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Mort: Favre case on a "fast track"

We explained earlier today that the investigation involving Vikings quarterback Brett Favre could move quickly.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN says that it could move very quickly.

Mort said on Sunday NFL Countdown that the case is on a “fast track,” and that NFL Security will meet with Favre if/when the league has obtained enough information from former Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger indicating that the allegations of unwanted voice and text messages are accurate.

Mortensen suggests that the investigation could be wrapped up in four-to-six weeks, and that Favre potentially could end the season under suspension.

But here’s the most important thing to keep in mind — Favre has appeal rights.  Though NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell retains full judge/jury/executioner authority over matters of this nature, the league would have to give Favre due process.  So if discipline is imposed by Thanksgiving, how could an appeal be resolved by January?

For the same reasons that the league shouldn’t brush the case under the rug because it involves Brett Favre, the league also should not give the case extra attention or urgency because it involves Brett Favre.  The league needs to treat the case like it would treat any other case involving any other player.

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  1. Warpstone says: Oct 10, 2010 11:17 AM

    “The league needs to treat the case like it would treat any other case involving any other player.”
    Good luck with that.

  2. johnny1979 says: Oct 10, 2010 11:18 AM

    Dirt bag

  3. SFNFLer says: Oct 10, 2010 11:19 AM

    After a few weeks and some other mild Deadspin minutiae, this story will have no legs…so to speak.

  4. shaggeez says: Oct 10, 2010 11:19 AM

    i guess he’ll be suspended for the super bowl.

  5. Pitbullcopper77 says: Oct 10, 2010 11:19 AM

    At least I have more “talent” than old man Favre..

  6. pacificamike says: Oct 10, 2010 11:20 AM

    respect mort

  7. Bay Area 415 says: Oct 10, 2010 11:23 AM

    When your brain is smaller that your Willy, you’re gonna have problems. Retiring in a shame spiral is befitting of the league’s biggest narcissist

  8. JackieTreehorn says: Oct 10, 2010 11:23 AM

    Again, this just in……”Favre’s consecutive game streak ends because he showed his penis”…. and the legacy lives on…..

  9. FireFlorio says: Oct 10, 2010 11:25 AM

    Your right. They shouldn’t brush it under the rug because its Brett Favre – They should brush it under the rug because it is a non-story and the only ones making a fuss about it are:
    1. The creepily Favre obsessed Florio
    2. Some miserable Packers fans
    3. The Jets and NY media because they are playing the Vikings this week.
    Stick to break news Florio. Your obsession with Favre is down right creepy.
    I hope the league puts this to bed super fast and I hope Florio ends up looking almost as ridiculous after this as he did the Mike Wise and Cowlishaw debacles.

  10. stiller43 says: Oct 10, 2010 11:27 AM

    4-6 weeks is a fast track?
    I’d hate to see what the regular process is.
    They should just go to deadspin, listen to the recordings, ask Mrs. Favre (or Peter King or Florio) to confirm if those pics are Brett’s wee-wee, and then apply the suspension by next week and put the coffin in the Vikes season for something he did as a Jet.
    On a side note, I haven’t REALLY followed this story, but did Ms. Sterger complain to anyone in the Jets organization during the ’08 season while Favre was with the Jets? If she did, and seemingly no action was taken to tell Lord Favre to stop all this nonsense, would they be subject to some kind of fine/draft pick punishment?
    It’s not a good thing if your organization allows your team to sexually harass female employees…or more recently, hot Latina reporters who dress REALLY unprofessionally.

  11. myasylum says: Oct 10, 2010 11:27 AM

    Is the NFL it’s own Government or what? NFL police?

  12. mcarey032 says: Oct 10, 2010 11:28 AM

    Meaning that there will not be anything material until this season is over and favree will retire without punishment.

  13. Sterling says: Oct 10, 2010 11:29 AM

    That last paragraph is dead on. He shouldn’t be let off the hook b/c he’s Brett Favre, but he also shouldn’t be unduly targeted b/c he’s Brett Favre. He doesn’t have a history of this kind of behavior – yet.
    Knowing Brett and his love of off-color practical jokes, this was likely a practical joke taken too far. Disgusting, yes. And very, very stupid. But Brett likely didn’t think about how it would look or what the league might think about it. He just did it ’cause he thought it was funny.

  14. LordTed says: Oct 10, 2010 11:29 AM

    Holy Crap,
    Florio..and all you Packtards are like a bunch of women….
    A bunch of irrational, hormonal, gossipy, washwomen…(and i’m being kind here).

