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Goodell reiterates that Favre investigation focuses on "workplace conduct"

In a Thursday afternoon online chat at NFL.com, Commissioner Roger Goodell fielded a question regarding the ongoing Brett Favre investigation.

Goodell acknowledged that the investigation focuses on “workplace conduct.”  More specifically, the focal point is whether and to what extent sexual harassment occurred.

Goodell also said that the NFL is “working hard on the development of our workplace conduct training program for all teams.”

As we previously reported, neither the NFL nor the Jets have provided training aimed at avoiding sexual harassment to players.

The investigation began after audio and photos that Favre allegedly sent to former Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger surfaced on Deadspin.com earlier this month.  Favre played for the Jets at the time the alleged conduct occurred.

Favre was interviewed on Tuesday.  Sterger has not yet agreed to cooperate.  She has hired a lawyer, who has indicated an intention to “pursue any available remedies” for her.

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  1. Fidelito says: Oct 21, 2010 10:34 PM

    If by surfaced, you mean Jenn Sterger specifically told Daulerio to use her story only on background and then having him completely ignore her like the dirt bag he is. And then have the gall to tell the NFL he won’t give up his “sources” to further any investigations. What integrity the illustrious Deadspin editor is.

  2. pghguyy33 says: Oct 21, 2010 10:35 PM

    so hes softing his stance for no susension.. all of the other actions were not at work and still drew suspensions for various reasons… i smell bullshit!

  3. jmount126 says: Oct 21, 2010 10:39 PM

    Remind me again how a company (or companies, depending on who you ask) like the NFL can get away with NOT having a sexual harassment policy?

  4. Jackson says: Oct 21, 2010 10:43 PM

    Da’ ho’ wants some dough..period.

  5. ChickenDinner says: Oct 21, 2010 10:59 PM

    It was Roger’s penis

  6. Mr$teve says: Oct 21, 2010 11:09 PM

    In effect, the Vikings have been punished by this all season. Just suspend him or drop it already.

  7. Deb says: Oct 21, 2010 11:11 PM

    Yes, men should have more discipline than stray dogs and be able to resist peeing on everything in sight to mark their territory. BUT populating locker rooms and sidelines with Barbie dolls and strippers then telling players not to look is a little like filling a daycare with candy and telling kids not to eat.
    Why did an NFL team hire a heavily enhanced Maxim and Playboy centerfold as a “sideline” reporter in the first place? Definitely not to woo a family audience. Supposedly the NFL is desperately trying to market to women and family viewers. And I do like and respect Suzy Kolber. But let’s face it: Few of the female sideline reporters were hired for their game knoweldge. Most of them look like Heidi and Gidget Do the Game. As a female football fan, I don’t find anything about that inclusive. I’m much more excited to hear about female team execs than glorified cheerleaders with mics taking jobs that used to go to ex-players who have genuine game knowledge.
    So maybe if Goodell would stop this titillating tokenism and return to hiring real sideline reporters who aren’t three parts silicone and haven’t made any skin flicks, he won’t have to spend as much time dealing with these embarrassing “workplace” subjects.

  8. Richm2257 says: Oct 21, 2010 11:26 PM

    So worst case, let’s suppose that this was not a case of workplace sexual harrassment …..
    is Roger Goodell saying the league thinks it’s just fine for any player – let alone one of Favre’s stature – to send photo’s of their exposed penis to someone other than their wife? Is he suggesting that this in and of itself doesn’t violate a personal conduct code?

  9. BigBear123 says: Oct 21, 2010 11:43 PM

    Higher standard for workplace conduct. Have seen people escorted away for much less.
    Williams star caps payback incoming.

  10. pakrguru says: Oct 21, 2010 11:48 PM

    Hmmmm….I smell a rat…and for once it isn’t the smell eminating from Brett Pevre’s behind.
    The average Joe is told to not only avoid making any such advances IN the workplace….they are told to avoid making any such advances OUTSIDE the workplace. Yet…Goodell is setting this up to say that “Brett never sent anything while he was at work”.
    Hmmmm….seeing how I don’t see the old codger stashing a cell phone in his pants (which were clearly on the ground), it would be kinda hard for him to send such messages while in the workplace, now wouldn’t it?
    Either way….suspension…or no suspension from the NFL…I’m sure Deanna has his boys suspended for a loooooonnnngggg time.
    I can hear Brett now….Hey Deanna….do you think I could take my balls for a walk? Yep…just get them out from the jar you have in your purse….

  11. Raider Pride says: Oct 21, 2010 11:54 PM

    Fidelito says:
    October 21, 2010 10:34 PM
    If by surfaced, you mean Jenn Sterger specifically told Daulerio to use her story only on background and then having him completely ignore her like the dirt bag he is. And then have the gall to tell the NFL he won’t give up his “sources” to further any investigations. What integrity the illustrious Deadspin editor is.
    ———————————————
    Nuff Said:
    Every once in a while…. On P.F.T. there is a comment by a “Wicked Smart” and reasonable mind that just should end the total comment thread. Simply because no one else can make it more clear.
    Fidelito. Well done. Brilliant comment/feed back.

