Shannon O’Toole: Brett Favre’s Lawsuit Scandal

January 4, 2011

Not even a week after being fined $50,000 for inappropriate text messages and photos sent to Jets game-day host Jenn Sterger, the 20-year NFL quarterback is now being sued by massage therapists Christina Scavo and Shannon O’Toole. Brett Farve faces the lawsuit along with the Jets organization and personnel manager Lisa Ripi. Get the full story on this breaking scandal, plus pictures and videos of those involved below!

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The plaintiffs in the case are two former masseuses for the Jets organization who were allegedly treated like “a hanging slab of meat” by the former QB. They allege that the QB continually made passes at them via text, and when they complained to the organization, they were terminated from further work.

Christina Scavo and Shannon O’Toole were hired by the Jets and worked with the famed QB when he joined the team in 2008. Brett Favre’s lawsuit resulted from some lewd text messages he allegedly sent the therapists during that time.

“Brett here, you and Crissy want to get together, I’m all alone,” he allegedly sent. Then another time: “Kinda lonely tonight, I guess I have bad intentions.”

After discovering these texts, the husband of one of these women confronted the QB and demanded an apology. After being denied that, the women both confronted the Jets’ organization through personnel manager Lisa Ripi, who basically said it was too late to do anything.

“There are ways to handle things in a professional manner and ways to be compensated not in public. … All this nonsense is unnecessary,” Ripi wrote, according to the lawsuit. “For sure feel horrible that u had to go thru that w a pervert. … He was wrong on all counts…and we cldve helped u a lot more at that time.”

Elizabeth Eilender, the attorney for both women said their case may cause a domino affect in the professional sports sphere, where such behavior is considered common place.

“I suspect that this case is only the tip of the iceberg with respect to the harassment and discrimination experienced by women working for NFL teams and their players as well as all of men’s professional sports. I hope that Ms. Scavo’s and Ms. O’Toole’s courage to bring this suit will empower other women to come forward without fear of retaliation and retribution in order to protect their livelihoods and self-respect,” shesaid in a statement to ABC News.

What do you think of this latest Brett Favre lawsuit? Are Christina Scavo and Shannon O’Toole just jumping on the bandwagon for some cash? Or is this another case of alleged misconduct by the legendary QB? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section! And don’t miss the pictures and video below!

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Photos:, PNP

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