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Goodell still hasn't spoken to Favre, yet

On Friday morning, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appeared on NBC’s Today to discuss the league’s ongoing campaign for breast cancer awareness.  He shared his own personal story regarding the impact of the disease — his mother died of breast cancer in 1984.  She initially waited four months to see a doctor even though she knew that she had a lump; part of the purpose of the NFL’s campaign is to ensure that women seek medical care quickly and immediately.

Co-host Matt Lauer then turned the focus to the dominant NFL story of the week:  the Brett Favre investigation.

“We’re gathering all the facts, Matt,” Goodell said.  “We want to make sure that we understand exactly what happened.  We also want to make sure that everybody in the NFL, whether you’re a player, coach, Commissioner, recognize the responsibility that we all have to the public, to the people who follow our game.  When we get the facts, we’ll apply the Personal Conduct Policy.”

Lauer then asked whether Goodell has spoken to Favre about the matter:  “I have not.”

As to whether Favre could be suspended, Goodell declined specific comment.  “I’m not going to speculate on what we do, Matt, other than we apply the policy whether you’re a high profile player or not,” Goodell said.  “To us, it’s a responsibility of playing the game, and the responsibility we have to our fans.”

We hope that’s the case.  At times, it seems that the league’s discipline isn’t driven by a desire to consistently and fairly apply the rules to all players, but by a desire to manage — and to avoid — P.R. problems.  Indeed, the Favre case first hit the radar screen in early August, generating little notice despite Jenn Sterger’s claim that she received lewd photos from Favre.  After the league acknowledged that it was investigating the existence of a pre-NFL sex tape created by Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes, Greg Aiello gave us a cryptic non-answer answer to the question of whether the Favre situation was being reviewed.

“One can assume that we look into everything that is relevant, whether we
say so or not,” Aiello said at the time.  “This is not a confirmation of anything.”

One can reasonably assume that the league didn’t fully investigate the situation then because doing so would have made something that wasn’t a story into a story.  Once the voice messages and photos were released and the story became a story, the P.R. realities forced the NFL to mobilize an investigation.

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36 Responses to “Goodell still hasn't spoken to Favre, yet”
  1. President Florio says: Oct 15, 2010 9:16 AM

    How come you have not been on the Today show yet Florio?

  2. Ollie says: Oct 15, 2010 9:18 AM

    You just know that the ever so great Favre will get a pass from Goodell!!

  3. pt8106 says: Oct 15, 2010 9:25 AM

    while obviously what Farve has been accused of is certainly ill-advised at best, I think a suspension would be an over the top punishment. She has had 2 years to come forward with this so she obviously wasn’t too offended even though I’m sure she thought it was sleazy. She has said she only kept the pictures and texts because she thought it was funny that someone like Farve had sent them and she could share it with her friends. If she goes forward with this after that amount of time, its hard to believe that a hope for hush money isn’t involved.

  4. iLLogic says: Oct 15, 2010 9:26 AM

    Goodell is such a dbag

  5. gregjennings says: Oct 15, 2010 9:26 AM

    This story is just a dead horse. The NFL has no reason to suspend Favre.

  6. mr_snrub says: Oct 15, 2010 9:28 AM

    After Ron Mexico looked the commish in the eye and lied it’s fair to assume that Goodell wants as much information as possible before questioning a guy who can’t even tell the truth when it comes to playing football.

  7. Justcut&pasteFlorio says: Oct 15, 2010 9:28 AM

    You are such a unknowledgable idiot Florio.
    All you do is try to increase the drama about this case. People on here are sick of it. Just report on football dude.
    You talk about how the NFL shows preferential treatment towards high-profile players…..but the fact is, high-profile players feel the heat about issues like this more than others. If this was a backup offensive guard for Detroit that this was happening too, we wouldn’t have had to suffer through one miserable story of yours……never mind 600. The fact that Favre has made you look like dunce countless times in the past is obviously the route cause of you obsessing about him, but please give us all a break.
    The NFL should not treat Favre any differently in this matter because he is high profile. Agreed. But they also should not punish him for something more simply because he is high profile. This is an HR issue, and if guilty certainly should be punished accordingly. But to say Favre should be suspended for making a poor HR decision when you DON’T know the facts is moronic.
    Please stop reporting on such non-stories as “Goodell has not spoken to Favre yet” when all they are doing now is following there process.
    It’s Friday with a great weekend of NFL football coming up. Report on some stories and stop self-indulgently beating dead horses.

