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Favre off easy

Posted on: December 29, 2010 1:48 pm
 

So Brett Favre skates.

Wow.

The NFL decided to fine him $50,000 for not helping in its investigation of possible violations of the league's workplace conduct policies, but the league found no evidence that he violated those policies.

In a release, it was stated that it could not be determined whether Favre sent the inappropriate cell-phone picks to then-Jets employee Jenn Sterger.

You know what this smells like to me: A league allowing a star to walk off into the sunset without a black mark on his resume.

They gave him a pass.

Did we expect any different? There is one week left in his career. What's the point of suspending him now? All that would do is tarnish his legacy. Who needs a creep showing up for Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions?

Would a creep play as an NFL analyst, which Favre is almost certain to do.

The NFL found no wrongdoing.

Want to bet Mrs. Favre didn't see it the same way?

The NFL had a bat and could have hit Favre hard. Too bad it was one of those Nerf bats.

He didn't feel a thing.

Did we expect it any other way?

 

Category: NFL
Tags: Brrett Favre
 
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Since: Oct 2, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2010 3:02 am
 

Favre off easy

Well if it baffles you, you should read all the Deadspin articles.  The editor of Deadspin knew Sterger.  Knowing there could be a Tiger story asked her if any guy ever showed her his stuff.  This guy was slick.  She a little naive.  Once she let it out to him that Favre and others did, he couldn't contain himself with the thought of money and fame.  He was sitting on the biggest story of the yr.  She got nervous and told him it was off the record and gave him no texts or anything further.  To corroborate her story he went after her friends and finally got what he wanted.  Her friends sold the goods to him.  How they got it hasn't come out. 
If she was indeed a goldigger she would have extorted him two yrs. ago or filed a  lawsuit with the Jets or NFL.  Or slept with the guy hoping he'd leave his wife for her or pay her off with the thought of telling his wife or the media.  She didn't. The truth is she wasn't bothered by it, she and her friends thought it was funny.  She refused to cooperate with the NFL for a long time.  She hasn't done any interviews or been in the public spotlight.  I truly believe she had no intention of this coming out or looking for a buck until it was made public and then had to get a lawyer to advise her with the NFL.  I believe the lawyer is the one that convinced her to go after Favre and maybe her parents as well.  It helps her to save face. 
As far as the way she dressed it's no different than any NFL cheerleader.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2010 4:33 pm
 

Favre off easy

What were they really going to do? She sat on this for almost two years and then persued it once her lawyer convinced her she could make some money off of it. I don't believe her that she never gave him her number, I don't believe her that she never participated in a phone relationship with him. I mean supposedly he asked her for a masterbation video? Sound like something you would ask of a woman who is reluctant to speak with you? This is an issue between him and his wife, the league had no right to punish him any further than they did.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2010 1:49 pm
 

Favre off easy

balrog01, Thanks, you have made my point for me.  As an attorney, I make as many jokes re: my profession as anyone.  Your entire argument is based on the term "presumably."&n
bsp;My advice is to get a grip and let the  legal process, if any, progress, and quit living your morality thru events which may have or not occurred.  Again, at this point, it should be between Brett and his wife abscense your junior legal points.  As a successful counsel, I will share your lawyer advice with my associates.   Really, I'm quite humble until provoked by a lawyer-want-to-be.  You&a
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bsp;crack me up.



Not exactly written like a "successful counsel" there saltydog, but I'll take your word for it.   "...it should be between Brett and his wife abscense you junior legal points..."?  Really?  What law school taught you to write like that?  Impressive sentence structure.

That being said, I think you are significantly misinterpreting my comments if you my post supported anything you said.  Of course, we are both entitled to our opinions and I certainly am not trying to be "living my morality" through anyone else.  My post was not about the morality of Brett Favre sending voice mails (which he admitted, no "presumably" about it, no "may or may not have occured"), and possibly nude pictures, to a woman other than his wife.  My post, try re-reading it, had primarily to do with what, if any, admissible evidence (or as you put it, Mr. "successful counsel", would be "upheld by any Court") that could be used in a sexual harrassment suit (had one been filed) has been made known to the public.  Mr. and Mrs. Favre can make their own moral judgments about Brett's conduct....I think he's probably an amoral pig but if Mrs. Favre thinks otherwise good for her and Brett Favre.  Again, as to the weight of any such evidence, well we are both absolutely entitled to our opinions.  In the end, I will stand behind my comments and put my 15 years as a practicing civil-litigation attorney (not a "lawyer-want-to-be")up against just about anyone's.



Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2010 1:00 pm
 

Favre off easy

Lombardiincoke - I may disagree with you, but at least you're an intelligent human being.  You should have dildo prisco's job.  Thank you for the link to yahoo, which is becoming a better option every day for sports reporting and analysis.  That's where I'm going now.



Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2010 12:56 pm
 

Favre off easy

Seriously, is this guy a real person or just some ficticious web persona used to bring traffic in b/c of his moronic takes on sports?  Pete, if you are real, you are a pretty dumb dude.  Thank your lucky stars every day for this job.  And try to use some facts next time, know what those are?

And speaking of dumb, how about Goddell?  How does he know Brett wasn't forthcoming?  You got nothing but you fine him? Heir Goddell is approaching Selig as the worst Commish of a major sport.



Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2010 11:07 am
 

Favre off easy

Prisco:

One would think the story  "Favre Off Easy" by Pete Prisco  would include the FACTS about what Favre did wrong to deserve a greater punishment.

