Favre-Sterger drama takes a new turn

The allegations against Brett Favre sending inappropriate messages to a former Jets employee may take a new investigative turn. It sounds like evidence is mounting that Sterger's camp was seeking a cash settlement.

What's a Tuesday in Vikings country without drama? With the head coach's office barely into the Leslie Frazier era, the Brett Favre texting saga has taken yet another turn – this time potentially prompting law enforcement to get involved rather than an NFL investigation.

On Tuesday, Phil Reese, the manager of Jenn Sterger, a former Jets game day hostess, is making explosive claims.

Reese told The Associated Press that he called Bus Cook, Favre's agent, to let him know about an Internet story – first thrown out by Deadspin.com – that was going to purport that lewd photos had been sent by Favre to Sterger. Apparently, Reese was doing a pre-emptive professional courtesy.

However, Reese said that Cook's response was to ask "if there was a specific figure that could make this go away."

Asked about that, Cook responded with a statement claiming that Sterger's manager and lawyer have made "numerous overtures to me" – claiming six such calls between the two of them. Cook said there was never any intention of paying them because there is no reason to pay them, adding that "their attempts to negotiate privately and through the media have failed."

If it can be proved that Sterger's people were seeking out some form of cash settlement, extortion is a crime that is investigated and prosecuted. It would seem the truth lies somewhere in between the polar opposite stories being told by the agents. But, if there is a case of hush money being thrown around or blackmail being requested, this story may have more legs than anyone could have imagined.


  • After a couple years of near-anonymity, Ryan Cook may be thrust back into the limelight. The former offensive right tackle replaced Anthony Herrera at right guard when Herrera suffered a season-ending knee injury early in Sunday's game. He may be looking to revive his career and his final six games may be something for fans to watch to see how he holds up and whether he can find his niche at guard after playing center in college and right tackle in the pros.

  • In an interview on Sirius NFL Radio Monday, receiver Benard Berrian described former head coach Brad Childress as "too confrontational." Berrian went on to say that he thought Childress lost the locker room and that the situation was "too overbearing."

  • The sale of Brett Favre jerseys were No. 1 last season. Not surprisingly, in the most recent numbers of jersey sales, Favre had dropped to No. 5 – behind Tim Tebow (what?), Drew Brees, Troy Polamalu and Peyton Manning. It also begs the question who would just become a Manning fan now. It would seem if you're a fan, you would have broken down years ago to buy one.

  • Favre is falling in the sales charts, but still found a way to hold Aaron Rodgers, who clocked in at No. 6.

    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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