Jenn Sterger, the former New York Jets game day hostess who was at the center of the Brett Favre sexting scandal, says she's never met the three-time NFL MVP who allegedly sent her sexually suggestive texts, voicemails and photos.
Sterger, who talked candidly about the scandal during an exclusive interview with George Stephanopoulos that aired on "Good Morning America" today, said she doesn't know Favre personally -- and has no plans to do so.
"I've never met him. We've never met," she said, adding that the closest she's been to him was when they would pass each other in the tunnels at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey.
That they never met wasn't for lack on trying on Favre's part, Sterger said. "He was like that guy at the bar that just could not get the hint ...," she said.
Website Exposes 'Sext' Messages
Favre, a married father of two, has one of the most storied careers in football, but his career was overshadowed by scandal in October when the sports blog Deadspin.com posted voicemails and nude pictures Favre allegedly sent to Sterger when he played for the Jets in 2008.
Favre has admitted to leaving the voicemails but not to sending inappropriate pictures of himself.
"Wanted to have you come over tonight -- love to see you tonight," one recording said.
And another voicemail:
"I'm still trying, just got done with practice. I'll try the other phone you're probably caller ID'ing me but if you can make it, it would be great."
"I didn't want anything to do with it. That's the thing," Sterger said. "I didn't want anything to do with it in 2008, I (didn't) want anything to do with it in 2010. I still don't want anything to do with it now. The only reason I feel like I have to give this interview is ... for me. For my family. This has nothing to do with Brett Favre. It doesn't. I just want people to know me. And to know that I'm not a gold-digger. And I'm not a home-wrecker."
The NFL said it "could not conclude" that Favre sent the messages, but fined him $50,000 in December and issued a reprimand. According to the league, Favre had not been "candid in several respects during the investigation, resulting in a longer review and additional negative public attention."
Critics were outraged at the apparent paltry figure of the fine. Favre made millions of dollars per year.
Favre is also facing a lawsuit filed by two female massage therapists who allege the football legend sent sexually suggestive texts, and that they lost work with the Jets when they refused his requests for a ménage-a-trois.
Favre officially ended his 20-year NFL career in January after an injury-prone season with the Minnesota Vikings.
Sterger said she has stayed out of the spotlight in recent months to rebuild her career, but said the ordeal turned her life "upside down."
"You know, I was trying to go to work. Do my job," she said. "But how are you supposed to report on the news when you are the news. ... It was tough. It was embarrassing. It was humiliating. All I wanted to do was go to work. Do my job. That's all I wanted."
Sterger always had her sights set on a career that would put her in the public eye.