  8. Nate is Gay for Brady says: Oct 15, 2010 9:34 AM

    I just checked with my bookie. The over/under on Farve posts on PFT for today is 4.5.
    I just laid down 3 Gs on the over.

  9. mbbrazi says: Oct 15, 2010 9:40 AM

    You guys gotta stick to football. Any man with any experience with women knows this whole thing is rediculous whether Favre did something or not. If there was anything remotely bothering this Jenn Sterger why didn’t she bring it up back then instead of waiting til now. Football is the last great American refuge where a man can block out women, doesn’t have to be politically correct or fashionable, can enjoy something devoid of everyday insanities of life like a stupid job and the fat women they (I) have to work around everyday (lord there’s an awful lot of fat women, they’re either fat or fatter) and if they have a kid they think they did something special and the world stops for’em (there’s 7 billion people on the planet for God sakes), then they bring that brat to work as if anybody wants to see that homely kid. So let’s keep football-football and not Entertainment Tonight. I want to hear about football not bimbos. And as for this Jenn Sterger………………….so what, let her party and slut around like the trash she is. I’m not defending Favre at all, but for anyone to think that the majority of professional athletes don’t endeavor to this kind of activity on a regular basis-you’ve got a lot of growing up to do, like it or not-it’s common!

  10. JimmySmith says: Oct 15, 2010 9:42 AM

    I’ll believe it when I see it. BrINT has already gotten a free pass a couple of seasons back on the Vikings tampering charges which the NFL swept under the rug. I can’t believe the NFL will sit idly when they can easily confirm the sexting pixs (might need a magnifying glass or Chilly’s expert opinion to identify it is in fact, BrINT’s junk) and the Jet’s married message therapists cell phone records.
    Actions have consequences, now let’s see if Goodell’s balls are bigger than BrINT’s, which isn’t saying much.

  11. drumbug71 says: Oct 15, 2010 9:44 AM

    “The NFL should not treat Favre any differently in this matter because he is high profile. Agreed. But they also should not punish him for something more simply because he is high profile. This is an HR issue, and if guilty certainly should be punished accordingly. But to say Favre should be suspended for making a poor HR decision when you DON’T know the facts is moronic.”
    Let me edit that with a few name changes and see if you still agree:
    The NFL should not treat Roethlisberger any differently in this matter because he is high profile. Agreed. But they also should not punish him for something more simply because he is high profile. This is an HR issue, and if guilty certainly should be punished accordingly. But to say Roethlisberger should be suspended for making a poor decision when you DON’T know the facts is moronic.

  12. Ambrose says: Oct 15, 2010 9:45 AM

    If Favre didn’t do anything that would warrant action by the NFL, he would be shouting from the mountaintops that there is no basis for speculation. He’s a self-indulgent ego-maniac that got caught. He was exposed to be the douche that he is. I wish it were as simple as allowing the guy to deal with this with no one but his wife, but he deliberately involved other persons, including dissing the husband of a massage therapist that had the balls to confront him. This guy became rudderless when his father died. His sense of entitlement has gone to his head in a big way. There is only one thing important to Favre……Favre. I am glad he is no longer a Packer and I was glad they didn’t succumb to his “demands” as he self-righteously expected. He’s not good enough to be a Packer. If he’s good enough to be a Viking…more power to you but you will learn to regret it.

  13. Infidel says: Oct 15, 2010 9:52 AM

    I met a fairy today that granted me one wish.
    “I want to live forever, ” I said.
    “Sorry” said the fairy, “I’m not allowed to grant wishes like that!”
    “Fine” I said, “I want to die after the Vikings win the Super Bowl!”
    “You crafty bastard,” said the fairy.

