As the Vikings bask in the glow of their stunning 24-14 upset win over the Eagles, their possible week 17 starting quarterback waits patiently to hear what punishment he will receive over the ill-advised act of friendliness he committed while a member of his previous team.
Actually, it’s likely Brett Favre already has a pretty good idea what his punishment will be for sending those texts to Jets “team hostess” Jenn Sterger. All along everyone, including probably Brett, assumed he would get a fine and not a suspension. Now, per Jay Glazer, we have confirmation that Favre will indeed be hit in the pocket book but not forced to sit out any games.
So, with one week left in the season, the cloud of controversy that has hung black and nasty over Favre ever since Deadspin broke their icky story is finally being blown away. Favre will not end his football career suspended and disgraced, but may instead bring it to a dignified close – by bumping sudden phenom Joe Webb from his starting job for the final game against Detroit. If he can pass the concussion tests.
And as for Jenn Sterger? Some want to cast her in the role of the wronged woman, including Sterger herself, but I don’t think this fits very well. After all, the Deadspin story that supposedly humiliated Sterger and ruined her life would never have come to light had Sterger herself not revealed the existence of the texts. In the end, Favre did nothing that rose above the level of the merely silly and vaguely gross. Sterger’s attempt to inflate the mess into a sexual harassment case blew up in her face, and she has no one to blame but herself if her career in sports ends up being among the causalities of said explosion.
Update: The official proclamation has come down. Favre will be fined $50,000…but not for any wrongdoing against Jenn Sterger. Instead, Favre is receiving the fine because he failed to cooperate with the investigation. He must’ve known all along that no one could prove anything so he just decided to save himself the extra embarrassment of admitting he did something. When you’ve got millions, $50,000 is a small price to pay to avoid a little humiliation.
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