This one came out of left field.
Now-presumably-retired Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre is being sued for sexual harassment, but not by Jenn Sterger.
Favre was hit with the lawsuit by Christina Scavo and Shannon O’Toole, who massage therapists who formerly worked for the New York Jets. The suit, which was filed in the New York state Supreme Court, also names the Jets and Lisa Ripi, a woman who hires massage therapists for the team.
The suit alleges Favre tried to solicit a threesome from Scavo and another woman and that he sent text messages, including “Brett here, you and Crissy want to get together, I’m all alone,” and “Kinda lonely tonight, I guess I have bad intentions.”
Scavo says she had her husband call Favre to demand an apology and subsequently, she and O’Toole were never offered work by the Jets again.
“I suspect that this case is only the tip of the iceberg with respect to the harassment and discrimination experienced by women working for NFL teams and their players as well as all of men’s professional sports. I hope that Ms. Scavo’s and Ms. O’Toole’s courage to bring this suit will empower other women to come forward without fear of retaliation and retribution in order to protect their livelihoods and self-respect,” Elizabeth Eilender, the plaintiffs’ attorney, said in a statement.
The allegations were first reported by Deadspin in October, but the women didn’t come forward at the time.
Favre was fined $50,000 for not cooperating with the NFL while the league was investigating the incident involving dick photos, the quarterback and Sterger, who was also a Jets employee during Favre’s tenure with the team.
You can view the lawsuit here.