“Hey Brett, what are you wearing? You know, you’d look really good in purple.”
That was what Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress said to Brett Favre when the two men spoke during Favre’s retirement/unretirement musings this off-season. Okay, not really, but Jason Wilde has a story today that suggests they might have had more than just a phone relationship.
Two NFL sources said Wednesday that, in addition to cell-phone records of calls between Favre and Minnesota coach Brad Childress and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, the club also claims Favre sent text messages back-and-forth with the two Vikings coaches.
If this is true, and if they in fact discussed the notion of Favre coming back as a Viking, then they are all idiots and the Vikings should be hit hard — hard — by the NFL. Both coaches would have to be fired and, in my view, Favre would have to be suspended from the league. Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner who is apparently telling the Packers how to handle the Favre fiasco, would have very little credibility if he allowed a player to talk openly with another team about a trade/comeback. And having coaches from another team try to persuade an opposing player — even if retired — into coming back is intolerable. If anything approaching this scenario is in fact what happened, Goodell had better bring the house down on Minnesota.
But there’s reason for skepticism. For one thing, Goodell is urging the Packers to resolve this situation quickly and the Packers have apparently made clear that they want to trade Favre. It’s hard to imagine Goodell pushing the Packers to move on this — and to trade Favre — if there was any chance he faces punishment by the league for bad dealing with the Vikings. And for another, as Wilde’s story makes clear, it’s no certainty that the Packers or the NFL would be able to learn what, precisely, was discussed in those text conversations unless they got their hands on the actual phones used to communicate and those text messages had been saved.
Still, if frequent communication in an of itself would not hold up in court as evidence of cheating, it’s a pretty good indication something untoward was happening. And it probably wasn’t phone sex.