Brett Favre Fined $50,000 in Jenn Sterger Controversy
The NFL gave Brett Favre a slap on the wrist for his failure to cooperate in the investigation regarding allegations that he sent sexually suggestive messages and explicit photographs of himself to former model and sports journalist Jenn Sterger.
In a statement, the league said Favre was slapped a $50,000 fine for not cooperating with the investigation. The statement added that the punishment, which according to a San Francisco Gate report was equivalent to a three-minutes’s pay for Favre, was justified because NFL commissioner Roger Goodell “could not conclude” that the legendary quarterback violated league rules. “The forensic analysis could not establish that Favre sent the objectionable photographs to Sterger,” the statement said. The league also said that the sole purpose of the investigation was to determine whether Favre violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy and not to judge the relationship then, if any, of the quarterback and Sterger.
The controversy stemmed from allegations that Favre, while playing for the New York Jets in 2008, sent lewd photographs and sexually charged messages to Sterger, who was then working for the team as a sideline reporter.