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Deadspin editor discussed Favre allegations on 93X — four months before sexting story broke

On Monday, I cranked out a timeline of when local outlets reported Deadspin.com’s sexting allegations against Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. But it turns out Deadspin editor A.J.

On Monday, I cranked out a timeline of when local outlets reported Deadspin.com’s sexting allegations against Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. But it turns out Deadspin editor A.J. Daulerio tipped a Twin Cities radio station to the still-unconfirmed gnarliness four months before he broke the Aug. 4 story.

You would’ve had to have been listening to 93X Half-Assed Morning Show on March 31. (I was busy.) Daulerio doesn’t reveal the juiciest parts, but in hindsight he discloses a lot of stuff: the accusation involved Favre’s New York Jet days, a woman, voice mails and “visual evidence.”

Here’s the clip, transcription below: 


Deadspin editor A.J. Daulerio on 93X, March 31, 2010

One of the hosts — Weasel, Josh or Nick — asks Daulerio: “You wouldn’t happen to have any new breaking trash off Deadspin.com that maybe we haven’t heard about way out here in Minnesota?”

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Daulerio, laughing: “Well, there could be some news coming out about your quarterback in a couple of months, but I’ll stay off of that for now.”

Host: “Our quarterback? Are you talking about Brett Favre?” (Remember, Favre hadn’t yet decided to return to the Vikes.)

Daulerio: “Yup.”

Host: “What kind of news — whether he’s retiring or not?”

Daulerio: “Nooooo.”

Host: “Could you call it salacious?”

Daulerio: “I would call it definitely salacious.”

Host: “Oh, that’s fantastic. I can’t wait for that.”

Another host: “Something you’re sitting on?”

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Daulerio: “Yeah, this incident, we were talking to the young woman who it happened to, when Brett Favre was a member of the New York Jets.”

Host: “Oh it was awhile ago.”

Another host: “Just tell me this: Should we tell Tarvaris Jackson to get his arm warmed up?”

Daulerio: “Well, I don’t know. We’re waiting for kind of visual evidence. I’ve kind of heard some voicemails — we could say that (laughs) — that probably aren’t so great, but we’re still waiting for some visual evidence.”

Host: “Fascinating about this Brett Favre stuff. You say in a couple more weeks we’ll have something.”

Daulerio: “Maybe, maybe.”

I guess if you’re a hard-ass media critic, you could say local newsies should’ve started the hunt then, even though Favre hadn’t yet decided to return to the Vikes. (I’m on record saying I would’ve waited until last week.) Remember, too, Daulerio says he was given the information off-the-record in January or February when he was negotiating with alleged victim Jenn Sterger about appearing in a “Deadspin Swimsuit Project.”

The funny thing about this is that 93X didn’t remember what they had; MinnPost reader David D. tipped me off, and host Josh Bitney quickly found the clip Wednesday. You can be pretty sure the Morning Show crew will have some fully assed fun with this tomorrow.