At a time when the early pregame shows engaged in a feeding frenzy that suggested a quick decision and a definite suspension if Vikings quarterback Brett Favre is found to have placed unwanted calls and sent unwanted photos to former Jets sideline report Jenn Sterger, Peter King of NBC has tapped the brakes and put the matter in perspective.
Even if a preliminary decision comes within the next couple of weeks, there’s no guarantee that a suspension will follow.
“Don’t automatically assume that Favre, if found culpable in this case, is going to get a suspension because he has no previous violations of the Personal Conduct Policy,” King told me minutes after presenting his report during Football Night in America. But he added a caveat. “They could find the offense so heinous that they could suspend him,” King said, “but it’s not automatic.”
If a suspension ultimately is imposed, Favre would have up to 10 days to file an appeal. Under the Personal Conduct Policy and Section XI of the labor agreement, the suspension would not be implemented until the appeal has been resolved.
Though the league can’t force Favre to file his appeal any sooner than 10 days after the decision is issued, the league can expedite the appeal process once the appeal is filed.
Either way, King believes that this matter won’t be resolved before the end of the month, which means that Favre most likely will be available for each of the next four games, against the Jets, Cowboys, Packers, and Patriots.
UPDATE: Video proof.