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. Bob

    Apparently, in the NFL the burden of proof lies on the defendant to prove his/her innocence, interesting.

    December 29, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff

    Brett = A Mid-life crisis male thats soon the be divorced just like his career.
    Jen = a Maxim model, that was eye candy for an NFL team still seeking her 15 min's of fame.
    Yep, the deserve each other.
    Brett was wrong but she's no better. Net up, a tape to be leaked!!

    December 29, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sharon

    Poor Brett. Didn't he suffer enough by having his little panhead thingie shown all over the internet?

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

      No kidding! It was a bit of a disappointment, wasn't it?

      December 29, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JoAnn White

    This is chump change and he should refuse to pay the fine, as they haven't be able to PROVE anything...DUH!

    December 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Andy, PA

    If he violated the personal policy – which apparently was not provable since he didn't cooperate – he could probably kiss any post-retirement endorsement deals goodbye. I am guessing that $50,000 was the max that the NFL could fine a player who tells the commissioner "skrew you." Good deal for Mr. Favre who can continue to peddle his jeans and/or pick up some other post-retirement endorsement deals without being totally discredited if he indeed engaged in inappropriate behavior. Good deal for the NFL – they "did something" about the situation and wiped it off the books. In two or three weeks people will have largely filed it in the same category as Ben Roethlisberger, Santonio Holmes, Michael Vick, Jeff Reed, Plaxico Burress, Ray Lewis and the other lovable criminals of the NFL. The biggest problem that Favre will have to overcome is that most of the other bozos who have run afoul of the law and/or the rules aren't at the absolute tail end of their career. If Favre retires and subsequently "unretires" to some suitably desperate team it will be in a last ditch attempt to wash away that bitter taste that he has left in the fan's mouths. The fact that the rapists, murderers, and dog fighters of the NFL have their fans to this day is testament to the fact that a top performance on a Sunday (Alleluia!) will wash all of your off-the-field sins away!

    December 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scott

    His punishment should have been to have the pictures he sent publicly displayed. "Don't want no short short man!" Poor fella.

    December 29, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Thomas, Baton Rouge, LA

    The NFL fine is nothing compared to the fine Ms. Favre is gonna hand him....

    December 29, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ryan

    The NFL has some big balls fining Favre considering they hardly pay taxes as they're protected by claiming to be a "non-profit" organization.

    December 29, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rick

    Based of precentages of income, this is .4% of his salary. That would be $200 by comparison for someone making $50000 per year. Not too bad, but I do think that they need to redo the fine amount and base it off of what their salaries are. Precentage is the only fair way.

    December 29, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cheese for Thought

    I don't get could they fine him if he didn't do anything wrong?

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

      Did you not read the article? He was fined for NOT cooperating!

      December 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cheese for Thought one!

      December 29, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bunit

    Is getting her 15 minutes of fame and then some. She's in Playboy next month or the month after.

    December 29, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jaggar

    Brett Favre has a past of cheating on his wife. He did not cooperate because he knows he was the one who sent the texts. In addition, he is Brett Farve so he knows he can get away with it. I just hope the whinner quits football! He sucks!

    December 29, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. P

    The NFL holds its players to a higher standard and should. He obviously had something to do with this and as a result should be fined.

    December 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. hopkinsaj

    Woo hoo! Brett got off! ... No pun intended lol

    December 29, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Woody

    Keeping Favre in the news, and making him the bad guy, takes the heat off the convicted DogKiller the NFL lets play in Philadelphia.

    December 29, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • stan

      DOGS, so what, when is a dog mor important tan a human?

      December 29, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Callahan

      Yo Woody– He did 18mos(Fed Prison) & Fines & Community Service .... So how much MORE should he do?? Seriously, I don't agree w/what he did either, but c'mon man. Check your local neighborhoods and I'll bet you'd be "able" to find some real class acts there you "NEVER" knew 'bout-Pffff .................

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