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. civicminded

    Overrated. Good bye.

    December 29, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • DaBears

      Overrated??? He only set nearly every record in NFL history, some of which will never be broken. I'm a devoted Bears fan but hey, give the guy credit where credit is due.

      December 29, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Wow, he set records in a game...whoopdy do. In 10 years, 20 years, etc it won't mean diddly crap. All that matters is that these players are getting paid millions to play a game, all because people are willing to pay ridiculous prices for tickets and team paraphernalia. Then they do crap like this, or into dog fights like Vick, or what have you. Of course they usually get off the hook scott free or with a light tap on the wrist. No need to even go into the details of the college players who can't even read or write. Some example they set. Of course, what it boils down to, just like hollyweird, it's all about the money. Be rich, be famous, get away with anything. If Favre did send those texts he should be booted from the NFL, period.

      December 29, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • metmo

      The best one being his interception record.

      December 29, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan the Vikings fan

      @groovy goober His records will never be touched because of the concussion testing they do now. I'm sure he played with many many concussions before. With how strict they are the consecutive starts record will never be broken.

      December 29, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric P

      @groovygoober, ok, yes, I agree that people who wear football (or any sport, for that matter) apparel such as jerseys, helmets, hats, etc... and paint their faces and dress up to support their teams are just outrageously moronic, but they can spend money on whatever they want. I will continue to make fun of them for being simplistic, boorish fools, but that money doesn't just go to the players. In fact, the players salaries, in proportion to the total amount of money professional sports take in in a year, is practically nothing. Most of that money goes to facilities, logistics, production, etc... Like any business. But people who dress up in team apparel need to grow up.

      December 29, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      groovygoober – get a grip dude, geez. I like going to games and screaming my head off and acting like a fool. Do you know why, because i enjoy it. You may not but I do and so do millions of others. If you don't like it, don't watch it and go complain somewhere else. I played football through high shcool and college before i royally messed up my lower back. It's a great sport and would have loved to have played professionall ball, if i was that good lol. To each his own which makes us all individuals. Just because you may not enjoy something doesn't make it wrong for others to enjoy it. Drink a beer and get off your high horse already

      December 29, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      And before you go off thinking i'm just a simpleton or moron, I'm a senior programming analyst for a local hospital. One of my good friends is a lawyer in the area (ok so this isn't helping my argument lol) and another is a well respected surgeon for the hospital I work at as well. Just because people like to dress up in team apparel, does not mean they need to grow up. It's just what they like to do. Whatever makes you happy and enjoy doing, do it. Stop complaining and just enjoy life. Again, drink a beer and mellow out. Lifes too short to worry about little crap like this.

      December 29, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Matt

    Oh please. All you need to do is get the team doctor to look at the pictures and then compare them to Favre's genitals. It takes but a few minutes.

    December 29, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spencersb

      A whole new meaning to the phrase "going under the microscope."

      December 29, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Lol, put it in a line up...

      Ms. Stenger, could you identify the member you saw in the text messages please...

      "Oh why yes officer, it's the teeny one on the right over there..."

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

    Gee, what a stand up guy!!!

    December 29, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cindy

    Wow! They are STILL talking about this! Mike Vick can murder dogs and still be aloud to play football again. Who the F*** cares who Bret Favre send pictures of his D*** to.

    December 29, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Football players get away with killing PEOPLE and nothing happens to them!! I can't remember the players name right now but he hit a guy with his car in Miami, was drunk at the time, and killed him and is still playing now! At least Vick served time, the dude that hit and killed the guy got probation!

      December 29, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keithlol


      You may also be thinking of OJ

      December 29, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Francis

      Donte Stallworth did serve time. The man he hit ran into a busy intersection. He could have fought the charge but instead pled guilty to second degree manslaughter. He served a month in jail 2 years house arrest and is on 8 years probation. He was also suspended for a season. While he may not be innocent he owned up to what he did.