  12. JerryD says: Oct 22, 2010 12:00 AM

    ‘workplace conduct” …. whaaaat?
    What about all the other players from Big Ben at the bar to, domestics, to DUI, weapons, drunken deeds, strip clubs, fights etc.
    They weren’t workplace. I say down with Goodell & his ilk. Tired of Favre’s girly-boy melodrama anyway, turning football into a baby-mama-drama talk show.

  13. Joe in Raleigh says: Oct 22, 2010 12:01 AM

    Since when is a football field considered a “workplace.”
    I think sometimes Goodell forgets that these guys are jocks, not corporate 9 to 5ers. The good behavior bar needs to be set pretty low.

  14. Mad Dog says: Oct 22, 2010 12:40 AM

    Fidelito Fidelito Fidelito How can Deadspin be the dirtbag in your little world. Favre manipulates the media as to this tormented family man who plays for the love of the game, and then he practically stalks this chick who wanted zero to do with him with many phone calls and Myspace pleadings. when that didn’t work, he gets naked in his hotel room, strokes his Mississipi Dinger to get it all puffed up and snaps some photo’s of it (unless he tipped the bellhop to be the photgrapher) and sends it to the girl in hopes this will be the thing that brings her around…….Nah Favre isn’t the douche, it’s deadspin. His sending pic’s of his dinger after his beggings didn’t get her is acceptable. Lets make him NFL Man of the year. Deadspin was just wrong to publicize it.
    Favre is 41 years old. who in the hell shoots pictures of their dinger to chicks, and especially one who doesn’t want you.
    The world of Fried Fidelito had to include a high dosage of Opium if he is down with Favre’s dinger and blames Deadspin for this deal.

  15. RealityTrip says: Oct 22, 2010 1:09 AM

    Amazing story, everything heats up right before the Jets/Vikes MNF matchup and now it slowly fades away like as if it is swept under the rug.
    It looks and stinks like a Jets PR ploy to me to throw one talented team off balance and then let this die out enough but not go away just in case they meet in the super bowl. It is a stretch but when thought out, it would not be surprising coming from the Ryan camp. Try anything to gain an edge.

  16. Nasty says: Oct 22, 2010 1:18 AM

    So Goodell’s logic will be as long as Brett didn’t send her dong pics while at the Jets complex or in Giants Stadium he’ll be let off the hook? Sure sounds like it to me.
    I guess Milledgeville Georgia where UNCHARGED Ben was, is located in Heinz Field or on the South Side?
    This is just another example of how incompetent Goodell is. He’s ruining the game, the owners have to replace him. If they don’t, they deserve all the backlash the league is getting right now.

  17. HowBoutThemTexans says: Oct 22, 2010 2:06 AM

    Do you need to be trained to not dong shot sideline reporters? Is that not given these days? Is nothing sacred?

  18. HowBoutThemTexans says: Oct 22, 2010 2:06 AM

    Do you need to be trained to not dong shot sideline reporters? Is that not given these days? Is nothing sacred?

  19. forthelove says: Oct 22, 2010 2:09 AM

    “As we previously reported, neither the NFL nor the Jets have provided training aimed at avoiding sexual harassment to players.”
    Whoa who’s sexually harassing the players??

  20. forthelove says: Oct 22, 2010 2:09 AM

    “As we previously reported, neither the NFL nor the Jets have provided training aimed at avoiding sexual harassment to players.”
    Whoa who’s sexually harassing the players??

  21. heyitsmejosh says: Oct 22, 2010 2:23 AM

    if farve had a camera he would be fined a first round pick and 750k

  22. heyitsmejosh says: Oct 22, 2010 2:23 AM

    if farve had a camera he would be fined a first round pick and 750k

  23. RexR#1 says: Oct 22, 2010 2:39 AM

    what’s interesting here is why the holier than thou media doesnt bring out the spyglass and investigate every single thing their compatriot sterger has done in her life and as a supposed sports commentator? actually its not surprising!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. RexR#1 says: Oct 22, 2010 2:39 AM

    what’s interesting here is why the holier than thou media doesnt bring out the spyglass and investigate every single thing their compatriot sterger has done in her life and as a supposed sports commentator? actually its not surprising!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. TheBottomLine says: Oct 22, 2010 3:17 AM

    suspend him for 4 games please

  26. TheBottomLine says: Oct 22, 2010 3:17 AM

    suspend him for 4 games please

  27. TBTrojan says: Oct 22, 2010 3:52 AM

    Why focus on “Workplace conduct” for Favre but every other player gets slapped around by the Commish for things in their private life.
    Look at Ben Ruthlessraper, he gets suspended, he was never charged and none of it was in the workplace.
    Another example of Brett being “bigger than the game” and those around him.
    Just suspend the jackass for the year and hopefully we will never haver to hear from the attention whore again.

