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Who\'s Lying Now?

The James Campen trip, the one where he told Favre that if he simply showed up and forced the Packers hand, they would have to take him back, is becoming a real bone of contention.

According to the unaired transcript, Favre indicates that Campen had come to see him at the behest of the Packers. But Mike McCarthy indicated on Saturday that the team had asked Campen to visit Favre only "as a friend" after they heard Favre was considering coming back.

Let's look at both quotes, shall we?

From Don Walker's post on the JSOnline Blog yesterday, quoting an unaired part of the FOX interview:

Favre said Campen told him he was supposed to be in Hawaii vacationing with his family, but was deployed to Hattiesburg to talk to Favre.

"And I said, 'James, what are you doing here? I mean, enough is enough.' And he says, 'I agree. I'd rather be in Hawaii.'

And Mike McCarthy this past Saturday:

I think he's totally, wrongly been illustrated in this...Ted would not even talk to Campen about this. He said, 'Hey, your personal relationship with Brett Favre is bigger than this, so don't ever put yourself in that position.' ... James was put in a tough spot. He was put in a situation that was purely personal.

So wait, the Packers contend that Campen was visiting Favre for 'purely personal' reasons, but, according to Favre, Campen was made to skip at least part of a family vacation to go visit Favre once word was out that Favre was thinking about coming back? Interestingly, McCarthy indicated in the same interview that Campen would not be made available for interviews.

Shady. Reeeeeeaaaal shady...

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Andrew's picture

Well, Florio and ESPN report that Brett's not sending the letter right now. Hopefully that means this is all over.

manolito's picture

curiouser and curiouser

PRC's picture

All that means is that Favre is going to wait till the Packers do their roster cut downs and then when it is the worst for them he will request his reinstatement again.

The Packers will then have to decide what to do very quickly because once he requests it he has to be placed on the active roster or released and if he is on the active roster for even 1 game they owe him the entire 12 million because he is a vested veteran.

This ain't going away and the best possible thing TT can do if he really doesn't want Favre on the team anymore is trade away his rights right now to any team willing to play...

He can make the draft choices recieved conditional based on Favre unretiring. He can also put in a conditional 1st round pick to the Packers if that team releases or trades Favre to another team.(like oh...say the vikings)

PRC's picture

Sorry, I mistyped I think the vested veteran thing may be different than 1 week but it still would be putting a lot of pressure on the Packers to just release him.

Purifoy Kickoff's picture

Hindsight: Manolito, you nailed it. And Brett blinked. He could have kept nixing trades until the Packers couldn't stand him any more and had to release him or trade to the Vikes. But Brett blinked. And now he's playing for a bunch of losers in a far away galaxy where the press won't treat him so kindly. He didn't like what the Mlwkee Journal had to say about him? Look out Brett, here comes a bunch of blitzes you've never seen before. Leaking info to sham websites like (we have 18,000 signatures! yeah, all signed by eight unemployed dirtballs) won't fly in the Big Apple. I was Googling for information about Campen, which is how I came upon this website, and I'll probably never come back here again. But I had to give Manolito his props. Dude, any stock tips?

packeraaron's picture

How have we offended Purifoy?

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