Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback Brett Favre has recently been accused of sexual harassment by former Jets’ sideline reporter Jenn Sterger.
Though the NFL immediately launched an investigation after inappropriate pictures and text messages that were said to be Favre’s were placed on the internet, nothing has yet to be proven. The pictures and texts were sent in 2008.
Favre’s consecutive-games- played streak may remain safe if there is no declared evidence that Favre was in the pictures.
According to Forbes Magazine, the scandal could cost Favre at least $100 million post-retirement when all is said and done.
Favre, the only quarterback to ever beat all 32 teams in the NFL, has earned a lot of money, but if the harassment is true, I don’t feel that the pictures were worth it.
“I’m not getting into that. I’ve got my hands full with the Jets and am trying to get timing down with our guys, so that’s all I’m going to discuss,” Favre said on Fox Sports.
Favre, who has twice already retired and returned before the season started, is known as one of the golden boys of the NFL. If the pictures and texts are traced back to Favre, I feel that the NFL should make an example out of him.
It is disrespectful to play the game he loves while trying to keep this drama on the “down-low.” If they want to clean up the acts of professional athletes, there is no better way to set an example than with legendary Brett Favre.
The NFL should suspend Favre for the remainder of the season. If you are at work and someone accuses you of sexually harassing them, there is usually no way you are allowed to continue working: They would fire you on the spot.
The NFL’s code of conduct states that “a first offense will generally not result in discipline,” unless the commissioner sees that it warrants such action. Commissioner Roger Goodell put Ben Roethlisberger through a six game suspension and behavior evaluation even though he was never charged or convicted of a crime.
Even though Favre has not been proven guilty and has no record of previous sexual harassment, the NFL should discipline him in a “take no prisoners” kind of way.