Brett Favre, who was accused in October of sending graphic photos and sexy text messages to a female Jets employee in 2008, was let off the hook by the National Football League Wednesday – but he was still fined $50,000 for being less than “candid” during the investigation.
The case kicked off after Deadspin.com published graphic photos and suggestive messages the Minnesota Vikings quarterback allegedly sent to Jenn Sterger when she was a hostess working for the Jets. (At the time, Favre was the team’s quarterback.) But the N.F.L. said Wednesday that there was no evidence he violated league policy about workplace conduct, according to the New York Times.
“The forensic analysis could not establish that Favre sent the objectionable photographs to Sterger,” the N.F.L. said in a statement. “The review found no evidence to contradict the statements of both Favre and Sterger that they never met in person, nor was there anything to suggest that Sterger engaged in any inappropriate conduct.”
But Favre didn’t get off scott-free. The statement added that, “Commissioner Goodell also determined that Favre was not candid in several respects during the investigation, resulting in a longer review and additional negative public attention for Favre, Sterger, and the N.F.L.” This resulted in the $50,000 fine for Favre, which, according to the Times, is less than 1 percent of Favre s $16 million salary this season.
Sterger, however, was angered by the findings and disputed the N.F.L.’s claim of a lack of evidence, her lawyer said.
“To the contrary, our evidence and the personal testimony of Ms. Sterger clearly showed a pattern of lewd and offensive behavior by Mr. Favre that lasted all of the 2008 season,” Joseph R. Conway said in a statement.