Kurt Warner Says Favre Has Damaged Legacy
I like Kurt Warner.
He seems like a straight-up guy; good man and he was an honest, talented, hard-working QB. I liked it that he came on strongest as his career wound down.
So I’m not going to bash him here, only his thoughts on the Favre matter.
And believe me, I’ve been hearing many similar things from many other people as of late.
Warner gave an interview to the NFL Network in which he said he believed Favre’s legacy was “tarnished”, due to the ugly break with the Packers, his indecisiveness with retirement, his playing for other teams and now of course the sexting allegations, etc.
Personally I do agree with Warner on the waffling/skipping training camp/grand entrance routine. That got old.
But let’s also remember, he was allowed to do it.
God forbid someone call him on it – Packers – because he might get upset and want to quit.
Then, after twenty relatively quiet, respectable, mostly vicodin-free years, come the Jenn Sterger allegations along with the newly filed lawsuit against Favre and the Jets by two massage therapists. They’re claiming something along the lines of Brett hit on them, they rebuffed him and then were fired because of it.
I guess the moral of the story is that if you’re married and want to conduct yourself in a professional manner, don’t hit on co workers and don’t send pics of your unit to their phones.
I’m not at all advocating that you do that.
And we don’t know all the facts of the case.
But let’s assume for a moment – and from what little info has been released we could make this deduction – that he flirted with and/or asked out any of the women accusing him. They refused.
Again, married professional? You probably shouldn’t do that.
And if the two massage therapists brought it to the attention of management and were consequently dismissed, then that was wrong.
Stew over it for two years? I guess that’s their business.
And let’s assume that was his schlong in that picture and he did in fact send it totally unsolicited to Jenn Sterger. Two years ago. Let’s go one step further and assume she had already made it clear to him that she wasn’t interested. Asked him to please leave her alone. Told him it wasn’t proper office etiquette and he went and did it anyway?
No one needs to be harassed at work. If that’s how it all went down, he deserved some punishment. Anyone deserves to be reprimanded for that.
But since we’re assuming, lets assume for a moment all he did was flirt with/make passes at a few fellow adults? Unheard of in professional sports, I understand, but what if that’s all it was? They weren’t interested. There’s been no mention of him showing up at people’s front doors at night or sneaking through their windows.
Yes, classless. If it suits you, you have every right to label it as immoral.
Stupid, rude, gross, dumb.
But, why this calls for huge, media circus lawsuits – again, two years after the fact – is curious at the very least.
Also curious; after 18 years in the league, there were never so much as any previous whispers of him engaging in that sort of behavior.
That’s beyond curious.
Think of it: in this day and age, a superstar, record-setting, legend-in-the-making male athlete goes 18 years and not until now comes accusations of sexual impropriety???
Yes, he was a drunk in Atlanta. Liked to party. He was 22, 23. A kid. They kicked him out. He had Deanna and the Packers who seemingly then kicked his ass in line.
Then there was the vicodin problem; yes, the toughest QB in history, who started nearly 300 times, had some aches and pains. And maybe he should have stuck to Advil and Ben Gay.
But he made it right.
And in another twenty years, is all that, and what’s happened recently, all you’ll be focusing on when discussing #4?
Warner seems to think so. He went on to say that now when he thinks of Favre he thinks of all the recent chaos.
Could that have anything to do with the fact that the NFL dragged the Sterger thing out for weeks? That the new allegations just came out two days ago? That the end of the Vikings insane season is less than a week old?
Warner also called it the chaos of “the last couple of years”.
Yes, because Favre and the 2009 season was such an abomination. How the man could even show his face in public after statistically having the single greatest season of his career at the age of forty, is beyond me.
And lets look at this past season. Okay, he broke down at 41.
But a co-worker said yesterday that he blamed Favre for “90%” of what went wrong with the Vikes this season.
Really? That’s being awfully generous to former coach Brad Childress. To unforeseen weather related problems. To an endless myriad of key injury-plagued players. To Favre’s back ups.
Longtime fans will in the end remember the Packer glory years. I was raised to root against the Packers – yes, I’m from Wisconsin- and I never did quite understand/accept their fans righteousness and vitriol (I could be just blaming a few neighborhood d-bags from my youth for that, but anyway). I enjoy watching the Vikes and The Bears but boxing, and not football, is my sport.
So I was relatively indifferent to Favre until the drama and highs of 2009 swept me up.
Judge him however you want to, but until he kills his ex-wife, admits to years of steroid abuse or comes back once more to play for The Packers, this is what I’ll remember.