Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Brett Favre investigation ends with a fine
By Tim Graham
The NFL has closed its book on the Brett Favre investigation.
The league won't suspend Favre for his allegedly inappropriate interactions with New York Jets in-game hostess Jenn Sterger when he played for them in 2008 because no violations could be established.
But the NFL did fine Favre $50,000 for his lack of cooperation in the investigation.
A snippet from a statement the NFL released Wednesday afternoon:
On the basis of the evidence currently available to him, commissioner [Roger] Goodell could not conclude that Favre violated league policies relating to workplace conduct. The forensic analysis could not establish that Favre sent the objectionable photographs to Sterger. The review found no evidence to contradict the statements of both Favre and Sterger that they never met in person, nor was there anything to suggest that Sterger engaged in any inappropriate conduct.
Commissioner Goodell also determined that Favre was not candid in several respects during the investigation, resulting in a longer review and additional negative public attention for Favre, Sterger and the NFL. The commissioner notified Favre that he has been fined $50,000 for his failure to cooperate with the investigation in a forthcoming manner. Commissioner Goodell stated to Favre that if he had found a violation of the league’s workplace conduct policies, he would have imposed a substantially higher level of discipline.
No mention of Jets violations or discipline were mentioned in the statement.