Joseph R. Conway, Jenn Sterger's lawyer in the Brett Favre sexting scandal, says his client showed NFL investigators ample proof that the quarterback sent her lewd photos.
He also says the $50,000 fine the league levied on Favre today was nothing more than a slap on the wrist from an organization more concerned with saving face for one of its own than offering a modicum of justice for Sterger.[jump]
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said today the fine was justified because Favre didn't cooperate with investigators, and the league couldn't be sure that the quarterback had violated rules about personal conduct.
Bunk, Conway said. "There was ample evidence to show that the sexually explicit photographs were part of Favre's inappropriate behavior," and Sterger "clearly showed a pattern of lewd and offensive behavior by Mr. Favre that lasted all of the 2008 season."
The fact that the League took the step of fining Favre for "not being candid in several respects during the investigation" is disturbing in the message it sends. It clearly shows that an NFL star player was given preferential treatment and tells all other players that failure to cooperate may cost you some money but will not result in other punishment. Additionally, 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.
Sterger, who lost her TV job at the Versus cable channel after the sexting story broke, says she won't sue if the league punishes Favre. Does the fine count? Conway's statement today doesn't address any future litigation. But there may be a clue about his thinking when he says that loutish behavior among players "may cost you some money but will not result in other punishment."
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