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.

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  1. Doosy

    To wax philosophical for a moment, the true fine will be leved by his wife, peers, self. With his status in the NFL (real or hyped) Goodell would not take a stand unless there was a flagrant act. It is indeed difficult to police behavior.

    December 29, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. da boyz

    Does anyone know if he was using viagra when he took the pic of his tweenkie?

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

    It would be nice if half of you knew what you were talking about. No proof should equal NO FINE. Get a life peoples.

    December 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      It would be even better if more people would actually read the article and know what he was being fined for...so go read it, I'm not going to help you on that.

      December 29, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tacklebox

    The drama queen gets brought back to earth. Now go away and retire but not in Wisconsin...

    December 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. NickB5

    The NFL doesn't have any legal authority to force an American citizen to cooperate with any investigation. The man has the 5th amendment right not to incriminate himself and the miranda right to remain silent neither of which can be violated by the government, corporations or other citizens. They can stick that fine for all it's worth cuz the guy makes a million every game he plays. If he broke a law then the police should be investigating it and if he didn't then the NFL should p*ss off and focus on what they do best football and gouging customers on tickets and exclusive products.

    December 29, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • BRCLMTY

      Well said, Nick! The whole episode reeks of hypocrisy and gold-digging. This is an organization (the NFL) which is perfectly willing to shatter bodies every weekend, trying to enforce a fine for some kind of moral transgression? Please.

      December 29, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grif

      The 5th amendment only applies if the government is acting against you. The NFL is a private organization and can do what it wants, generally under the conduct detrimental to the game policy.

      December 29, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • tkogrady

      They can enforce it because it's a private league and he is an employee. If wants to continue to be an employee, he pays the fine.

      December 29, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Casual Observer

      @Nicky...you are correct, he has the absolute right not to incriminate himself. Of course, he wasn't being pursued by law enforcement on the issue – yet. A private employer can put terms on your employment. In the NFL, they expect you to behave according to their established guidelines. If you fail to abide by those rules, there are consequences. He chose to not cooperate – and not waive his rights – for whatever reason. The NFL has every right to enforce their policies and Favre can be punished under those policies if the NFL so chooses.

      December 29, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Are you employed?

      Guess what? If you are, then your company has policies that you have to follow or you get in trouble, fired, whatever the policy mandates. of course, you as the employee are briefed on all this prior to accepting your position in the company. If you agree and accept, then you can be held liable for those infractions exactly as they are outlined.

      December 29, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • NickB5

      Why is CNN is censoring my reply to comments.

      December 29, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. boocat

    It seems weird to me that this story broke after more than two years. I find that specious. And where, pray tell, did he allegedly get her cellphone number or whatever in order to contact her? Could it be she gave it to him? I'm inclined to believe that this chick is a golddigger and now she's not getting a damn dime....

    December 29, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Geoff

    "The forensic analysis could not establish that Favre sent the objectionable photographs to Sterger,"

    What was it, a penis line-up?

    December 29, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Traci

    Oh my goodness, when is cheating on your wife a crime? Get over it, and who cares, and please every time some one gets caught leave Vick out of it. I like dogs but enough already and WHO CARES.. dog fight, rooster fights, knock it off....... have a great day

    December 29, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      I like people fighting (w/ a ref) the best. Dogs should just fetch sticks.

      December 29, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. This Little Piggy

    So why to it take 2 years for this to surface? If Jenn Sterger was so offended, why didn't she immediately report it to the NFL? Yep, another bitter lover goes cold....

    December 29, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jared

    Hysterical

    December 29, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dave

    That'll teach him. -_-

    December 29, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BRCLMTY

    Jenn Sterger flirted with Favre, then tried to use this sorry episode to get attention, that much is obvious. Definitely a fame-whor*.

    December 29, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. CHris D

    Their fining him 50k....because he refuses to say anything? Wow....ONLY IN AMERICA......

    December 29, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BRCLMTY

    The whole episode reeks of hypocrisy and gold-digging. This is an organization (the NFL) which is perfectly willing to shatter bodies every weekend, trying to enforce a fine for some kind of moral transgression? Please.

    December 29, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. NickB5

    "The forensic analysis could not establish that Favre sent the objectionable photographs to Sterger,"

    So why the fine????? Don't pay it Favre. Sue them for slander/liable.

    December 29, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
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