Jenn Sterger Makes a Powerful Statement about Brett Favre and Sexual Harassment before #MeToo

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Hollywood’s #MeToo movement has brought the actions of many famous and powerful men to light, but this was not always the case. Jennifer Sterger, an ex-sports journalist and game host, shared her thoughts about her 2010 allegations. Brett Favre

Favre Condemned by Sterger of Sending Him Inappropriate Images and Texts

In 2010, DeadspinReports claim that Favre sent Sterger suggestional texts and voicemails during 2008’s football season asking her to visit his bedroom. He also included explicit photos of himself. Favre was playing for the New York Jets while Sterger was serving as sideline reporter.

Favre admitted that Favre sent the voicemails. However, he said that he had never sent Sterger any photographs. Favre was fined $50,000 for not cooperating with the investigation. Other than that, he did not suffer any other consequences. 

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The NFL stated that they were only investigating to see if Favre had broken workplace conduct policy. They claimed that there was no conclusive evidence.He was able to prove it. 

Sterger: ‘Not Only Disgusting. But Disheartening.’

Sterger recently tweeted about the situation after seeing a headline that covered Favre’s latest scandal. The text messages revealed that Favre and Phil Bryant, former Governor of Mississippi, used welfare funds to fund a $5 million volleyball facility at the University of Southern Mississippi. Favre’s daughter was a volleyball player at the school when the center was constructed.

“Days like today are always tough,”Sterger tweeted about the memories evoked by the flood of headlines about the former quarterback. “I want to act like my life isn’t still drastically impacted by another persons treatment of me, but that would be a lie. To think my legacy and everything anyone knows of me.. can be summed down to the title of ‘The Brett Favre Girl,’ is not only disgusting. But disheartening.”

She continued: “And every time sports has a #MeToo moment, I’m always somehow the Go-To expert. But what we haven’t addressed is this weird hero culture we have created around pro athletes that somehow grants them immunity to consequences…”

Sterger claims that Favre has never shown any regret for his actions

Jenn Sterger concluded her tweet thread with a devastating comparison between how much she’s had to do to deal with the situation and how little Favre has done to change. “I’m sorry ‘2010 me’ was not a good enough victim by societal standards because it was ‘pre #MeToo’ and the world wasn’t ready to face that maybe one of their heroes wasn’t the God they had built him up to be…I believe in redemption when people have: expressed remorse. Have done the work. And have taken that work out into the world to show you they learned something from it. Brett Favre has done none of that. I’m roadkill in his rear view..”

Sterger’s tweets about Favre are a reminder that, even though #MeToo is a relatively new movement, people have been speaking up about sexual harassment for years, suffering severe consequences for merely being a victim. Hopefully, pop culture can trend toward holding abusive celebrities’ accountable for their behavior rather than giving them more endorsements—and giving the people who were victimized a voice rather than a scarlet letter.

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