  14. Hauschild says: Oct 15, 2010 9:56 AM

    I’m wondering when nothing ends up happening, whether apology stories towards Favre will be authored with the same intensity and fervor?
    You people have wasted everybody’s time. What did you hope to accomplish? What will you have learned from this situation that can be applied to the next “alleged” situation?

  15. ACS2 says: Oct 15, 2010 10:00 AM

    Don’t listen to the idiots, Mike. Favre, Favre, Favre. All day long. Favre, Favre, Favre. We eat it up.

  16. Brewdogg says: Oct 15, 2010 10:03 AM

    Nate is Gay for Brady says: October 15, 2010 9:34 AM
    I just checked with my bookie. The over/under on Farve posts on PFT for today is 4.5.
    I just laid down 3 Gs on the over.
    ———————————————–
    What, are you short on cash this week?? You’re missing a couple zeros on that one…..

  17. brett favres crocs says: Oct 15, 2010 10:03 AM

    Lord favre probably told goodell he would ruin him if he didn’t sweep this under the rug.

  18. steelersmichele says: Oct 15, 2010 10:09 AM

    Double standard for some of you fans, huh? If this was some CEO sending pictures to the receptionist, would it be any different?
    After reading so many hate comments about my QB, I’m surprised some of you guys think that Favre’s behavior is okay. He’s married, has kids, and he’s a grandfather. He’s supposed to be one of the greatest QBs ever and is a role model for children. The man was looking to cheat on his wife. He was looking to have an affair.
    For as much as you guys condemned rape, you seem to be supporting adultery.

  19. JCD says: Oct 15, 2010 10:11 AM

    Great commentary, Florio. It’s ridiculous that the commissioner has yet to even talk to Favre. It he lets Favre skate on this he’s lost all ability to discipline anyone else in the league.

  20. dlmcc0909 says: Oct 15, 2010 10:15 AM

    If anything he should be suspended for stupidity. If your a high profile athlete, actor, whatever then you should NEVER leave proof of anything in this day and age. Do I think its harassment? No I dont. But the blatant arrogance is what annoys me with him. I just feel like he should have known better than to leave crazy voice mails.
    Lets all get real, there is no way Goodell is going to suspend him. Certain guys in this league arent getting suspended unless they do something really drastic. I dont see this as drastic. I dont see any way Favre, Brady, or Manning ever get suspended unless they get caught beating up a cheerleader on the sidelines.

  21. ACS2 says: Oct 15, 2010 10:44 AM

    Hauschild says:
    October 15, 2010 9:56 AM
    I’m wondering when nothing ends up happening, whether apology stories towards Favre will be authored with the same intensity and fervor?
    You people have wasted everybody’s time. What did you hope to accomplish? What will you have learned from this situation that can be applied to the next “alleged” situation?
    ———–
    Why would anyone apologize?
    “Sorry you didn’t get suspended for violating the terms of the Personal Conduct Policy, Brett.”
    Is that what you’re looking for? I don’t think there’s any doubt he left those voicemails and sent those pictures. His tearful apology to the team and his silence to the media is all the confirmation you need. So don’t expect any media apologies when all indications are that the story is true.
    Not that the media would ever apologize if it weren’t… But that doesn’t apply here.

  22. ScottyFargo says: Oct 15, 2010 10:49 AM

    Goodell hasn’t spoken to Favre yet cuz he knows it’s a waste of time and this whole whole thing is bullshit. Man, all you Favre haters are looking more and more like fools every day. Just stop being a sheep already and as soon as you stop hating you can sit back and enjoy Lord Favre the Legend and how truely great he is. You’re missing out SHEEP!
    SKOL VIKINGS!

  23. Fantasia says: Oct 15, 2010 10:57 AM

    Goodell is old and useless. Get rid of him.

