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Brett Favre Scandal: QB Cried During Apology to Team, Says Report

Brett Favre Scandal: QB Apologized to Team for Distraction Caused by Allegations
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBS/AP) Before his team's loss to the New York Jets, Brett Favre reportedly apologized to his teammates for the distraction caused by an NFL investigation into allegations that he sent racy messages and x-rated photos to sports reporter Jenn Sterger.

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Favre was, according to ESPN, "very emotional" during the apology and even cried. The site reports that according to Vikings place kicker Ryan Longwell, he told his teammates, "I need you guys to carry me tonight."

When asked after the game about the apology, Favre replied: "That's between me and my teammates, apparently not all of them," an apparent reference to Longwell.

During the post game press conference following the loss to the New York Jets, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback refused to discuss the allegations. "I said what I had to say," Favre said.

Asked if the allegations against him are true or false, Favre replied: "If you want to talk about what happened in the football game tonight, I'd love to."

Favre also refused to address the Deadspin report at a press conference last week.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell previously said that once the NFL completes its investigation, the league will "make a determination" if Favre should be punished.

If Favre is found to have violated the NFL's conduct policy, he could be fined or suspended.

Crimesider spoke to CBS News legal analyst Trent Copeland, who said that even though "Favre is a hall of fame-caliber quarterback, at the end of the day, he's an employee." And just like any other employee, says Copeland, he's supposed to follow the rules and regulations of his employer, especially regarding the treatment of other employees.

The texts were allegedly sent by Favre to Sterger, then a sideline reporter employed by the New York Jets, while Favre played for that team.

Deadspin also reports that Favre also pursued two team massage therapists while he was playing for the Jets.

According to one of the masseuses, the incident happened in 2008 during training camp at Hofstra University, says the site.

Goodell said that the NFL is "making sure we understand all the facts," speaking at halftime of the Chargers-Raiders game Sunday.

While Deadspin initially reported that Sterger herself told them about the photos last February, the website said that the new evidence was "acquired from a third party."

"Sadly, Jenn is still reluctant to talk on the record about the matter," wrote Deadspin editor-in-chief A.J. Daulerio.

Favre has been married to his wife, Deanna, for 14 years.

Sterger's website describes her as an actress, model, writer and television host. The 26-year-old is now a personality for Versus, a sports-oriented cable channel.

Sterger's manager Phil Reese said she is "not doing any interviews or commenting at this time," but that "Jenn did not provide Deadspin with any information."