Maybe we should switch this blog to consist solely of open letters to Brett Favre. It sounds like he could use the input. In addition to Jeremy’s requesting his official and final retirement, I would add a big “really!?”
I think teenagers are foolish for sending pictures of themselves naked or barely clothed. Unfortunately, the inevitable release of these photos into the viral wilds of the high school halls leads to embarrassment, bullying, and at best, a life lesson learned. As adults, I like to think we know better. Although she’s an adult, I think Courtney Love is foolish as well, but her being cracked out most of the time is a legitimate defense. Plus, the pictures are more of a life lesson in terrifying people away from drugs, so it’s almost a public service that she tweets so honestly about her life.
And then we have Brett, who has no drug addiction to back up his latest blunder. No, I’m not talking about wearing crocs as a grown adult (which apparently he was donning in one of the texted photos), but Deadspin’s breaking news item. And, as an older, married, seemingly intelligent man in a high profile position, I would like to think he would know better than to use MySpace and texts if he was interested in wooing someone. The MySpace mention was enough for me not to believe the allegations (who even uses MySpace anymore?). But why would a successful athlete put himself out on a limb and send those texts? Did he not consider that might come back to haunt him? Why did he figure that sending her pictures of him holding himself and possibly pleasuring himself would win her over? Are our treasured athletes that removed from reality that he thought that would work? And how idiotic do you have to be to provide that material (or ammo) to someone who isn’t a trusted confidant?
While I’m flabbergasted that someone who has the ability to lead a team would make such a grave alleged mistake, ultimately, I’m not sure that I care that much. Mr. Favre has shown season and season again with his numerous painfully timed temporary retirements, that he is more interested in himself than his team. Why am I surprised that this mentality carries over to other aspects of his life? It’s his marriage to screw up, it’s his endorsements to lose, and it’s his lack of six inches that’s getting scrutinized online. And so all I’m left with, in the words of Tina Fey and Seth Meyers, is … Really!?