NFL Breaking News: Brett Favre Avoids Suspension in Sterger Case, Gets $50K Fine

Kevin RobertsSenior Writer IDecember 29, 2010

At least one giant weight has been removed from Favre's shoulders.
At least one giant weight has been removed from Favre's shoulders.Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

After almost an entire season of reports, rumors and speculation, we have finally seen an end to the case between Brett Favre and former New York Jets employee Jenn Sterger.

A wild report detailing voice messages and "sexts" tore through the NFL realm before the 2010 NFL season even started, thanks to

What was once simply a dirty story that few thought carried any true weight turned into a public defacing of the legendary quarterback, and also had ill effects on a once-promising season for Favre and the Minnesota Vikings.

Regardless of which side you're on or what is morally correct, the fiasco that is the Favre/Sterger case is finally over, as the NFL announced the star quarterback will not be suspended, but will receive a $50,000 fine for "lack of cooperation" with the league's investigation into allegations from Sterger, among others.

While Favre may have to work for the next few years to clean up his image, undoubtedly tainted by this long, drawn-out ordeal, the worst appears to be over for both sides.

Favre will not miss any time, and barring the inability to suit up due to lingering concussion symptoms, could make his final NFL start on the road against the Detroit Lions in Week 17.

There is even now speculation that with the dark cloud removed from himself and the team, Favre could reconsider his impending retirement, despite claiming before the season began that his 20th season would be his last.

In a season marred by turnovers, injuries and losses, the Sterger allegations were just one more piece to the horrible puzzle that formed for Favre and the Vikings in 2010.