Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre has been fined $50,000 by the National Football League for not cooperating with its investigation into allegations that he texted lewd messages and photos of himself to New York Jets employee Jenn Sterger (two years ago, when Favre was playing for the Jets), the Associated Press reports.
At NFL.com, correspondent Jason La Canfora notes that Favre will not be suspended for his actions.
In a statement, the AP adds, "the NFL says Commissioner Roger Goodell 'could not conclude' that Favre violated the league's personal conduct policy based on the evidence currently available." But, Goodell did decide that Favre wasn't candid during the investigation.
The oft-retired Favre is scheduled to play what could be his last game on Sunday in Detroit against the Lions.
Update at 1:26 p.m. ET. In Minneapolis, the Star Tribune has posted the entire statement from the NFL. It reads, in part:
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"In reviewing the matter, the sole focus was on whether there was a violation of league policies regarding conduct in the workplace. NFL policies do not extend to private conduct or make judgments about the appropriateness of personal relationships, except where that conduct or those relationships raise issues under the law or league policies. ...
"On the basis of the 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 review found no evidence to contradict the statements of both Favre and Sterger that they never met in person, nor was there anything to suggest that Sterger engaged in any inappropriate conduct. ...
"However, Commissioner Goodell also determined that Favre was not candid in several respects during the investigation, resulting in a longer review and additional negative public attention for Favre, Sterger, and the NFL. The commissioner notified Favre that he has been fined $50,000 for his failure to cooperate with the investigation in a forthcoming manner. Commissioner Goodell stated to Favre that if he had found a violation of the league’s workplace conduct policies, he would have imposed a substantially higher level of discipline."