SBD/December 8, 2010/Leagues And Governing Bodies

Favre-Sterger Investigation Turned Over To Goodell's Office

The investigation into whether Vikings QB Brett Favre violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy when he was a Jet in '08 by allegedly texting obscene photos, in addition to other conduct, to then Jets employee Jenn Sterger has been sent to Commissioner Roger Goodell's office for review, Sterger’s attorney Joseph Conway said. Conway said that Joseph Hummel, Dir of Investigative Services in the NFL’s Security Department, called him yesterday in response to calls Conway placed regarding a report that Favre would not be disciplined. When he asked Hummel about it, Conway said, “His answer back to me was that the case was out of their hands. He sent it upstairs and it is in the Commissioner’s office and the lawyers were looking at it.” NFL Senior VP/PR Greg Aiello confirmed in an e-mail that the Favre-Sterger matter was now under review in the Commissioner’s office. Aiello said, “We have not reached a conclusion. When we do, we will communicate it to the appropriate parties.” Conway said he would be “extremely disappointed” if a report by SI.com’s Peter King that Favre would receive little or no discipline was true and accurate. But the idea that the alleged transmission of the obscene photos was the only act that violated the conduct policy is wrong, Conway said. “If anyone portrays this as a one-time incident, that would be completely incorrect. This is a pattern of behavior on his part that took place over a very long period of time. There were repeated attempts to contact my client.” Deadspin.com first published the photos and voicemails allegedly from Favre in October in a report that caused the NFL to launch the investigation. But Conway said that the NFL was provided with much more information than was contained in the Deadspin report. “We were extremely cooperative with the NFL,” Conway said. “We provided them with the names of others they could contact. I believe, based on what we turned over to them, that there is sufficient evidence to find he was in violation of the personal conduct policy.”
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