Report: Brett Favre admits talking to Minnesota Vikings
By Don Seeholzer
Article Last Updated: 07/27/2008 11:01:48 AM CDT
Brett Favre (AP file photo)The Brett Favre story took another strange twist today with an SI.com report that the retired Green Bay quarterback admitted talking to Vikings coach Brad Childress and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell while denying any charges of tampering.
In a late Saturday night interview at his Hattiesburg, Miss., home, Favre also told SI.com's Peter King that he had decided not to report to the Packers' training camp today with the rest of the team in an effort to resolve his situation.
On the tampering charge, Favre said he was interviewed by the NFL's vice president of security, Milt Ahlerich, this week and admitted that he talks to and text-messages Bevell, his former position coach in Green Bay, and Childress often, in addition to other NFL coaches.
"I have no qualms about admitting I talked to them," Favre said. "Talking with Milt, he said, 'Brett, did they entice you?' I said no, 'I don't need to be enticed anywhere.' They absolutely did not entice me to come to Minnesota."
Whether Favre's admission is enough for the NFL to find the Vikings guilty of tampering is uncertain.
Bevell and Childress have had no comment on the charges, which both have referred to as a league matter.
Childress is scheduled to address the media after today's practice, which will be held from 3-5 p.m.
With the Packers committed to Aaron Rodgers as their starting quarterback, Favre has asked to be released from his contract, while the team has countered by granting the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers permission to talk to him about a trade.
Favre told SI.com that he had planned on reporting for the start of training camp today but agreed to give Packers general manager Ted Thompson "a couple of days to try to get the situation resolved."
"I don't want to be a distraction to the Packers," Favre said, "and I hope in the next few days we can come to an agreement that would allow me to continue playing football."
Favre added: "I've also spoken with Commissioner (Roger) Goodell a couple of times this week, in hopes that he could be some sort of arbitrator in this. I hope he can be."