  24. cheeseweasel says: Oct 15, 2010 11:31 AM

    Nobody would know who Jen Sterger is if it were not for Favre. She’s milked this one pretty good.
    Its a “he said – she said” where “she” has said her piece (or leaked it), and “he” has not said anything. Let this story go away , unless she sent pics of her junk to Favre…

  25. cusoman says: Oct 15, 2010 11:36 AM

    ACS2 says: October 15, 2010 10:44 AM
    Why would anyone apologize?
    “Sorry you didn’t get suspended for violating the terms of the Personal Conduct Policy, Brett.”
    Is that what you’re looking for? I don’t think there’s any doubt he left those voicemails and sent those pictures. His tearful apology to the team and his silence to the media is all the confirmation you need. So don’t expect any media apologies when all indications are that the story is true.
    Not that the media would ever apologize if it weren’t… But that doesn’t apply here
    ————–
    Way to miss the point. It doesn’t matter if he left them or not, the point is if this shakes out to be 2 consenting adults doing this, then there is NO VIOLATION and calling for any sort of suspension is unwarranted. You people are condemning without all of the facts, Florio included, you’re just buying into the whole thing like the mindless sheeple you are.

  26. Justcut&pasteFlorio says: Oct 15, 2010 11:36 AM

    re: ACS2 says:
    October 15, 2010 10:44 AM
    Hauschild says:
    October 15, 2010 9:56 AM
    I’m wondering when nothing ends up happening, whether apology stories towards Favre will be authored with the same intensity and fervor?
    You people have wasted everybody’s time. What did you hope to accomplish? What will you have learned from this situation that can be applied to the next “alleged” situation?
    ———–
    Why would anyone apologize?
    “Sorry you didn’t get suspended for violating the terms of the Personal Conduct Policy, Brett.”
    Is that what you’re looking for? I don’t think there’s any doubt he left those voicemails and sent those pictures. His tearful apology to the team and his silence to the media is all the confirmation you need. So don’t expect any media apologies when all indications are that the story is true.
    Not that the media would ever apologize if it weren’t… But that doesn’t apply here.
    ————————————————
    @ ACS2
    You’ve already lost ALL credibility with this comment dude:
    “ACS2 says:
    October 15, 2010 10:00 AM
    Don’t listen to the idiots, Mike. Favre, Favre, Favre. All day long. Favre, Favre, Favre. We eat it up.”
    Just go back to doing whatever your wife tells you to dude and save your ridiculous nonsence for the TMZ commentary blogs.

  27. Justcut&pasteFlorio says: Oct 15, 2010 11:45 AM

    re: cheeseweasel says:
    October 15, 2010 11:31 AM
    Nobody would know who Jen Sterger is if it were not for Favre. She’s milked this one pretty good.
    Its a “he said – she said” where “she” has said her piece (or leaked it), and “he” has not said anything. Let this story go away , unless she sent pics of her junk to Favre…
    ————————————————-
    WELL said!!
    Yes, pics of her junk please. We need to examine as evidence. Otherwise throw this dead horse in the glue machine and move on!!

  28. forte year old virgin says: Oct 15, 2010 12:18 PM

    not sure whom the bigger idiot is Scotty Fargo or this Cut and paste tool, really children.
    This is so sad because our, (the USA’s) future is in the hands of this generation, we are doomed
    on another note… do you really think that anyone…. , anyone who can make any kind of determination on this issue reads these posts ??
    No, did not think so , but thanks for keeping me amused today , I appreciate it

  29. mikemcsaint says: Oct 15, 2010 12:23 PM

    I think the Vikings want these stories out there so they can keep the focus off of how bad the Vikings are as a team. They realize that the meager fan base they have will continue to dwindle because they are moving further and further out of contention for a playoff spot. Heck, even if they make the playoffs they’ll need extenstions to sell out if they have home games. The Vikings – a soap opera that could replace The Days of Our Lives.