  28. TBTrojan says: Oct 22, 2010 3:52 AM

    Why focus on “Workplace conduct” for Favre but every other player gets slapped around by the Commish for things in their private life.
    Look at Ben Ruthlessraper, he gets suspended, he was never charged and none of it was in the workplace.
    Another example of Brett being “bigger than the game” and those around him.
    Just suspend the jackass for the year and hopefully we will never haver to hear from the attention whore again.

  29. Freebird2010 says: Oct 22, 2010 6:35 AM

    What’s the legal strategy here? Well, the NFL has a legal duty to promptly investigate complaints of hostile environment sexual harassment. Obviously, Goodell is attempting to fulfill that obligation with or without Sterger’s help.
    Once the investigation is complete, a decision must be made whether sexual harassment occurred. The issue is a bit different for the NFL/Jets. Most employers have a “zero tolerance” policy. What this means is that an employee may have violated the employer’s policy, but the actions themselves may not rise to the severe/pervasive level necessary to become legally actionable sexual harassment.
    If the NFL/Jets find that Favre violated the league’s and/or team’s policies, and sanction him appropriately in an effort to punish past sexual harassment and deter future sexual harassment, then the NFL/Jets would be legally off the hook regarding any potential state law claims. Additionally, if there are future claims, the NFL/Jets can say they take sexual harassment seriously.

  30. Freebird2010 says: Oct 22, 2010 6:35 AM

    What’s the legal strategy here? Well, the NFL has a legal duty to promptly investigate complaints of hostile environment sexual harassment. Obviously, Goodell is attempting to fulfill that obligation with or without Sterger’s help.
    Once the investigation is complete, a decision must be made whether sexual harassment occurred. The issue is a bit different for the NFL/Jets. Most employers have a “zero tolerance” policy. What this means is that an employee may have violated the employer’s policy, but the actions themselves may not rise to the severe/pervasive level necessary to become legally actionable sexual harassment.
    If the NFL/Jets find that Favre violated the league’s and/or team’s policies, and sanction him appropriately in an effort to punish past sexual harassment and deter future sexual harassment, then the NFL/Jets would be legally off the hook regarding any potential state law claims. Additionally, if there are future claims, the NFL/Jets can say they take sexual harassment seriously.

  31. JimmySmith says: Oct 22, 2010 7:31 AM

    If BrINT Favre is guilty of sexual harassment in the work place, it’s his humiliating treatment of his submissive bitch, Col Klink. Surely the head coach is deserving of more respect than to be regulated to chauffeuring duties and being forced to wear women’s clothes.
    Wait, did you say Klink did these things on his own volition? Ah, never mind.

  32. JimmySmith says: Oct 22, 2010 7:31 AM

    If BrINT Favre is guilty of sexual harassment in the work place, it’s his humiliating treatment of his submissive bitch, Col Klink. Surely the head coach is deserving of more respect than to be regulated to chauffeuring duties and being forced to wear women’s clothes.
    Wait, did you say Klink did these things on his own volition? Ah, never mind.

  33. Ambrose says: Oct 22, 2010 7:50 AM

    The “workplace conduct” clarification are carefully constructed words that will enable Goodell to do absolutely nothing to their “god”, the almighty Favre. If the crocs don’t fit, you must acquit.

  34. Ambrose says: Oct 22, 2010 7:50 AM

    The “workplace conduct” clarification are carefully constructed words that will enable Goodell to do absolutely nothing to their “god”, the almighty Favre. If the crocs don’t fit, you must acquit.

  35. Infidel says: Oct 22, 2010 8:35 AM

    Brett Favre created this mess. No one else.
    Remember that.
    This is an embarrassment to the NFL brand.
    Favre is beyond being embarrassed. Just watch his reaction over the past 18 years to throwing costly INT’s:
    “Just tryin’ to make play …”
    He never admits his terrible – and costly – decisions ….and this sexting fiasco falls right in line.

  36. Infidel says: Oct 22, 2010 8:35 AM

    Brett Favre created this mess. No one else.
    Remember that.
    This is an embarrassment to the NFL brand.
    Favre is beyond being embarrassed. Just watch his reaction over the past 18 years to throwing costly INT’s:
    “Just tryin’ to make play …”
    He never admits his terrible – and costly – decisions ….and this sexting fiasco falls right in line.