Don't hold your breath.  I guess Prisco feels Favre should be punished more severely for "possible violations of the league's workplace conduct policies" and not "helping" the NFL ruin his life more.  Even though Favre's infidelities are distasteful, that's not a crime.  This is a non-story if he's single.

Give me a break Prisco.  You are a fool.  Favre tried to hook up with a pretty girl that may or may not have come on to him. 

I guess we should tar and feather anyone who unsuccessfully hits on another.




Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2010 8:49 am
 

Favre off easy

I don't care what Favre did, nor do I care what Sterger did. What is absolutely glaring is that Sterger decided to air this out 2 YEARS AFTER Favre left the Jets, and just before the Vikings played the Jets. Tell me Sterger didn't have a multi-pronged agenda! The Jets probably put this in a vault for future use 2 years ago and instructed Steger to be quiet about it until she was told to use it.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2010 7:21 am
 

Favre off easy

Have you seen just who Jenn is?  a topless bikini model who appears to have been hired as the 'head' PR girl.  Sorry, but dress like a cheap, over-the-top-implanted prostitute and she should expect crude come-ons.  Brett didn't send her anything she hasn't seen before 1,000 times, even if I don't respect the behaviour from a married man.  Jenn just smelled publicity and maybe a payoff, pure and simple.  A girl like that has worked 'under' a dozen bosses in her lifetime or she wouldn't dress like a whore.



Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2010 6:34 am
 

Favre off easy

Prisco the Hater is a moron...Here's a far better and more well thought out take on the subject:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_y

lt=AqbZG_LyzU3eh197_pXJ4O1DubYF?slug=jc-favrefine122910

There is a fine line between lame and smart. Give NFL commissioner Roger Goodell credit for finding a smart solution to the whole -Jenn Sterger affair, even if some people will inevitably criticize Goodell for leniency.

In in the league’s investigation of the sexting allegations, Goodell came up decidedly short of the warden from “Cool Hand Luke.” At the same time, Goodell saved his precious personal conduct policy from a strong challenge while simultaneously keeping the league from getting into an ugly entanglement over sexual harassment charges.

In other words, Goodell didn’t exactly kick Favre in the rear as the quarterback expectedly closes his career and he didn’t satisfy the Sterger contingent. Instead, Goodell avoided checkmate in a case where he was playing with his king and a bunch of pawns while being attacked by a queen and an angry bishop.

“I can’t begin to tell you the number of issues we had to figure out in this one,” an NFL source said Wednesday, after saying he expected criticism from women’s groups and other activists. “It’s not just the investigation, it’s every angle you could possibly imagine.”

Fact is, the league almost would have been better off if Sterger had filed a sexual harassment claim or a lawsuit (the ). It would have largely taken the league out of the process and turned it over to people who had less invested in the . In this case, the league was in a difficult spot of trying to investigate a future Hall of Fame player who had no public record of prior misconduct. Under the personal conduct policy, Favre didn’t qualify as a repeat offender like or a player with a damaged reputation like .

Nonetheless, what Favre was accused of doing was so filled with hubris that even Donald Trump might blush. Start with sending text messages, move along to voicemails and then add explicit photos of private parts. However, proving the photos were actually Favre is basically impossible, short of him dropping his Wranglers. Just think about getting that past any half-witted employment lawyer.

At the same time, Goodell had to answer questions about just what the heck is going on behind the closed doors of most NFL training facilities and stadium. At least one Jets employee has been named as , making you wonder if others above him were also aware. Ultimately, this whole situation threatened to unveil all sorts of sordid details about the workplace environment if Goodell hadn’t found a clever way out.

 

Still, though Goodell chose to wait for possible legal action, he couldn’t afford to go too far with Favre or else face the threat of Favre (and perhaps the NFL Players Association) challenging the league’s conduct policy. Remember, Favre has never been directly charged by Sterger with anything, not even a human resources complaint. By contrast, Roethlisberger has been sued in one state and was investigated in another, two public cases that embarrassed the league.

The only accusations Favre has faced came from media reports that started at . Fair enough, but what happens when other media outlets start reporting other athletes for inappropriate conduct that isn’t challenged in some legal fashion?

 

If Goodell had punished Favre for this, he would have brought the bar even lower for what behavior should be punished. In the short time that the personal conduct policy has been in place, the bar has gone from repeated misconduct that included beaten strippers and shot-up bouncers to a media report about Favre supposedly sexting.

In other words, Goodell’s pet policy has been pushed and pulled to amoeba-like proportions.

In response, Goodell and the league came up with a cleverly worded punishment. The release on this incident reads longer and more carefully than anything the league has done with Jones, Roethlisberger, or . The statement weaves around the bottom line so effectively that you’d think Favre was being punished for something far more than not being straight with the boss.

For the league, that’s important. It doesn’t want to be in court and it really doesn’t want to besmirch Favre’s reputation any more than what’s already been done. Fact is, Favre is part of the business and it’s Goodell’s job to protect that business and all that goes with it.

And while some will claim this was lame, it’s really quite smart. Sadly, sometimes those qualities bleed into one another.





Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2010 6:28 am
 

Favre off easy

Wow.  This is the second Prisco column in a row with which I am in agreement.  Short but to the point.  Dennis Dodd and Gregg Doyel should use this as an example.  Obviously Goodell came to a decision that was better for the league.  Now Favre should do the same thing and walk away, start living life without football.  Everyone has to grow up sometime.


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