  30. ScottyFargo says: Oct 15, 2010 2:59 PM

    Anyone who rips Favre or the Vikings is clearly jealous. Jealous that they don’t have Lord Favre, and lealous that they know the Vikings are a better team and will easily finish 12-4 or 13-3 and win home field advantage. Look at their schedule, every game is winnable. You all know this and it scares you! Favre is still recovering from a horrible ankle injury and is already getting close to his MVP form. Moss will be catching 1-2 TDs a week from here on out, and Harvin will be getting 1 a game too. Add in the Shaincoe and some from Peterson and others and Favre will have 40 TDs easy! The Vikings will quickly be passing the Packers and Bears in the standing.
    That’s some cold hard facts right there!
    SKOL VIKINGS.

  31. Pervy xx says: Oct 15, 2010 3:19 PM

    Did you guys catch the Deanna Favre press conference earlier? She apologized for the circus surrounding the Vikings and that the photos were really intended for her. Problem was,in true brett fashion,they were intercepted…..

  32. ACS2 says: Oct 15, 2010 5:03 PM

    cusoman says:
    October 15, 2010 11:36 AM
    Way to miss the point. It doesn’t matter if he left them or not, the point is if this shakes out to be 2 consenting adults doing this, then there is NO VIOLATION and calling for any sort of suspension is unwarranted. You people are condemning without all of the facts, Florio included, you’re just buying into the whole thing like the mindless sheeple you are.
    ————-
    Oh really? Nothing wrong? Then why did Roethlisberger get suspended? In the eyes of the law he did nothing wrong.
    As if a shameless Vikings shill like yourself should use the word “sheeple” without referencing yourself.

  33. ACS2 says: Oct 15, 2010 5:06 PM

    Justcut&pasteFlorio says:
    October 15, 2010 11:36 AM
    @ ACS2
    You’ve already lost ALL credibility with this comment dude:
    “ACS2 says:
    October 15, 2010 10:00 AM
    Don’t listen to the idiots, Mike. Favre, Favre, Favre. All day long. Favre, Favre, Favre. We eat it up.”
    Just go back to doing whatever your wife tells you to dude and save your ridiculous nonsence for the TMZ commentary blogs.
    ———–
    OK, tough guy. Whatever you say.
    In case you haven’t noticed, this is TMZ. Open your eyes.
    And as I said before, we eat it up, Mike! Favre, Favre, Favre!
    There’s a reason more than half of the top commented stories on this site are perpetually about Favre. Well, two reasons. #1 – he’s a walking, talking soap opera. #2 – Favre stories drive page views.
    Denying that just makes you an idiot.

  34. ACS2 says: Oct 15, 2010 5:08 PM

    ScottyFargo says:
    October 15, 2010 2:59 PM
    Anyone who rips Favre or the Vikings is clearly jealous. Jealous that they don’t have Lord Favre, and lealous that they know the Vikings are a better team and will easily finish 12-4 or 13-3 and win home field advantage. Look at their schedule, every game is winnable. You all know this and it scares you! Favre is still recovering from a horrible ankle injury and is already getting close to his MVP form. Moss will be catching 1-2 TDs a week from here on out, and Harvin will be getting 1 a game too. Add in the Shaincoe and some from Peterson and others and Favre will have 40 TDs easy! The Vikings will quickly be passing the Packers and Bears in the standing.
    That’s some cold hard facts right there!
    SKOL VIKINGS.
    ———–
    OK, Scotty. You heard it here first.. The Vikings are going to win out!
    At his current pace, he’ll hit 40 INTs before he hits 40 TDs.

  35. Ambrose says: Oct 15, 2010 5:33 PM

    ScottyFargo says:
    October 15, 2010 10:49 AM
    …….as soon as you stop hating you can sit back and enjoy Lord Favre the Legend and how truely great he is.
    ———————————————
    Spoken like a true first-year Favre fan, not like the rest of us that got tired of his schtick many many years ago. You can have him.

  36. superb owl says: Oct 15, 2010 8:23 PM

    even roger is still laughing…
    and… the today show?
    florio belongs on ‘the view’.

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