Sometimes sports resembles scandal more than athletics.

Case in point: Brett Favre.

The Minnesota Viking quarterback, he of the I'm retired, I'm not retired, song and dance he's played the last few years, is now being accused of sexual harassment.

The case is two years old and now is making bigger headlines than the game.

Favre allegedly sent racy text messages and possibly photos of himself to a woman while he played one season for the New York Jets.

It's two years old.

And the woman who allegedly was harassed was not the one who brought the story to light.

A website,, made the story public, and news outlets all over the country have followed suit.

ESPN has spent considerable time debating the allegations, consequences on Favre, his playing career and his team.

Keep in mind this is two years old and the alleged victim did not report the incident to the police, and at this point, there have been no reports she told team officials or issued any complaint.

There is even a report she did not intend for the website to make the story public. Why she talked to at all is another case for debate.

If a victim does not report a crime, is it really a crime?

I have no reason to believe the allegations are true or false. Favre is not talking, not even denying the story.

Even Ben Roethlisberger denied he sexually assaulted anyone even though public perception is that he did.

I also am past the age of believing athletes are clean-cut professionals who lead the good life.

They are no different than the rest of society, and in many cases worse. Mix youth and money, and in the wrong hands, it is a disaster waiting to happen over and over again.

But I do have problems with a societal need to dig up dirt on people, creating scandals or prolonging the coverage of them.

A two-year-old alleged incident has turned into front-page news. If the accusations are true, the NFL will have to intervene and fine and possibly suspend Favre. A sad end to a Hall of Fame career. But worse, if true, it's a sad way to lead your life.

Favre's reputation had taken a hit the past couple years as he tearfully announced his retirement from the Green Bay Packers only to return the following year as a New York Jet. He retired again, only to sign as a free agent with the Vikings. He waffled on retirement after last season, only to come back again this year.

I bet he would give up a year's multimillion dollar salary to be back home in Mississippi right now, away from the bright lights and a 1-3 record.

Last season, the Vikings came one Favre interception away from making the Super Bowl. I am sure he thought he had one more good season in him, but nothing is guaranteed.

He still could turn around the Vikings' season, but this year has taken on the feeling of a long, arduous season that can't end soon enough.

Over the next several weeks, we will hear as much about Favre's alleged texts and photos than how his team can rebound and get back in the playoff hunt.

Decisions he may or may not have made two years ago are coming back to haunt him.

Not a very pleasant way for a future hall of famer to end his career. And it sure seems like the end this time.

Patrick Murphy, of Columbus, Neb., is the former assistant managing editor of The Telegram.