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Why are we mad at Jenn Sterger?

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In an interview that aired Tuesday on "Good Morning America," Jenn Sterger finally broke her silence about the text/voicemail/digital genitalia scandal involving Brett Favre. Here's a piece of it:

The general public opinion seems to be solidly anti-Sterger, either moderately (here and here) or virulently (see the comments on this YouTube clip).

I can't find a reason to be anti-anyone except Brett Favre. The most common accusations against her -- that she brought this on herself, that she wanted attention, that she wanted money -- I just don't believe.

There's no evidence suggesting that she did anything to encourage the attention from Favre, and, despite his repeated attempts, refused to ever even meet the man. That doesn't sound like someone who was asking for it.

It was not her idea to make this story public. In fact, even after it was public, she didn't say a word about it. That doesn't sound like someone who was begging for attention.

And she has not made even one penny from any of this. That does not sound like someone who was looking for money.

That's not to say that she made the best decisions every step of the way. I'd think it would be hard for anyone not in her shoes to judge that. But any mistakes she made were her own, didn't hurt anyone else, and don't seem to me to be motivated by any personal gain.

I hope getting her story out there helps her find some peace with the whole thing. For you and me, this story might have been over a long time ago. It's not over for her, though, because she still wants to work in sports, and no matter what you believe about right and wrong here, there's no question that her ability to do that has been crippled.

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