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Favre, wearing a green Jets sweat shirt and a navy New York Titans cap, held his composure throughout the news conference. He clenched his jaw a few times and only once raised his voice in anger, when he was told that former teammate Charles Woodson said if the Lions called Favre, it's OK, but not if it happened the other way around.
"Go back and tell Charles I did not call them," an irritated Favre said. "I didn't call 'em."
Favre was asked numerous times if he might have said anything that could be perceived as helping the Lions plan for the Packers. After all, Favre and Green Bay had an ugly divorce in the summer.
"I'm well aware of the perception of what's going on," Favre said. "Aren't you and isn't everyone else? Believe me, I'm trying my best to help this team win, the New York Jets, and spending no time trying to make sure the Packers lose. I've got enough on my plate, believe me."
Both Favre and Jets coach Eric Mangini said that sharing information is common in the NFL, and it isn't against league rules.
"It happens every day," Favre said. "It happens more than you know."
Favre said the controversy wouldn't change the way he approaches similar situations.
"Nothing was wrong," he said. "If Matt calls me and says, 'Sorry about the big deal, the offer still stands,' I'll take the call. I know he's not in football right now, but, you know, nothing happened. Nothing happened that was any different than happens any other day. But the fact I was in Green Bay for so long and what happened this offseason, that makes it a big deal.
"I am who I am. I'm part of the Jets. I'm trying to get ready for the Chiefs. I don't have time to be dealing with other issues, especially other game plans. I wish them well up there. I really do."
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