Jenn Sterger, the woman at the center of the Brett Favre sexting scandal, gave her first-ever interview on the subject to Good Morning America today. The 27-year-old model and TV personality revealed a piece of information almost as shocking as the NSFW text messages and pictures Favre allegedly sent her back in 2008: Sterger has never met Favre, nor did she ever give him her phone number.
“I don’t know him, I’ve never met him,” Sterger told GMA anchor George Stephanopoulos. “I’ve never met the man.” According to Sterger, the extent of their real-world contact was passing each other in the tunnel to the stadium, as she would any other New York Jets player.
Sterger also explained the reason she has kept quiet for so long. (The story broke in 2010 but the text messages and voice mails in question are from 2008).
“I didn’t want anything to do with it,” the former Jets Gameday Host explained. “The only reason I feel I have to give this interview is for me, for my family. This has nothing to do with Brett Favre, it doesn’t. I just want people to know me, and that I’m not a gold digger, not a home wrecker.”
Back in 2008, Sterger was a recently-hired sidelines TV personality for the Jets, joining them around the same time a very famous Green Bay Packers QB turned in his 16-year-old green-and-gold to join the Jets for what would turn out to be a one-year stint as their quarterback. But according to Sterger’s interview, Favre had his eye on her even before the season began. “I was approached one day at the beginning of the pre-season by a man wearing the Jets’ employee badge, who asked, ‘How would you feel if Brett Favre asked for your phone number, what would you say?’ And I just looked at him and said — my usual smart-ass self — ‘I’d say I like my job an awful lot, and I’ve been told I look remarkably like his wife. Have a good day, have a good day.’ And I walked away and that was the end of it.”
But that, of course, didn’t close the matter. A series of text messages, voicemail invitations over to a hotel and genital-centric pictures followed (Favre has admitted to the voicemails but denies the photos). Sterger explained that at the time, she conferred with friends and decided to keep quiet because she didn’t want the scandal to interfere with her job (although she ended up leaving the Jets in May 2009 regardless). “It was tough. It was embarrassing. It was humiliating,” Sterger said. “All I wanted to do was go to work. Do my job. That’s all I wanted.”
When Stephanopoulos indirectly asked if there wasn’t any part of her that felt complimented, she responded without hesitation. “It wasn’t flattering, if that’s what you’re implying. He’s married and more than anything, I felt like it was intimidating.” Watch a clip of the interview below.