Sterger: Family trauma was most painful part of Favre saga

The former New York Jets employee who allegedly received inappropriate photos and phone messages from Brett Favre in 2008 said in the second part of an interview aired Wednesday that the most painful part of the experience has been the collateral damage to her family.

Jenn Sterger recounted several examples of awkward exchanges that her immediate family faced in the aftermath of the revelations involving Favre last fall.

"(A) man walked up to my mother that she worked with at one of her schools and asked her what it's like to have Brett Favre's grand babies," an emotional Sterger told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America." "What could she say?

"It hurts people that didn't ask to be involved in my life, and be put in the spotlight. Hurts my family.

"My father gets confronted at neighborhood barbecues because of what his daughter's dealing with. My sister, who just graduated from nursing school and just got her first nursing job, has to go (to work), and people look at her name badge and people go, 'Oh, you're related to Favre girl.' What's she supposed to say?"

The interview, the first part of which aired Tuesday, was Sterger's first public comments on the ordeal.

When asked what she told her parents after the website Deadspin.com broke the story about Favre's alleged conduct, Sterger said: "That nothing happened. They know that."

Sterger also addressed her father's quote that said in effect he better not meet Favre in a dark alley.

"Someone called my dad and asked how I was doing," Sterger said. "My dad didn't think he was giving an interview. And my father said what any father in their right mind would. That's just wanting to protect their kid."

Favre spent one season with the Jets in 2008. In January, the longtime Green Bay Packers quarterback filed his retirement papers with the NFL after playing the past two seasons of his 20-year career with the Minnesota Vikings.

In December, the NFL concluded its investigation of Favre by fining him $50,000 for failing to cooperate with the process while absolving Sterger of any wrong-doing. The NFL said Commissioner Roger Goodell couldn't conclude Favre violated the league's personal-conduct policy based on the evidence available. Investigators were trying to determine if Favre sent inappropriate messages and below-the-belt photos to Sterger when both worked for the Jets.

Sterger spoke with league officials during the investigation.

"I cooperated with the NFL," Sterger said. "I just came and I was a witness for them. I had no stake in it. I was asked to cooperate, I was compelled to cooperate. I obliged."

When asked if she believed the league didn't take the investigation seriously, she said: "I never said that. ... I think (Goodell) handled it the way he was supposed to. It's a league matter, it's not for me to judge."

Sterger, whose last on-air job with Versus network's show, "The Daily Line," ended in October after the show was canceled because of low ratings, said she hopes to resume her career in sports, but she's aware of what she will face.

"I knew what I was getting myself into working in sports -- it's a boys club," she said. "It's something I love doing. I'm passionate about sports.

"(I want) to go back to work, to be happy. To be able to get on the Internet and not be bombarded with nasty headlines. For people to get a chance to see the real me, get to know the real me again. And to be the real me again."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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