Jared Allen One-on-One: Vikings DE talks lockout, Brett Favre & “Homes 4 Wounded Warriors”

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen stands on the field during warm-ups before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago on November 14, 2010. UPI/Brian Kersey

Even if you’re a Green Bay Packer fan, it’s hard not to love Jared Allen.

That’s because the Minnesota Vikings defensive end plays with a fierce relentlessness, isn’t afraid to speak his mind, and is a guy that if you spent an hour with him you wouldn’t have the slightest idea he was a million dollar athlete.

Jared will be hosting his 2nd annual charity golf tournament called “Night-Ops II” on Saturday, June 18, which is an event that benefits his foundation “Homes 4 Wounded Warriors.” As Jared explains in the interview, the root of the foundation is that you “should feel your most comfortable at your most vulnerable state.” Thus, “Homes 4 Wounded Warriors” is about helping wounded soldiers by remolding their homes so that they’re handicap accessible. For someone who also has family members and friends that have served in the military, it’s a truly touching cause.

Jared also shared his thoughts on the lockout saga, whether or not Brett Favre’s situation was a major distraction for the 6-10 Vikings last year, and what quarterback he loves drilling the most. It would be an understatement to say that his answers weren’t entertaining.

For more on Jared Allen, including details and information on his “Homes 4 Wounded Warriors” foundation, check out his official website.

Jared Allen: Hey Anthony!

The Scores Report: Hey Jared! How are you?

JA: I’m doing well.

TSR: Is your schedule busy today?

JA: Not really – I’m actually just being lazy. I was supposed to play some golf and go for a mountain bike ride, but I’ve got the wrong size tube on my tires so…you know. (Laughs)

TSR: So here you are stuck talking to me. (Laughs)

JA: (Laughs) Yeah!

TSR: Your annual charity golf tournament goes to a fantastic cause. Can you fill readers in on how your foundation “Homes 4 Wounded Warriors” got started and what it’s all about?

JA: Absolutely. First of all, my family is all military. My grandfather spent 26 years in the Marine Corps, is a retired Marine Corps Captain, and my little brother is in the Marines. I think two of my uncles were Marines in ‘Nam and another one was in the Air Force for 30-some-odd-years. So I have a family lineage of military members, but I got to go on the USO tour and while it wasn’t exactly what my grandfather or uncles went through, I got a look into what our military services go through during the time of war. To be able to see first hand the sacrifices that they make on a daily basis was so humbling. It makes you realize how much we take for granted. After hearing about the multiple trips that these guys have made overseas, when I got back from the USO tour I realized I wanted to do more. I wanted to help and give back to our men and women that serve in the military. So I talked with an Army buddy of mine that’s been over to Iraq three times and we came up with the Jared Allen’s “Homes 4 Wounded Warriors” foundation. We based it on the idea that when you’re at home, you should feel your most comfortable at your most vulnerable state. I know that when I come home from a bad day, a tough practice or whatever it may be, I can breathe a sigh of relief. I know that I’m home and for that time, I’m relaxed and everything like that. So the one thing that we thought of was that the last thing that these soldiers should have to worry about is not being able to get around their house because they’re missing an arm, or a leg, or are blind, or whatever it may be. So that’s where we come in. We remodel an existing home or, if necessary, we completely build a new home so that it’s handicap accessible and fits the specific needs of our wounded vets. So that’s how we started and we just finished our first house in Minnesota for a staff sergeant up there. Now we’re focusing on building a couple of homes for some people down here in Arizona. We work directly with the V.A. so everyone is 100-percent medically discharged and I’ll tell you what, it’s been a cool thing.

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Jenn Sterger: Favre like “that guy at the bar who just could not get the hint”

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre walks off the field following their NFL football game against the New York Giants at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan December 13, 2010. Favre did not start in their game against the Giants, breaking his streak of 297 consecutive starts. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Jenn Sterger is speaking out for the first time since the sextenting scandal involving 41-year-old pervball Brett Favre. She appeared on part one of ABC’s Good Morning America’s two-part interview recently and said Favre was like that clueless guy at the bar who won’t take no for an answer.

From USA Today:

“He was like that guy at the bar who just could not get the hint,” Sterger told GMA anchor George Stephanopoulos.

Sterger thought of sexting as more “intimidating” than flattering. She kept putting off her pursuer. But it didn’t work. When she asked several unidentified friends/colleagues for advice, they urged her to stay silent to keep her job with the Jets.

Sterger thought it was all over when she left the Jets for an on-air job with the Versus network’s, The Daily Line, in 2009 and Favre moved over to the Minnesota Vikings. Then Deadspin.com broke the story in October, 2010. And Sterger said her world turned completely “upside down.”

She said: “I was trying to go to work. Do my job. But how are you supposed to report on the news when you are the news? It was tough. It was embarrassing. It was humiliating.”

Sterger claims that she never got a dime from Favre or anybody else for the story and I believe her. While it was stupid to confide in one of the editors from Deadspin, I don’t believe she was paid, or paid off during the scandal.

Of course, that doesn’t make her a victim either. I feel bad for her that she can’t land a job and was humiliated, but I think her attention-seeking ways finally caught up to her. I think at first she wanted to be known as the girl that Brett Favre was trying to “get with,” or else why would she have saved the texts and share them with Deadspin? I just think she never expected the story to take off the way it did and now she’s regretting it.

But hey, time heals all wounds. The nice thing about our society is that people have the attention span of a 2-year old. She’ll eventually land another job and she’ll eventually be able to (somewhat) put this behind her. She’ll always be connected to Lord Favre, but it won’t be as bad as it is now, and it definitely won’t be as bad as it was six months ago.

