NFL fines Brett Favre $50,000
December 29th, 2010
01:33 PM ET

NFL fines Brett Favre $50,000

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was fined $50,000 by the National Football League for failing to cooperate with an investigation into whether he sent sexually explicit messages to women, the league said Wednesday.

However, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, based on the evidence available, "could not conclude that Favre violated league policies relating to workplace conduct," the league said.

Favre was alleged to have sent inappropriate messages to Jenn Sterger, a female employee of the New York Jets while he was on the Jets roster in 2008.

"The forensic analysis could not establish that Favre sent the objectionable photographs to Sterger," the league's statement said.

It also said Sterger had not engaged in any inappropriate activity.

See CNN's full coverage of the NFL's decision
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  1. Glenn

    so, how can they fine Favre if they can't prove they were from him?

    December 29, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      does anybody read anymore?
      it says because he failed to cooperate with their investigation.

      December 29, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      I guess the school systems don't teach reading skills anymore. Sad...really sad.

      December 29, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • ScottJ

      You cant be serious! You DO NOT have to help the prosecution when you are arrested for a CRIME! Why should he pay, just for not helping them to FIND what they are accusing him of? DOPE!

      December 29, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      This isn't the government or a court case. It is a corporation. They can require that he provide them anything they want, within the laws of employment, to be a part of that organization. Employment within that organization is a privledge, not a right...Dope

      December 29, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maestro716

      @ScottJ The NFL is a private sector. If they want to fine Favre for not cooperating with THEIR investigation, they can. This isnt the United Stated Justice System. Its the National Football League and when you are employed by them you follow their rules. plain and simple. He didnt want to cooperate therefore he gets a fine. PERIOD.

      December 29, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      Brian... I'm right there with you. He failed to cooperate in the investigation.

      In my opinion he had something to hide.

      December 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lance

      Fined for "for failing to cooperate with an investigation", not for the photos themselves. /facepalm

      December 29, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • ScottJ

      Yes, I know that but how would you feel it such a stupid thing happened to you? W/E it doesn't affect me. Hell, I don't even like football! Boring sport anyway.

      December 29, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      she needs to get fined now OR give us all nekkids

      December 29, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuck

      Hey lawyer threatened to sue the NFL if they did not discipline him by Tuesday. Not sure what the hell she wants but that's what I believe was the case.

      December 29, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • FreedomBaby

      As a business owner I would like to fine my employees thousands of dollars when they say or do thing I don't like...oh wait, I can't, apparently it's illegal!

      December 29, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ScottJ

      @FreedomBaby – Finally a voice of FIRST HAND knowledge! LAMO! Seriously, it must be contractual. No proof, no connection... why are thet wasting time on this anyway?

      (sorry..error!)

      December 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      look at the picture and look at his wiener, does it look the same. case closed.

      December 29, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      I believe Farve did the right thing he didnt have to give them any information and that was a crap investigation – 50k in the hole and moving on....

      December 29, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      Miss Sterger originally said she wanted to see Brett suspended, or else she would release more evidence. Without a suspension, will she release more pictures than we have already seen?

      December 29, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • K Walker

      What happened to the spirit of 5th amendment?

      December 29, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fish

      I think he didn't cooperate because he thought it was just another bogus story to make the news... Wait... It DID make the news. Nevermind. Brett Farve could have diarea and it would make the news. Heck it would get him fined if the NFL wanted to investigate and he had already flushed.

      December 29, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • ScottJ

      @William

      Sorry but I have no desire to see any "evidence"!

      December 29, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronn

      Much ado about nothing!

      December 29, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Syinki

      Why come the real questions aren't be asked. What about the footjob video and the foot smelling fetish sites he is a member of? Why come the real season of this time isn't being considered what because of the holiday? WAKE UP PEOPLE!

      December 29, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      He likely had something to hide from his wife. Flirtatious e-mails, even of the 'innocent type' could fuel a divorce/lawsuit that would cost Farve millions.

      December 29, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • E. Martin

      Are you kidding me? Really? No proof= INNOCENT! The NFL is becomming more and more like a private third world government. Your guilty till proven otherwise then if you have enough case and clout you can expect to just pay your way out of it. We can let a convicted felon like Michael Vick back into the NFL as a role model for kids but we bash a man with a clean record like Farve..... Nice. I'm through watching and supporting the National Foortball League. Maybe the NFL should be investigated!

      December 29, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • DennisF

      @ ScottJ

      There is a difference between Criminal and Civil proceedings in this country. You only have the right to refuse to co-operate in matters of a CRIMINAL nature. If it is not of a CRIMINAL nature...you have to co-operate or face the consequences for failing to co-operate.

      You may wish to repeat fourth-grade citizenship classes!

      December 29, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      I think she should move on and take him to small claims court!!!

      December 29, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. crazy

    2nd

    December 29, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BigD

    If they couldn't conclude that he violated league policy, then why is he being fined $50,000?

