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Brett Favre Fined $50K for Sexting Jenn Sterger, NFL Does Not Suspend

By Laura Strachan, Esq. on December 30, 2010 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

There looks to be a resolution to the Brett Favre/Jen Sterger texts that have received as much screen time as the veteran quarterback has this season. When we last looked at the sexting scandal, Jen Sterger was demanding that the NFL suspend Favre or she would seek legal action against the football league.

Let the lawsuit commence. The NFL has decided to fine Favre $50,000 for failing to cooperate with the investigation but the quarterback will not be suspended as Sterger demanded. 

The racy photographs and sexts were sent while Favre was a quarterback for the Jets in 2008. The NFL investigation, which ultimately concluded that he did not violate workplace policies, included analysis of reports, reviews of interviews with Sterger and Favre and independent forensic analysis of electronically stored material, according to The New York Times.

"On the basis of evidence currently available to him, Commissioner Goodell could not conclude that Favre violated league policies relating to workplace conduct. The forensic analysis could not establish that Favre sent the objectionable photographs to Sterger," The Times quotes a statement released by the National Football League.

The rationale behind the purely financial punishment is simple: without greater proof that links photographic (and highly inappropriate) evidence to Favre, the 41-year-old quarterback is only being fined for his failure to cooperate and not for the actual inappropriate communications. The League adds that had the requisite connection been made, then a suspension or some type of heightened punishment would have been rendered. Whether the league will find itself in the middle of a lawsuit headed by Jenn Sterger remains to be seen.

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