After a weeks-long investigation into allegations that Brett Favre sent inappropriate texts and photos to former Jets game day host Jenn Sterger, the NFL has fined Favre $50,000 for not cooperating with investigators, but said there was no violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy.
Favre was thus not suspended for his behavior, nor were the Jets penalized for any workplace violations.
According to a statement released by the NFL this afternoon, the sole focus was on whether there was a violation of league policy with regard to conduct in the workplace. The league said those 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."
The league first began investigating the matter in October, when reports surfaced a second time on the website Deadspin.com that Favre had sent the inappropriate texts and videos. The league explained today that the investigation took several weeks because the conduct occurred two years ago, and because it said certain records and individuals were not available to investigators.
The NFL also reviewed another report in the New York Post that Favre had engaged in inappropriate behavior with two massage therapists employed by the Jets. However, any misconduct regarding those claims could not be substantiated because "individuals with potentially relevant information declined to be interviewed or otherwise cooperate with the investigation."