By Michael McCarthy, USA TODAY
NEW YORK - Brett Favre has one outspoken defender in the media: TNT basketball analyst Charles Barkley.
During an interview Tuesday with USA TODAY, Barkley attacked the news media for trying to create a story about Favre, who's under investigation by the NFL for allegedly sending salacious voicemails, text message and photos to Jenn Sterger when both worked for the New York Jets.
Deadspin.com published the allegations about the Minnesota Vikings quarterback Thursday.
Barkley said the Brett Favre allegations are a non-story. "This is just the media trying to make it a story because they've got juicy, gory details basically. But it's not a story."
The alleged incidents happened two years ago, he noted.
"Listen, if Brett Favre sent that women pictures, it ain't up to me to decide whether that's right or wrong. But it's not a news story. He didn't break any laws. That's between him, the girl and his wife. He's got to answer that," said Barkley. "It would be totally different if she wanted to file sexual harassment charges against him. But she is not saying anything. The media's trying like hell to make it a story."
Favre hasn't addressed the allegations. Barkley thinks Favre has "handled himself perfectly."
He says: "You've got to understand something: if he says anything, the media's going to analyze it one way or the other. ... It's just a really bad situation now with the press. No matter what you say they're going to put two talking heads on television and they're going to disagree."
By not saying anything, Brett Favre doesn't give the media any ammunition to use against him, said Barkley. "If you don't say anything, they just get to talk about the accusations. They don't get to chop up your answers and argue about it."