  15. ItsallaboutBrett says: Oct 10, 2010 11:30 AM

    Important point was made in this article. No decision made until November, appeal process not taking place until January. Season is over. Brett retires-no penalty. A convenient way for all parties to carry on, business as usual.

  16. pats307 says: Oct 10, 2010 11:30 AM

    Favre has every reason to go for a negotiated settlement here.
    Expect him to accept a suspension or big fine that mitigates the damage to his legacy and his civil liability.
    The longer the inveestigation goes on, the broader the scope will become.

  17. The Ghost of Terry Bradshaw says: Oct 10, 2010 11:31 AM

    I don’t know if I can wait another 30 minutes for the next Brett Favre update from!

  18. cusoman says: Oct 10, 2010 11:31 AM

    Did you really need another story on the same thing? Panderers, all of you.

  19. @nfcnorth247 says: Oct 10, 2010 11:34 AM

    How could this impact Brett Favre’s contract with the Minnesota Vikings? Do they have a clause for recouping some of the $16+ million they owe him? Especially since he might not play the whole year?

  20. Kubik says: Oct 10, 2010 11:35 AM

    I really don’t know what you guys are going to do once Favre retires for good.
    How can you come up with the 50% of stories that will take away?

  21. BigBear123 says: Oct 10, 2010 11:36 AM

    Considering it is relating to the Personal Conduct Policy and Favre the leagues security will have to be very careful and would have to present a strong case.
    If that is done it is hard to imagine any appeal holding much merit since the Personal Conduct Policy has a pretty broad definition.
    After the way Ben was handled under the PCP if Favre gets a free pass until after the season ends and decides to retire Goodell would look like a hypocrite.
    If Favre ends the season under suspension I thing the good ol’boy in him would want to return for another season just because. He didn’t want to ride off into the sunset after throwing a game losing int, this will bring him back. Unless the league decides to impose it after the season ends and lets him ride off without facing any real punishment.

  22. Hershal Walkers #5 Personality says: Oct 10, 2010 11:40 AM

    What the big deal? Isn’t it detrimental to hire a porn star to do reporting for the Jets? I guess the NFL condones this kind of behavior That’s not very family oriented.

  23. william sizemore says: Oct 10, 2010 11:40 AM

    Brett, to bad you are not still on the Jets, then the league would sweep it under the rug, this league has double standards for difference players and teams. Bill

  24. Hail2ThaRedskins says: Oct 10, 2010 11:42 AM

    I find it extremely hard to believe that Favre would be suspended over this. As mentioned, even if they did “suspend” him, I would imagine an appeal would be allowed to drag out until after the season. At which time Brett Favre would actually retire once and for all.

  25. CollegeToPros says: Oct 10, 2010 11:44 AM

    lol @ minnesota. oh and Randy, next time u complain about catches, u can yell at tavares jackson!
    Don’t bite the hand that feeds u. You ruined a solid combo in New England. so enjoy minnesota and your money.

  26. shoe says: Oct 10, 2010 11:46 AM

    Maybe Brett needs Tebow as a mentor?

  27. stefanovich says: Oct 10, 2010 11:47 AM

    I see what you’re getting at, Florio, but I think this actually is a special case, as the NFL may not be able to discipline Favre before he retires if they proceed normally. That would send a bad message to all the many pervs they have in their employ.
    I think what this says is that if you try to take advantage of the NFL’s reputation by using it to exploit young women, you’re going to be punished and embarrassed by the league, no matter who you are, as you should be. They need to make an example of him for the sake of their own image, and they can’t do anything if he’s out of the league next year.
    I think it’s the perfect way for the NFL to send a very strong message about sexual harrasment… by prematurely ending the career of one of its so-called greatest players–for doing something that someone truly great never would.

  28. shoe says: Oct 10, 2010 11:48 AM

    Im sure he is only NFL player to send inappropriate txt messages.

  29. jrhsd says: Oct 10, 2010 11:50 AM

    why won’t you print my comments?
    There is nothing at all improper about them.
    I just want everybody to read the original article and the comments about how the pictures she had seen had a watch that was identifiable as it was a gift he wore in a press conference and he was wearing crocs.
    These pictures and Myspace frames are a very very bad fake. In the days of the internet people are very keen to this.
    Obvious fake. The voicemails may be real though.

