Favre, who announced on Sunday that he is retiring from the National Football League (again), is being sued by former Jets massage therapists for acts alleged to have occurred in 2008, when he was playing for the Jets.
Asked on the ABC TV program “Good Morning America” why the lawsuits were coming now, after Favre’s retirement, lawyer Elizabeth Eilander said “It’s clear that there’s no change going on at the Jets, and it’s not right, and it happens to be illegal.” She added, “He was propositioning my client and another massage therapist repeatedly.” Eilander said her client’s husband saw one of the text messages and contacted Favre, who in response was “inappropriate” and “very arrogant” and “used some choice language,” she said.”
In a report on Monday, ABC News named the therapists as Christina Scavo and Shannon O’Toole and said they had filed suit against Favre, the Jets and Lisa Ripi, a woman who hires massage therapists for the team, in New York state Supreme Court. The Jets and the NFL had no comment on the matter, ABC said. It said requests for comment from Favre’s agent and his latest team, the Minnesota Vikings, were not immediately returned. The suit alleges Favre made unwanted sexual advances to the women and the Jets stopped offering them work after they complained.
The NFL last week fined Favre $50,000 for what it said was a failure to cooperate with a league investigation of a separate alleged incident involving another female Jets employee. Favre was accused of sending that woman, Jenn Sterger, lewd photos and suggestive text messages while both were with the Jets in 2008.
Favre was one of the most decorated quarterbacks in NFL history over a career spanning two decades. He was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player three times and to the Pro Bowl All-Star team 11 times. He guided the Green Bay Packers to a Super Bowl victory in 1997.