30 Dec 2010

Favre fined for not working with investigation

3:12 pm on 30 December 2010

American football player Brett Favre has been fined US$50,000 by the NFL for not cooperating with an investigation into allegations he sent lewd messages to a female employee of the New York Jets when he played with the club in 2008.

The 41-year-old Minnesota Vikings quarterback had been the subject of an NFL investigation since October to determine whether he violated the league's personal conduct policy through his alleged correspondence with the Jets employee.

The NFL says Commissioner Roger Goodell could not conclude that Favre violated league policies relating to workplace conduct but also determined that Favre was not candid in several respects during the investigation, resulting in a longer review and additional negative public attention.

A lawyer for the woman has criticized the league's decision and says evidence presented and personal testimony from the former game-day hostess clearly showed a pattern of lewd and offensive behavior by Favre during the 2008 NFL season.