      December 29, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Agreed, and this dog fighting punk even gets praised by our 'president'. Maybe Brett thought it was ok, since so many women want to be in the locker room after a game. Seems like so many want to see some richard, that it didn't seem like an issue.

      December 29, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      It's allowed not aloud.

      December 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard


      You're thinking of Donte Stallworth. Technically he served 24 days in prison and he didn't play for a year because of the suspension. But you're right in essence, it was a slap on the wrist for vehicular manslaughter (although most drunken vehicular manslaughter cases spend less than 5 years in prison).

      As far as this whole thing goes, the rumor is that Favre and Sterger had some sort of affair while he was in NY, and possibly afterwards. There is no evidence that she was offended or assaulted by the pic.

      December 29, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      you go girl! who really cares??

      December 29, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. go away brett

    He needs to retire this year before he makes even a bigger ssa out of him self.

    December 29, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Michael Riser

    I have an inside source with the NFL. The original fine was 100k. It was reduced when Favre agreed to send Goodell a txt of his junk. Goodell replied "OMG LOL"

    December 29, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DKPL

    'The forensic analysis'... Glad I didn't have that job...

    December 29, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bea

      Hahahaha!!! No kidding!

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

    She's looking for a payday, nothing more. Understanding that I don't know the whole story, after looking at some pics of her partying, I'd be very surprised if she didn't send him some pics to get this whole thing started. The only difference is that Brett deleted them.

    December 29, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      Assumptions are not a valid argument.

      December 29, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moe

      As I said, understanding that I don't know the whole story. In other words, it's my opinion.

      December 29, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. teacher Mary

    Brett Farve should be kicked out of the of the NFL. If he failed to cooperate you know there is something in the wood pile that is not right. How long does the NFL go on protecting these guys. He is a moral nightmare when it comes to confusing kids on the difference between right and wrong. Sports hero my foot!

    December 29, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • boocat

      So you think he's guilty....did you ever wonder why this story took over two years to break? Do you use your brain at all?

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

      That's ridiculous. Would you get fired from your job if you had an affair? Not likely. People are so judgemental. Everyone should mind their own lives and they'd be better for it.

      December 29, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Kip, I'd agree with you on one condition, that the f uckin news agencies never publish this kind of BS. Stop printing head line news every time someone famous takes a sh it and things probably wouldn't be so bad. Then again, some people's kids really look up to these sports people as heros. I don't. Great, they might be good at playing a game, but I don't consider that as the fitting criteria for a hero, so at least out of deference ot those who do, stop publishing this crap.

      December 29, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Casual Observer

      @Mary, it is acceptable to not cooperate with an internal investigation. He made that choice and he paid a fine for making that choice. Of course, had he cooperated (and we don't know what that "cooperation" entailed), the NFL could have found that he was completely innocent of these charges but uncovered something else. If I choose not to participate in an internal corporate "investigation" it doesn't mean that I'm guilty, it simply means that I have rights and if I have the choice I'm going to choose not to waive them in any situation.

      December 29, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris Real

      If you're really a teacher Mary, YOU should be the one losing their job. Dumb dumb dumb.

      December 29, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sarasota, Florida

    50K is chump change to superstar NFL players. Mr. Favre needs to retire and get out of the limelight.

    December 29, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brett Farve

    She probabally gets photos of penis all the time. Just a publicity stunt on her part and farve was the idiot to get caught up in it.

    December 29, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. patricia

    Not a surprise, another scandel!

    December 29, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mickey mouse

    Does that mean he won't be coming to DIsneyland??

    December 29, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      He won't be, anyway... His team isn't going to the playoffs.

      December 29, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jason B.

    All of which amounts to a small fraction of one week's paycheck for him.

    December 29, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Michael

    Wow, $50,000 is a lot of money right? Not if you're Brett Favre. That's less than 1/2 of one percent of his salary. That'd be like getting fined $200 if you make $40,000 a year. Way to give a token slap on the wrist NFL.

    December 29, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
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