The attorney for Jenn Sterger told Newsday yesterday that the former Jets’ game day host may go public with her story about her relationship with former Jets quarterback Brett Favre if the NFL doesn’t sanction Favre over allegations that he violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
Attorney Joseph Conway of LaRusso & Conway in Mineola said he has been told the NFL has concluded its investigation into a case alleging that Favre sent Sterger inappropriate texts and photos during the quarterback’s one-year stint with the Jets. Conway said he has been told the matter is now in the hands of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. League spokesman Greg Aiello indicated there is no timetable for a decision about whether Favre will be sanctioned.
But Conway said that if Favre is not punished by the league, he will consider other legal alternatives for Sterger, and did not rule out the possibility that she will tell her story publicly.
“I think the material we turned over and the other information is a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy,” Conway said. “We hope they rule that way. If they rule differently, then we’ll take whatever steps we have to take. We have legal remedies that are available to us. If Ms. Sterger chooses, she could speak out publicly and give her side of the events.”
Conway said he believes the evidence is sufficient to result in the league punishing Favre, who is expected to make his 298th straight start on Sunday against the Giants.
“I believe that what we turned over, when you look at the totality of the evidence, clearly shows that he overstepped the boundaries here with what he did,” Conway said. (graph)
Conway also said there have been no settlement talks with Favre and his attorney, Bus Cook.
“It’s not totally about money and being compensated,” Conway said. “It’s about getting justice. We believe she was wronged.”
Asked why Sterger didn’t bring up the matter at the time it happened, Conway said she had initially preferred that it not become public. Allegations of the texts and pictures were first published on Deadspin.com in August, 2010, and the NFL began its investigation in October.
“She wanted to move forward and put this ugly episode behind,” Conway said. “Once the NFL began its investigation, there was no turning back.”