  30. stiller43 says: Oct 10, 2010 11:52 AM

    He should just throw her a cool couple mil and tell her to shut up. She’d be dumb not to take it and say she made the whole thing up…or if she wants to save her “dignity” (not that the pics of her on the internet do much to allow her to keep that), she could say it was a personal friend playing a joke on her, but she won’t reveal them.

  31. Brian Zygo says: Oct 10, 2010 11:53 AM

    There is a very, very good reason for NFL to fast track this matter and take it as seriously as possible. Say what you will about Jen Sterger, but she was an employee of the New York Jets at the time of this incident, not an outside reporter. While it does not appear that Sterger intends on pursuing any legal actions, how the NFL handles this is important in the future should it face legal claims of sexual harassment or hostile work environment from other employees. In order to limit its potential liability, the league needs to show it takes these kind of matters seriously.

  32. jrhsd says: Oct 10, 2010 12:03 PM

    Here’s another reason it will move quickly: No suspension is coming.
    Like anybody watching this closely Roger knows this is a publicity stunt by the sex industry worker the jets hired to be a “hostess/reporter” who has a nude magazine appearance coming out soon. Her problem was that without the pictures nobody believed the story. So they made up the pictures.
    Where are the crocs? Where is the watch?
    How can you be so stupid as to leave out details in the fake that were in the original story?

  33. FireJerryJones says: Oct 10, 2010 12:05 PM

    So Favre gets a few more days off to look forward to.

  34. jrhsd says: Oct 10, 2010 12:05 PM

    finally, what are the chances Roger Goodell will move swiftly to end Brett Favre’s starting streak?
    If Favre gets hurt and breaks the streak, it’s possible.
    But when did the NFL start suspending people for being creeps and womanizers?
    And I’m sure there are those here who think Favre should be suspended but also support Charles Haley for the hall of fame when he used to sit in team meetings and masturbate telling the other players he was imagining their wives. Hypocrisy at its finest.

  35. arbe999 says: Oct 10, 2010 12:09 PM

    This is idiotic and the worst case of crap journalism. It is 2 years old. Does anyone else’s cases go back that far? Is she prosecuting? Not. This is seriously a who cares. Please.

  36. PackerFanTastic says: Oct 10, 2010 12:12 PM

    Now that Favre’s a grandpa, he should get the little guy a copy of the Disney favorite “Lady and the Tramp.” He can tell his grandson it’s about his grandpa.

  37. toddm6d says: Oct 10, 2010 12:20 PM

    Here comes the Starcaps revenge from the NFL.

  38. melikefootball says: Oct 10, 2010 12:23 PM

    The league office is dragging there feet…..waiting on last word by Bradshaw on what to do with Favre.

  39. Kegowhiskey says: Oct 10, 2010 12:26 PM

    I hate to state the obvious, but enforcing all sexting and provocative phone calls is going to end the game well before anyone can stage a lockout. I’d wager at least 20% of the league players do the same, probably more, and that doesn’t count team leadership. 20% = almost 1700 players, and can you imagine pursuing all those cases? If the woman doesn’t have a problem with it, the league should just stay out. I can’t believe there aren’t league officials looking out of a gigantic glass house here.

  40. weezilgirl says: Oct 10, 2010 12:51 PM

    “Knowing Brett and his love of off-color practical jokes, this was likely a practical joke taken too far. Disgusting, yes. And very, very stupid. But Brett likely didn’t think about how it would look or what the league might think about it. He just did it ’cause he thought it was funny. ”
    1. emailing a photo of your penis to a woman, who isn’t your wife, is just “off-color practical joking”?
    2. how did it get down to only the reporter? i read about two massage therapists that he harassed.
    3. if he isn’t treated like a player of lesser “fame”, then the NFL truly is a joke.
    4. if they drag it out so he can play til the season is over, the NFL truly is another joke.
    5. it is disgusting. in it’s best light, a penis isn’t all that attractive.

  41. cusoman says: Oct 10, 2010 3:11 PM

    This is a load of bull. The very term “fast tracking” means they are treating it different than other investigations. I call BS and a Jets setup.

  42. MACHINE GUN IBIZA says: Oct 10, 2010 4:01 PM

    4-6 weeks is the “fast track”? Let me handle it and I will have it done in 2 days.
    Me: “Brett-whats the deal on these pics? Did you send them?”
    Brett: “Yes i did”
    Thats it. case closed.

  43. Viks_2009_SuperBoleCHAMPS! says: Oct 10, 2010 7:06 PM

    LOL!! this is a made up story by some ideit fugpacker fan that is jellous that there team cant win and the vikings are gonna be super bowl champs!

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