The NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, announced yesterday that Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre would be fined $50,000 in relation to the sexual harassment allegations by former New York Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger.
Jenn Sterger claimed Brett Favre sent her inappropriate messages and photos via text in 2008 when Favre played for the Jets. The NFL began an investigation of this case back in October and did not give a ruling until just days before what could be Favre’s last NFL game ever.
In the statement announced the fine, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he “could not conclude” that Favre violated the league’s personal conduct policy based on the evidence currently available to him. The investigation resulted in no evidence that Favre sent the lewd photos to Sterger.
Favre’s fine was based off of Goodell’s determination that he 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 league said. The commissioner also told 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.”
Brett Favre and his agent have not commented on the ruling, but Sterger and her attorney had a mouthful for the NFL.
“It clearly shows that an NFL star player was given preferential treatment and tells all other players that failure to cooperate may cost you some money but will not result in other punishment,” said Sterger’s attorney, Joseph Conway, who added there was “ample evidence” the photos were of Favre.
“Additionally, today’s decision is an affront to all females and shows once again that, despite tough talk, the NFL remains the good old boys’ league,” Conway said.
Sterger and her attorney have not yet said if they will proceed with legal action against Favre.