unwanted sexting come-ons.
Update: Add this to the mix. Favre says he's done playing at the end of this season. More after the jump.[jump]
He shook his head and said, "No," when asked by Steve Mariucci on the NFL Network whether he'd be back in 2011.
Meanwhile, Sterger's interview is the final piece of a puzzle that started when Deadspin published voicemails and penis pictures that it said came from Favre's phone, back when he played for the Jets in 2008. Sterger was a sideline host at the time.
The married father of two admitted to the NFL in October that he left messages for Sterger, but he denied sending the photos.
Sterger's lawyer, Joseph Conway, told the New York Post that his client went deep with the NFL, "a substantial amount beyond what had already been reported." Her manager, Phil Reese, said Sterger handed over "substantial materials."
This is bad news for Favre on several fronts, quite aside from the unholy mess it must be playing with his family life.
The most obvious and immediate issue is whether the NFL will look at the evidence and decide to punish the Vikings quarterback for violating league rules. That could mean a suspension a-la Ben Roethlisberger, sack his record-breaking streak as a starter, and bury the 3-5 Vikings deeper in chaos.
Then there's the matter of what Sterger may do off the NFL playing field. Those "substantial materials" might mean that she's laying the groundwork for a civil lawsuit. Conway, a former prosecutor, hasn't indicated that's in his playbook. Yet.
The Favre File:
- Jenn Sterger claims Brett Favre penis pictures
- Deadspin defends Brett Favre naked in crocs story
- Gawker's Nick Denton claims moral high ground on Brett Favre penis post
- Slideshow: Naked in Crocs, A Favre Fantasy
- Deadspin says it will publish Brett Favre penis pics
- Brett Favre's penis revealed by Deadspin (Warning: Graphic photos)
- NFL checks out Brett Favre's penis
- Masseuse claims Brett Favre sexual harassment
- Favre admits his reputation's at stake
- Favre sexting on Monday Night Football
- Favre sexting story eclipses 500th TD pass
- Brett Favre's still bad to the bone for Wrangler
- Favre's penis can't catch a break (Video)
- Stephen Colbert on Brett Favre's jock (Video)
- Gregory Favre disavows cousin Brett's predicament
- Favre's little quarterback stars in animated movie (Video)
- Bill Maher on Brett Favre: Pee-pee wrong stalking (Video)
- Brett Favre Wrangler ads cut from NFL broadcasts
- Jenn Sterger lawyers up
- Deanna Favre on 'Good Morning America' and 'Fox & Friends' (Video)
- Jimmy Kimmel gets into Brett Favre's Wranglers (Video)
- Favre left Sterger voicemails, not penis pictures
- Allison Torres: I saw Favre's penis sext too
- Jenn Sterger's Versus show canceled over limp ratings
- Jenn Sterger readying legal blitz on Brett Favre?
- Conan O'Brien returns with Brett Favre's penis (Video)