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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre addresses the media about the injury to his left shoulder during a news conference at the team's NFL football training facility in Eden Prairie, Minn. Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Andy King) Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre addresses the media about the injury to his left shoulder during a news conference at the team's NFL football training facility in Eden Prairie, Minn. Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Andy King)

NEW YORK (AP) — Two massage therapists are suing Brett Favre, saying they lost their part-time jobs with the New York Jets after complaining about sexually suggestive text messages from the veteran NFL quarterback.

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.

While the women didn'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, Monday's 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 Jets 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 league MVP staggered through his 20th NFL season, fighting injuries as he led the Minnesota Vikings in a disappointing season. Favre's consecutive starts streak was eventually snapped at 297 in December and he sat out their final game, a loss to Detroit on Sunday. Afterward he said he's retiring a third time — for good.

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. O'Toole's and Scavo's lawyer, David Jaroslawicz, said he told investigators about the information his clients had.

The two women worked for years at the Jets training camp and for various players individually, sometimes giving massages at players' homes, according to the lawsuit.

After Scavo and an unidentified colleague gave massages at the training camp in 2008, Favre sent the colleague a text message saying, "Brett here you and crissy want to get together I'm all alone," the lawsuit said.

Jaroslawicz declined to identify the massage therapist who allegedly received the messages.

Scavo told her husband, Joseph, about the messages. He promptly told Favre to back off and apologize, according to the lawsuit.

The husband got a brush-off from Favre, and his wife and O'Toole were blackballed by the team, the lawsuit says.

The Jets stopped calling the women for work, initially offering such excuses as having moved the training camp, Jaroslawicz said.

After the allegations about Favre chasing Jets masseuses surfaced in media reports, the team's massage coordinator, Lisa Ripi, sent Scavo a series of e-mails referring to Favre as "a pervert" but ripping Scavo for not keeping the matter quiet, the lawsuit says. Ripi declared that neither O'Toole nor Scavo would ever work for the team again, the lawsuit says.

Jaroslawicz said his clients had held off on suing while awaiting the results of the NFL investigation, but they decided to go ahead after the probe ended in what they saw as a token fine.

Favre has consistently refused to answer reporters' questions about the allegations.

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Associated Press sports writers Dennis Waszak Jr. in New York and Jon Krawczynski in Minneapolis, and Associated Press researcher Barbara Sambriski, contributed to this report.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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