Jenn Sterger suing manager over potential Favre tell-all book

The victim of Brett Favre’s junk mail is in the news again, as former Jets’ employee Jenn Sterger is filing a lawsuit against her manager Phillip Reese. USA Today provides the details.

Brett Favre might want to keep an eye on a lawsuit filed by Jenn Sterger against her manager. At issue is ownership of the text messages allegedly exchanged between Favre and Sterger, which could become the topic of a book.

The lawsuit was first reported by the Tampa Tribune. Sterger is asking a Florida judge to invalidate a book agreement with manager Phillip Reese, who runs a public relations agency in New York. She contends Reese plans to use communications that Sterger received for a book of his own. Reese was unavailable for comment, the Tribune says.

Wait, wait, wait – Sterger’s manager wants to write a book about how Brett Favre texted his wrinkled war stick to his client? What’s the book going to be called, “Diary of an Shriveled Old Penis?”

Sterger claims that she never intended for anyone else to have use of the text and voice messages sent (or allegedly sent) by Favre. But memo to her, if you’re going to talk freely to one of the editors at Deadspin, it’s probably a good idea to leave out how a certain future Hall of Fame quarterback is sending you texts of his rod – especially if you don’t want to go through months of hell afterwards.

But hey, I’m just thinking out loud. You don’t what you want Jenn, you little vixen you.

Two women suing Brett Favre for sexual harassment

According to ABC News, two women are suing Brett Favre for sexual harassment after he made “lewd passes” at them while they were massage therapists for the Jets.

Christina Scavo and Shannon O’Toole, both former massage therapists for the New York Jets, filed suit against Favre, the New York Jets and Lisa Ripi, a woman who hires massage therapists for the team, in the Supreme Court of the State of New York today.

In the suit, Scavo alleges that Favre sent text messages to another unidentified massage therapist, asking Scavo and the unidentified woman to “get together” with Favre.

Scavo said that in 2008 while Favre was with the New York Jets, he treated her like a “hanging slab of meat.” In the suit she claims he wanted a three-way with her and another therapist.

Favre allegedly texted the unidentified therapist, writing, “Brett here, you and Crissy want to get together, I’m all alone,” according to the lawsuit.

Favre allegedly sent another text message reading, “Kinda lonely tonight, I guess I have
bad intentions.”

Scavo claimed that after she refused Favre’s advances and had her husband, Joseph Scavo, call Favre to demand an apology, both Scavo and the other plaintiff, Shannon O’Toole, were never offered work with the Jets again.

Scavo’s husband said he confronted the quarterback to stop soliciting his wife and asked for an apology, but Favre “responded in an inappropriate manner and refused,” according to the lawsuit.

This is what Jenn Sterger should have done if she was serious about wanting Favre to be punished for “harassing” her: file a lawsuit and let the courts deal with it. Instead, Sterger and her overpaid lawyer demanded that the NFL punish Favre and then stated how disappointed they were that the league only fined him. Get real.

When these women first made headlines with their Favre story, some people thought they were just trying to get their 15 minutes of fame and follow in Sterger’s footsteps. But this suit proves that they mean business.

Favre won’t be able to duck the court system like he did with the NFL when it came to the Sterger investigation. The Supreme Court isn’t going to fine him $50,000 for lack of cooperation and send him on his way. They’re going to come after him hard.

This just proves that our pasts will come back to haunt as at some point.

Leo Sterger adds to the circus that is the Brett Favre scandal

Jenn Sterger’s father Leo better not meet Brett Favre down a dark alley or else they’ll be hell to pay.

His words – not mine.

From the New York Daily News:

Leo Sterger, whose daughter allegedly received unwelcome genitalia photos from Favre, says he is “absolutely furious” that the NFL let the Vikings quarterback off with a $50,000 fine Wednesday after Favre did not fully cooperate with the league’s two-month investigation into the matter.

“I better not meet that guy down a dark alley,” the elder Sterger told Radar Online Thursday. “Their decision is a complete travesty to women, and they are just treating him this way because he is the NFL’s golden boy.”

This entire situation has become a joke for all parties involved. First and foremost, Favre is a creep for sending Sterger pictures of his frank and beans (or was it just of his frank?) when he’s a married man. After she stopped his advances the first time, he should have called it a day and moved on. Why he thought sending her a text of his junk would make her swoon is beyond me.

Sterger needs a reality check, too. What was her end game here? She said the reason she kept the photos and messages was so that she could laugh at them later with her friends. Clearly she never felt in danger so she can’t get away with playing the victim. If she felt harassed, she should have said something right away. Or if she was too embarrassed and that’s why she waited, then her lawyer should have told her to file a sexual harassment suit on Favre instead of demanding that the NFL take care of the situation.

The NFL’s policy has always been to let the legal process carry out first. But since Sterger and her lawyer decided to force the league to play judge, jury and executioner, then they’ll have to settle with Favre’s punishment. Was it a slap on the wrist? Yeah. The guy made $16.5 million this year and was fined one percent of that. He’ll make that money back when he scratches his ass on the sideline this Sunday in Detroit. But if Sterger’s camp wanted stiffer (no pun intended) punishment, then it should have filed a harassment suit and went from there. Unless of course, they knew her story wouldn’t stand up in court and so they decided to force the NFL’s hand.

Either way, this situation has turned into a circus. The NFL’s decision is a travesty to women? Get real. If you want a true victim in this situation, look no farther than Deanna Favre. Think about the embarrassment she’s suffered in all of this.

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