Favre nears ex­pected end with $50k fine

The Pak Banker - - I Nternational -

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn: As Brett Favre pon­dered his fu­ture this sum­mer, three Min­nesota Vik­ings play­ers ar­rived at his Mis­sis­sippi home with a last-ditch sales pitch to per­suade the ag­ing quar­ter­back to put on his uni­form for a 20th sea­son.

But his team­mates weren't sell­ing this: With the Vik­ings out of the play­off chase and the once-bionic sig­nal-caller re­cov­er­ing from yet an­other se­ri­ous in­jury, Favre be­gan what could well be the fi­nal week of his ca­reer with an­other hit - a $50,000 fine from the NFL. The league fi­nal­ized Wed­nes­day a slow-paced in­ves­ti­ga­tion of tawdry al­le­ga­tions against the 41-year-old with a re­buke of the all-time iron­man for not co­op­er­at­ing with the process.

Af­ter nearly three months of in­ter­views, foren­sic analy- sis and fur­ther ex­am­i­na­tion, the NFL said Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell "could not con­clude" that Favre vi­o­lated the league's per­sonal con­duct pol­icy based on the ev­i­dence avail­able to him. In­ves­ti­ga­tors were try­ing to de­ter­mine if Favre sent in­ap­pro­pri­ate mes­sages and be­low-the-belt pho­tos to Jenn Sterger in 2008, when both worked for the New York Jets.

Foren­sic anal­y­sis failed to es­tab­lish that Favre sent the im­ages to Sterger, the league said, but her at­tor­ney in ac­cus­ing the NFL of fa­voritism as­serted there was "am­ple ev­i­dence" that the pho­tos came from Favre.

"To­day's de­ci­sion is an af­front to all fe­males and shows once again that, de­spite tough talk, the NFL re­mains the good old boys' league," at­tor­ney Joseph Con­way said.

Favre's pun­ish­ment stems from Good­ell's de­ter­mi­na­tion that he was "not can­did in sev­eral re­spects dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­sult­ing in a longer re­view and ad­di­tional neg­a­tive pub­lic at­ten­tion for Favre, Sterger and the NFL," the league said. The com­mis­sioner also told Favre that if he had found a vi­o­la­tion of the league's work­place con­duct poli­cies, he would have im­posed a "sub­stan­tially higher level of dis­ci­pline."

There was no im­me­di­ate com­ment from Favre and his agent, Bus Cook, did not re­turn mes­sages. Vik­ings play­ers had Wed­nes­day off, and in­terim coach Leslie Frazier said he "never put a lot of en­ergy or fo­cus" on the sit­u­a­tion.

"I can't re­ally speak for Brett and how it has af­fected him on and off the field," Frazier said. "I just know that when­ever he's in meet­ings, when­ever he's on the prac­tice field, he's been all in in ev­ery sit­u­a­tion. I've never thought for a moment that he wasn't as pre­pared as well as he's pre­pared ever."

The league said its in­ves­ti­ga­tion dragged out be­cause of dif­fi­cul­ties in set­ting up in­ter­views with "cer­tain key in­di­vid­u­als," the com­pli­ca­tion of re­triev­ing and re­view­ing elec­tronic records and Good­ell's de­ci­sion to meet with both Favre and Sterger be­fore reach­ing a con­clu­sion.

Good­ell in a memo sent Wed­nes­day to all NFL teams said that "ev­ery mem­ber of ev­ery club's staff should be able to work in an en­vi­ron­ment free of ha­rass­ment or hos­til­ity, and one in which ev­ery em­ployee is val­ued, re­spected, and given a full op­por­tu­nity to con­trib­ute to the goals of the club and the NFL." -Ap

BANGKOK: Bel­gium's ten­nis player Kim Cli­jsters (L) shakes hands with Thai­land's Prime Min­is­ter Ab­hisit Ve­j­ja­jiva (R) as Den­mark's ten­nis player Caro­line Woz­ni­acki looks on at the Govern­ment House. -Reuters

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