    December 29, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • ST

      Roethlisberger never commited a crime but was accused of one and got fined and suspended, so be happy Farve got off easy cause of who he is. By the standard already set regarding Roethlisburger Farve should have been suspended durign this season.

      December 29, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      Were you and Glenn in the same school together?

      December 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • BFF

      John B, he knows that...question is why should Brett have to pay if they could NOT prove that he violated work policy.

      December 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      @ ST.... Totally different.. Roethlisberger had plenty of evidence and witnesses to wrongdoing (player conduct) but not enough evidence for a criminal conviction. He also has a history of problems with women, and problems at bars. two different animals.

      December 29, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bea

      He was fined for not cooperating with the investigation. Guessing this means he wouldn't show his junk to "whoever" so they could compare with the pics. From his perspective the wisest route considering that he'll be out of the NFL in a week or so.

      December 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. monobot

    Favre was fined because he failed to co-operate with the investigation. The entire article was only 5 very short paragraphs. I don't even like football and I read the article in full.

    December 29, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MXD

    On the other hand, why would he not cooperate if he wasn't guilty?

    December 29, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith Stone

      If he wasn't guilty, which I think he was, he might have thought it was stupid that he was accused and therefor said F you to the NFL.

      December 29, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • JREwingSr

      Because that limits his exposure.
      Very wise advice from a lawyer who earned his money.

      December 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • steeve-0

      I can understand why Favre doesn't want to "expose" himself any more than he already has.

      December 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • JREwingSr

      ...most times you try to explain something to someone, they will either understand you or think that you are lying to them.

      You weigh the pros and cons, 9 times out of 10 it's not worth it because they will not only think that you are lying but also want to punish you for what they see as lying as well as what they have accused you of originally, plus there's a good chance that they will read guilt about something else into your reply then want to punish you for *that*.

      The downside of not cooperating is that he was accused of not cooperating. People who think that he's guilty will continue to think that regardless of what he said, those who say there isn't any evidence will continue to think that. until more "evidence" comes out

      He had nothing to gain by cooperating and everything to lose.
      As Tom Horn said, "the damage is done when you even think that the accusations are credible".

      December 29, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. theperipheralscrutinizer

    Read the article, he's not being fined for his alleged inappropriate conduct, he's being fined for not complying with the investigation.

    December 29, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Really?

    So much for the swift investigation... With 1 game left to the season and on the sideline with an injury, Favre is going to ride off into the sunset with his Wrangler jeans on his tractor.. Only 50k lighter, he's gotta be happy.

    December 29, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jason

    Ridiculous. The NFL has never applied this “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard to any of its prior investigations. Get pulled over for DUI? You’re going to face discipline whether or not a prosecutor can meet her burden of proof in a criminal trial. But this is one last hat tip to the ol’ Gunslinger. Goodell should be ashamed.

    December 29, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stupid is as Stupid does

      DUI's are tried in a court of law. Workplace violations are investigated by the company. You're comparing apples to oranges.

      December 29, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. yogi

    He'll just retire from woman, like he retired from football

    December 29, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stupid is as Stupid does

      LOL!!!

      December 29, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BLARGE

    ...SECOND?

    December 29, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Wilson

    FIRST !!! only goes to Daniel Tosh from TOSH.O ! ! !
    HA

    December 29, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jack Howitzer

    http://67.42.80.195
    Why would anyone cooperate with Roger Goodell?

    December 29, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earl Flynn

      Michael Vick lives to tell about it

      December 29, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JonasMayhem

    Thats it??? 50K???? I have lost what ever respect was left for Goodell. All this time and effort for 50K. Idiot.

    December 29, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. northbayteky

    A slap on the wrist for a guy with that kind of income.

    December 29, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lance

      Only 6 minutes from first post to yours to get a comment with a "wealth envy" twist to it. You should be proud.

      December 29, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • steeve-0

      I'm sure he owes his wife and kids a lot more than $50K.

      December 29, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. wmskadder

    Farve had to pay the commis for his time invested. And of course Sterger was innocent in all of this. Once again the "she"s do a little crying and the he's fall over themselves. She got her 15 minutes. I'm sick of this s-–t where the she's can dress inappropriate (in a he's locker/dressing room) prance and dance and come off the victim. When will the he's be able to go into the she's locker/dressing room with them in the panities and bra's and do a interview??? Yea, I thought so.

    December 29, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      Apparently no one knows how to spell the man's name properly. It looks like spelling is no longer taught in the school systems anymore either.

      December 29, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • osideous

      you're a friggin idiot. usually i'd be the first one to defend someone. but this isnt UNUSUAL behavior for Brett Farve. just because this is the first time you've heard of it, doesnt make it unusual. he's known to do stuff like this. stop riding him like espn does.

      December 29, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Not once in your ramblings did any of that make any sense.

      December 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      Psst...Osideous, its spelled...

      F-A-V-R-E!

      December 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • dj

      mmmm...panities

      December 29, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
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