As Brett Favre enjoyed the first official day of retirement, his obligation with the Vikings completed, ABC News reported that two massage therapists – Christina Salvo and Shannon O'Toole – that worked for the Jets have filed a lawsuit against Favre, the Jets and Lisa Ripi, the Jets employee who hires massage therapists for the team in the Supreme Court of the State of New York.
Scavo claims that Favre sent text massages to another unidentified massage therapist requesting that the two women "get together" with Favre. The suit comes only days after Favre was fined $50,000 by the league for not being forthcoming in its investigation of claims of Sterger, another former Jets employee.
Scavo alleges Favre sent a text message to the unidentified woman claiming he was alone, following it up with a text message that said, "Kinda lonely tonight. I guess I have bad intentions."
In the suit, Scavo, who is married, said she refused Favre's advances and had her husband call to demand an apology. Following the alleged incident, neither Scavo nor O'Toole were never offered work again with the Jets.
Ripi, who was in charge of assigning massage therapists, is included in the suit, is alleged to have sent a text to Scavo, writing, "for sure feel horrible that u had to thru that [with] a pervet…however I truly wish you would've come forward at the time it happened," going on to say that she wished it would have been "handled internally the way it should be."
As with the Sterger case, it's unclear why it took two years for these charges to come forward. It would seem that Favre won't be able to ease into retirement, but, with an unidentified third person who is alleged to actually have received the text messages, it might be difficult to prove in court that the messages actually came from Favre.
Whether Favre did or didn't send the text messages, it would appear that his legacy is being significantly damaged.
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.