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Jenn Sterger Sets the Record Straight on Brett Favre

Jenn Sterger's story shouldn't be about Brett Favre, but about Jenn Sterger.

Jenn Sterger is setting the record straight about Brett Favre – and though the former QB has been in the news again the past couple of days, for not-so-great reasons, as is the way of Favre these days, Jenn Sterger’s story isn’t about Brett Favre, even if he plays an integral role. It’s about Jenn Sterger, as it should have always been.

It was, after all, Sterger who allegedly received explicit text messages, voice messages and photos from Brett Favre in 2008, when she was the sideline reporter for the New York Jets, and it was Sterger who was judged, took a beating online and in the media, and was dismissed by many people because of how she looked. Favre, meanwhile, admitted to sending voice messages, but never admitted to sending the photos. He was eventually fined by the NFL but received no other punishment for his alleged actions.

Fast forward to now and new allegations against Favre, again involving text messages, this time between Favre and former Gov. Phil Bryant. The messages allegedly show Bryant, Favre and others working to pull millions of welfare funds for a volleyball stadium for the University of Southern Mississippi. It’s not nearly the same thing Favre was accused of with in regards to Sterger, but it did prompt a response from her that gets to the heart of the issues with Favre.

Or, at least, the issues Sterger has faced because of Favre, and because of the fact that, in the public’s eye, she will always be linked to him. And though Sterger isn’t trying to relitigate a story that most people already know, she is indeed putting into perspective how Favre's actions have affected her, the alleged victim, much more than they have affected him.

“I believe in redemption when people have expressed remorse. Have done the work. And have taken that work out into the world to show you they learned something from it. Brett Favre has done none of that,” Sterger categorically states. She also goes on to point out that when bad people do bad things and there are no consequences, they continue to do bad things. Different bad things, perhaps, but bad things nonetheless.

Perhaps we’re better in this day and age. Maybe we’ve learned to listen to victims and not judge them for what was done to them. But Jenn Sterger’s post is a stark reminder that we still have a long way to go when it comes to how we judge alleged victims and alleged perpetrators – and the role that the media has to play in how these kinds of stories are framed.