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Favre says sorry to Viking teammates

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brett Favre has apologized to the Minnesota Vikings for the distraction caused by an NFL investigation into allegations that he sent racy messages and lewd photos to a Jets game hostess in 2008.

A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Favre spoke to his teammates Monday while they were preparing to play the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk publicly about the conversation.

ESPN first reported on Favre's apology.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that the league is looking to "find out all the facts" regarding the Favre allegations and that once the investigation is finished "then we'll determine what the next step is from there, if any."

Goodell spoke in Chicago, where he is attending league meetings. There was no indication from the NFL when the investigation would be complete or when the league would talk to the quarterback.

The NFL is trying to determine if Favre, a three-time MVP, violated its personal conduct policy. Should the league find he did, Favre could be fined or suspended.

"The first thing you want to do is find out the facts, and that's what we're trying to do," Goodell said. "We're trying to find out all the facts around it and then once we determine those facts, then we'll determine what the next step is from there, if any."

After a long stretch with Green Bay, where he won a Super Bowl, Favre played for New York in 2008 and then signed with the Vikings last year.

Last week, the website Deadspin posted a story which included several voicemails allegedly sent by Favre to Jenn Sterger, who worked for the Jets while Favre was with the team. The voicemails include a man asking to meet with Sterger, who now is a TV personality for the Versus network. The website posted a video that contained the voicemails and several graphic photos -- said to be of Favre -- that were allegedly sent to Sterger's cell phone.

Sterger's manager, Phil Reese, has declined to say if his client is cooperating with the NFL or has retained a lawyer, but issued a statement Monday saying that "we're looking at all our options right now and our only concern is what's in Jenn's best interest."

A person familiar with the situation told the AP that Sterger has not yet spoken to the league. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment.

Deadspin also reported that Favre pursued two female massage therapists who worked part time for the team, according to one of the women. Deadspin did not identify the women, but a Jets spokesman said the team was giving contact information for the two women to the league.

Favre's only public comment on the reports came last Thursday: "I'm not getting into that. I've got my hands full with the Jets and am trying to get some timing down with our guys, so that's all I'm going to discuss."

Even before last week's reports about Favre, the game had generated buzz because of his return to New York. The Vikings' trade for star receiver Randy Moss and the return of Jets All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis made the plot even thicker.

The Vikings-Jets matchup is sure to draw a boisterous crowd to the New Meadowlands Stadium. According to the Jets, signs and banners are not permitted in the stadium. Violators will have the sign confiscated and are subject to ejection.

Vikings coach Brad Childress said on Saturday that the reports have not been a distraction, and receiver Percy Harvin said the team was in full support of its quarterback.