Brett Favre, Lookin' Like a Hound Dog

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Jan. 4 2011 1:42 PM

Brett Favre, Lookin' Like a Hound Dog

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Brett Favre looks like a man with a problem that's a pattern. The new sexual harassment suit brought by two massage therapists accusing Favre of sending suggestive text messages joins the earlier accusation that he sent penis pictures to Jets game-day reporter Jenn Sterger, along with voice mails inviting her to meet him at his hotel. The voice mail part Favre admitted to; the NFL fined him $50,000 last week. All of the bad behavior, with all three women, is supposed to date from 2008. If the allegations are true, it looks like a year of mid-life crisis for Favre, who, as Rachael has pointed out, was playing for the Jets after retiring from the Green Bay Packers, trying to come back, and getting into a fight with the team instead. Maybe he started chasing the girls even though he was supposed to be a good family man because he felt like he was getting old.

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In any case, in the new suit Favre mostly comes off as pathetic. Christina Scavo and Shannon O'Toole, the massage therapists, say he sent Scavo a text requesting a three-way ("Brett here, you and Crissy want to get together, I'm all alone") and another one ("Kinda lonely tonight, I guess I have bad intentions"). From the news reports, that looks like their strongest evidence against him. This seems run-of-the-mill hound-dog rather than eye-poppingly stupid, a la the penis shots. The problem for Favre, of course, is that it's all easier to believe because it's rolled up together.

Photograph of Brett Favre by Leon Halip/Getty Images.

Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and the author of Sticks and Stones

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