But when Deadspin later published the voice mails and the pictures, there was less to the story than might have been expected. The voice mails contained a voice that sure sounded like Favre asking Sterger to get together, but there was nothing overtly sexual in anything Favre said. And, yes, Deadspin published some racy photos supposedly sent to Sterger, but there was no proof that Favre was involved.
And so it appeared that Favre had a pretty solid alibi: He could admit leaving the voice mails, but say he just wanted to get together with Sterger for a friendly dinner, not for anything untoward. And he could deny sending the photographs.
According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, that's exactly what Favre said in his meeting with NFL security last week: He did leave Sterger voice mails, but he didn't send her inappropriate pictures.
"Favre admitted, from what I'm told, to leaving voice messages on the Jenn Sterger's -- a former Jets employee -- voice mail," Glazer said on FOX's Sunday NFL pregame show. "He denied sending pictures not appropriate to her. Here's the deal. The NFL was hoping to have the entire thing wrapped up this past week. Didn't happen. I know they want this thing wrapped up this coming week. Right now it depends on whether or not Jenn Sterger talks or not. Her manager is saying her silence cannot be bought."
That may very well be enough for Favre to put this whole mess behind him.
It would be different if Sterger were coming forward and claiming that the voice mails and the photos came from Favre's phone. If Sterger were making these accusations publicly, the NFL would have to weigh her claims against Favre's claims and attempt to determine who's lying and who's telling the truth.
But this isn't he-said, she-said. Sterger isn't saying anything to anyone. She hasn't come forward to meet with NFL security, she hasn't spoken on the record to any reporters, and she hasn't even spoken on Versus, where she works.
While Sterger is reportedly "strongly considering" talking to NFL about the scandal, unless she comes forward to say something soon, Favre may be in the clear here. He has given the NFL his side of the story, and it's at least a plausible enough story that the NFL can choose to believe it if Sterger isn't saying anything different. These allegations stem from two years ago, and the NFL is going to want to end its investigation soon. Barring Sterger speaking out in the next week, expect the investigation to end in a way that doesn't result in the league disciplining Favre.
Brett Favre is greeted by boos from the Lambeau faithful Sunday night.