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Associated Press, Published January 04 2011

UPDATED: Jets: Suit by massage therapists against Favre, team 'without merit'

NEW YORK – Two massage therapists sued Brett Favre on Monday, saying they lost their part-time jobs with the New York Jets after complaining about sexually suggestive text messages from the veteran quarterback.

The New York Jets say the lawsuit is "completely without merit," and the team had not been aware of the accusations.

Claiming they were subjected to sexual harassment and job discrimination, Christina Scavo and Shannon O’Toole are seeking unspecified damages from Favre, the Jets and a Jets massage coordinator.

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The New York Jets say the lawsuit is "completely without merit," and the team had not been aware of the accusations.

In a statement Tuesday, the Jets say they are looking forward to defending themselves in court.

While the women don’t say they received any messages directly from Favre, he referred to Scavo in a message proposing a meeting with her and a third, unidentified massage therapist, the lawsuit says.

“Kinda lonely tonight,” he added in a subsequent message to the third masseuse, the lawsuit said. “I guess I have bad intentions.”

The team declined to comment. Favre’s agent didn’t immediately return a telephone message.

The lawsuit comes five days after the NFL fined Favre $50,000 for not being forthright in an investigation into allegations that he sent lewd text messages and photos to former Jets game hostess Jenn Sterger when they both worked for the team in 2008.

The league’s investigation went on for months as the three-time MVP staggered through his 20th NFL season, fighting injuries as he led Minnesota in a disappointing season. Favre’s consecutive starts streak was eventually snapped at 297 in December and he sat out the Vikings’ final game, a loss to Detroit on Sunday. Afterward he said he’s retiring – for good, this time.

The NFL also reviewed media reports that Favre pursued two massage therapists who worked at the Jets’ facility in 2008, but the league said that claim could not be substantiated because people with “potentially relevant information” wouldn’t cooperate with investigators.