Favre Doesn't Address Allegations After Game
LINDA WERTHEIMER, Host:
NPR's Mike Pesca was there. He filed this report.
MIKE PESCA: That guy is, of course, the Vikings quarterback, Brett Favre, who described his newest target as flammable.
WERTHEIMER: And we needed a spark at that time. Talk about a spark - he can light a flame.
PESCA: (Soundbite of P.A. system)
U: Pass intended for Moss is incomplete.
PESCA: After the game, Moss said he didn't want to do interviews, and then at first shouted down a reporter from the St. Paul Pioneer Press, who wanted to ask him about his return to the team that drafted him.
U: It's your first game back in six years.
WERTHEIMER: Do you have a problem with it?
U: Yes. A lot of people are going to have it.
WERTHEIMER: Ask a question, and I won't answer it. How 'bout that?
U: Why aren't you doing interviews?
WERTHEIMER: (Bleep). What did I just tell you? I'm not doing any interviews.
PESCA: Later, a reporter for ESPN used the get-more-flies-with-honey technique.
U: Tell us about the TD pass. Come on, Randy.
PESCA: Combined with a little pleading.
U: Come on.
PESCA: He got Moss to talk.
WERTHEIMER: You know, it's been a long week. I'm kind of worn out, man. It's just, you know, it's frustrating. I put a lot in this, you know. I played the Jets twice in the last month and it had me - it had my nerves going. So I studied hard this week to try to get them, and all the plays I didn't get - but some of them, I knew. So I'm not saying we ad-libbed out there, but it was a tough week for me.
PESCA: A few minutes later, Favre was struggling with how to answer unwanted questions of his own. He stepped away from pressure when asked about allegations that he had propositioned and sent lewd photos of himself to a female sideline reporter when both were employed by the Jets.
Q: Were the allegations a distraction? Answer: I'm here to talk about football. Question: Are the allegations true or false? Answer: Football, please. Question: Were you at least embarrassed by the allegations? Answer...
WERTHEIMER: I'm embarrassed we lost this football game.
PESCA: Mike Pesca, NPR News, New York.
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