Sunday, October 24, 2010
The latest on the Favre investigation
By Kevin Seifert
So after another weekend flurry of reports about the NFL's investigation into allegations against Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, here's where we stand:
- Fox Sports has reported that Favre admitted to leaving voicemails for former New York Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger. But Favre denied sending inappropriate photographs to her during a meeting Tuesday with NFL vice president of security Milt Ahlerich. It's not clear whether leaving voicemails for a team employee would qualify as violation of the NFL's workplace conduct policy.
- Both Fox Sports and ESPN reported that the league is working hard to conclude this investigation, ostensibly so that it doesn't drag through any more of the season than necessary. It will be interesting to see how long the league will wait on a interview with Sterger. Her agent has said she is "strongly considering" a meeting but none had been arranged as of Sunday afternoon.
Ultimately, the play-by-play of this story matters on the blog only to the extent that it impacts Favre's on-field availability. In order for Favre to be suspended, the league would first need to corroborate the allegations in the original Deadspin.com report. Then, commissioner Roger Goodell would have to determine whether the issue is serious enough to merit that punishment. Stay tuned.