Jenn Sterger Preps to Talk to NFL

The woman who purportedly received lewd cell phone pictures and suggestive voicemails from legendary National Football League quarterback Brett Favre has hired an attorney, as she gets set to talk to the league, reports CBS News Correspondent Jim Axelrod.

This, as the NFL starts to question Favre and the website that first reported on the scandal.

While Favre, who's now with the Minnesota Vikings, was interviewed by league investigators Tuesday, he remains mum on the probe, calling it "a league issue. I'll just have to leave it at that."

Jenn Sterger: Brett Favre Scandal

He told reporters he'd rather keep his mind on the upcoming game against his former team, the Green Bay Packers, than on the scandal swirling around him.

Former New York Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger, who's also a former Maxim model, isn't talking publicly about the alleged unwanted sexual advances from Farve, either.

But Favre's wife of 14 years, Deanna, has spoken out for the first time, telling ABC News, "Obviously, I'm a woman of faith, and faith has gotten me through many various struggles."

Deana, a breast cancer survivor, also told ABC News, "We were talking earlier about a verse I have on my fridge -- Isaiah 41:9-13, actually, is on my fridge right now: 'Don't be afraid. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand,' and that's what I'm leaning on."

Brett's supposed incident with Sterger dates back to 2008.

Favre, who was the Jets quarterback at the time, allegedly left a voicemail message, inviting her to his hotel room, saying, "I'm going back to the hotel and just, just chill. So send me a text, 'cause I'll be in the building for a couple hours. Love to have you come over tonight."

The website DeadSpin.com paid a third party for the voicemail, along cell phone photos of a naked Favre that he also supposedly sent.

Deadspin Editor in Chief A.J. Daulerio has been interviewed by the NFL. He told CBS News, "What they wanted was basically where we got that information, and I wasn't willing to kind of reveal where I got that from since I did promise the source that Ii wouldn't reveal him."

Sterger has hired a lawyer, says Axelrod, and is in talks with league officials about an interview of her own.

"His defense," says sot Anthony Barkow, executive director of NYU's Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, "is going to be that she is not telling the truth, most likely, and so what he's essentially going to be doing is accuse her of lying. … And these lawyers can prepare her on how to tell her side of the story."

Favre could face a league suspension if the NFL finds he acted improperly, and that would end his league record for consecutive games played, 290, spanning 19 years.
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