Sterger lawyer rips NFL decision
The attorney for former Jets game day host Jenn Sterger ripped the NFL's decision to absolve Brett Favre of not violating the league's personal conduct policy after he allegedly sent inappropriate texts and photos during the 2008 season when Favre was the Jets quarterback.
Conway did not indicate in the statement whether he intended to pursue additional legal options against Favre for violating workplace rules.
"My client and I are extremely disappointed, but not surprised, at today’s NFL
announcement that Brett Favre did not violate the NFL “workplace conduct”
policy," Mineola-based attorney Joseph Conway said in a statement. "While I am not privy to how [NFL Commissioner] Mr. Goodell reached such a finding, we strongly disagree with his conclusion that there was insufficient evidence to support a violation of the policy. To the contrary, our evidence and the personal testimony of Ms. Sterger clearly showed a pattern of lewd and offensive behavior by Mr. Favre that lasted all of the 2008 season. As noted in the NFL’s release, “there was no evidence to suggest that Sterger engaged in any inappropriate conduct.” In addition to the offensive messages, there was ample evidence to show that the sexually explicit photographs were part of Favre’s inappropriate behavior. Our evidence clearly showed that the photos were sent by Favre."
Conway also suggested that Goodell should have found fault with the Jets' organization.
"Mr. Goodell completely failed to address the complicity of the New
York Jet organization in Favre’s conduct," he said. "The evidence was explicit that Ms.
Sterger’s personal telephone numbers were provided to Favre by still-current
employees of the New York Jets. This was done without Ms. Sterger’s knowledge
Conway said the league's failure to more severely discipline Favre sent the wrong message.
"The fact that the League took the step of fining Favre for “not being
candid in several respects during the investigation” is disturbing in the message it
sends. It clearly shows that an NFL star player was given preferential treatment
and tells all other players that failure to cooperate may cost you some money but
will not result in other punishment. Additionally, today’s decision is an affront to
all females and shows once again that, despite tough talk, the NFL remains the
good old boys’ league."