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Favre apologizes for scandal distraction before defeat

AFP, NEW YORK

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre told ESPN he apologized to his teammates on Monday for being a distraction because of reports that surfaced last week.

Allegations that Favre sent lewd photos and phone messages to a former employee of the New York Jets, Jenn Sterger, were reported by the Web site Deadspin last week and are under a fast track investigation by the NFL.

Sterger reportedly has yet to speak with NFL investigators but is willing to cooperate with a probe that could lead to a punishment imposed by the league, provided officials find enough evidence to support the claims.

Asked about the scandal, Favre told the US sport telecaster, “That will take its course,” and added, “I hate in any way if this has been a distraction.”

Favre refused to make any additional comments on the controversy following the Vikings defeat by the Jets on Monday.

“I said what I had to say,” Favre said. “If you want to talk about football, well, I can’t say I would love to talk about football [after losing].”

“If you want to talk about what happened in the football game, I’d love to,” he said.

Asked if he would talk about what he told his teammates in their morning meeting, he said, “That’s between me and my teammates.”

Asked if he was embarrassed about the scandal, Favre replied, “I’m embarrassed we lost this football game.”

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said no decision on possible action against Favre will be made until the investigation is completed.

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