Jenn Sterger Investigation: Is Fining Brett Favre a Slippery Slope For Goodell?

Chris EggemeyerCorrespondent IDecember 30, 2010

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 28: Injured Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings stands on the sidelines during thier game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 28, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Yesterday, the NFL announced that they would be fining Brett Favre $50,000 for failing to cooperate in the Jenn Sterger investigation, a result that only further shames the 40 year old quarterback, who will miss the last game of the season on account of failing a basic concussion test.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

I'm not sure about how everyone feels, but there's always a part of me that wishes Brett Favre had hung up the spurs after Green Bay and left everyone with the god-like image we all had of him back then.

That's neither here nor there, though. We're here to talk about Jenn Sterger, aren't we?

That and streams of injury seem to be the only connections to the aging quarterback that we all have left.

After weeks upon weeks upon weeks, it appears that Roger Goodell and the group he had investigating the whole sexting incident couldn't find enough definitive evidence to levy a serious punishment, instead opting to just throw out a fine for being "uncooperative."

Or, is it possible that Roger Goodell and the NFL are pulling the same sort of deal that the NCAA may or may not have been pulling in the cases of Cam Newton and the six Ohio State players?

If you think about it, Brett Favre generates a lot of attention for the NFL—I mean a lot.

Most of you are familiar with Favre Watch or the multitude of other summer NFL specials that centers around whether the 41-year-old will come out of retirement once again or not.

Think of how much attention that garners the NFL. That's a big deal for them.

So, the question is, is the $50,000 fine protecting the quarterback?


The details of the investigation obviously aren't available to the public, but it's always fun to conjecture, so here we are.

If the lack of an admission of guilt in the penalty is a way of protecting the status of Brett Favre, is this a slippery slope for Roger Goodell?

Goodell has been feeling the heat from a lot of fans for a while, and this year has only made things worse. His hard push for the 18 game season, his strange new policy on helmet-to-helmet hits and now his slow reaction and wishy-washy finish to the Brett Favre-Jenn Sterger investigation do not bode well for him.

His fining of Brett Favre will probably ultimately do little to affect the job status of Goodell.

You never know though. It all depends.