NFL Fines Favre For 'Failure To Cooperate'

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The NFL has fined Vikings quarterback Brett Favre $50,000 for failing to fully cooperate with an investigation into whether he sent inappropriate messages and photos to a female employee of the New York Jets. Favre played for the Jets in 2008.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

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It looks like Brett Favre will have to write a check to the NFL. Yesterday, the league fined the Minnesota Vikings quarterback. His offense - failing to cooperate with its investigation of a scandal dating back to his time with the New York Jets. Critics say Brett Favre got off easy. NPR's Mike Pesca reports.

MIKE PESCA: The headlines read Favre fined $50,000, but the findings of fact hold the Hall of Fame-bound quarterback blameless. Earlier this year, the website Deadspin published allegations that Favre, when with the Jets, sent lewd images of his own anatomy to Jenn Sterger, who did sideline reporting for the Jets website and team-produced TV shows.

Favre hasn't publicly denied this, but according to the NFL's official statement there wasn't sufficient evidence to prove that the photos were of him or sent by him. The NFL indicated that Favre admitted to leaving voicemail messages, but said in its statement NFL policies do not extend to private conduct or make judgments about the appropriateness of personal relationships.

Favre was fined $50,000 for not fully cooperating with the investigation. That fine was described by Sterger's lawyer as saying to, quote, "all other players, that failure to cooperate may cost you some money but will not result in other punishment."

Joseph Conway, Sterger's lawyer, went on to characterize the NFL's decision as an affront to all females.

Mike Pesca, NPR News, New York.

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