  37. Ridge_Runner says: Oct 22, 2010 8:56 AM

    Joe in Raleigh says:
    I think sometimes Goodell forgets that these guys are jocks, not corporate 9 to 5ers. The good behavior bar needs to be set pretty low.
    Since when is it acceptable to text a cock shot to a female employee of the company you work for? If I were to engage in this kind of behaviour, it is pretty much a given that suspension would be the very least my worries. Most employers consider this kind of behaviour grounds for dismissal.
    Comments like Joe’s above make me wonder where the hell some of you actually work, if you work at all. Regardless of how many magazines Ms. Sterger has appeared in, how much plastic surgery she has had done to herself, or how sleazy she may or may not have dressed while a paid employee of the Jets, sending her a pic of your boner isn’t acceptable under any circumstances.
    Seriously, would you think it would be OK if some dude at your workplace started treating you in this manner?

  38. Ridge_Runner says: Oct 22, 2010 8:56 AM

    Joe in Raleigh says:
    I think sometimes Goodell forgets that these guys are jocks, not corporate 9 to 5ers. The good behavior bar needs to be set pretty low.
    Since when is it acceptable to text a cock shot to a female employee of the company you work for? If I were to engage in this kind of behaviour, it is pretty much a given that suspension would be the very least my worries. Most employers consider this kind of behaviour grounds for dismissal.
    Comments like Joe’s above make me wonder where the hell some of you actually work, if you work at all. Regardless of how many magazines Ms. Sterger has appeared in, how much plastic surgery she has had done to herself, or how sleazy she may or may not have dressed while a paid employee of the Jets, sending her a pic of your boner isn’t acceptable under any circumstances.
    Seriously, would you think it would be OK if some dude at your workplace started treating you in this manner?

  39. Hotliner says: Oct 22, 2010 9:29 AM

    @ Deb
    VERY WELL SAID!!!

  40. Hotliner says: Oct 22, 2010 9:29 AM

    @ Deb
    VERY WELL SAID!!!

  41. slegeir says: Oct 22, 2010 9:30 AM

    Where I worked, someone did what Mr. F. did and got fired. Young kids are looking up to our sports heros. What kind of message does this send to them?

  42. slegeir says: Oct 22, 2010 9:30 AM

    Where I worked, someone did what Mr. F. did and got fired. Young kids are looking up to our sports heros. What kind of message does this send to them?

  43. pfii63 says: Oct 22, 2010 10:46 AM

    I love how some of you chuckleheads are blaming this on Sterger.
    Yeah, it is her fault that Favre is a f*cktard.

  44. pfii63 says: Oct 22, 2010 10:46 AM

    I love how some of you chuckleheads are blaming this on Sterger.
    Yeah, it is her fault that Favre is a f*cktard.

  45. moreBScrap says: Oct 22, 2010 4:43 PM

    Sounds like a 4 to 6 game suspension for the guy no matter if he’s innocent or guilty in keeping with the standard already set.

  46. moreBScrap says: Oct 22, 2010 4:43 PM

    Sounds like a 4 to 6 game suspension for the guy no matter if he’s innocent or guilty in keeping with the standard already set.

  47. Zoyd says: Oct 22, 2010 8:48 PM

    Joe in Raleigh wrote, “Since when is a football field considered a ‘workplace.’
    I think sometimes Goodell forgets that these guys are jocks, not corporate 9 to 5ers. The good behavior bar needs to be set pretty low.”
    Joe, are you really that dumb? If the football field is not a “workplace”, then why do the players have contracts? You may be one of the few people in America that doesn’t realize that playing football is their job. Their workplace includes the football field, the practice facilities, etc.

  48. Zoyd says: Oct 22, 2010 8:48 PM

    Joe in Raleigh wrote, “Since when is a football field considered a ‘workplace.’
    I think sometimes Goodell forgets that these guys are jocks, not corporate 9 to 5ers. The good behavior bar needs to be set pretty low.”
    Joe, are you really that dumb? If the football field is not a “workplace”, then why do the players have contracts? You may be one of the few people in America that doesn’t realize that playing football is their job. Their workplace includes the football field, the practice facilities, etc.

  49. madmike says: Oct 22, 2010 10:34 PM

    I’d love to see Sterger try to sue Favre for harassment, or claim to the league harassment. She never reported it, per the original Deadspin story she joked about it and never claimed harassment, it only came to light because someone else oited it…so good luck trying to sue claiming you were damaged in any way. She can’t say her job suffered, she can’t credibly claim she has emotional distress from Favre’s actions. Any emotional stress she has is due to her own actions…leaking the story to Deadspin and giving the pictures to a third party.

  50. madmike says: Oct 22, 2010 10:34 PM

    I’d love to see Sterger try to sue Favre for harassment, or claim to the league harassment. She never reported it, per the original Deadspin story she joked about it and never claimed harassment, it only came to light because someone else oited it…so good luck trying to sue claiming you were damaged in any way. She can’t say her job suffered, she can’t credibly claim she has emotional distress from Favre’s actions. Any emotional stress she has is due to her own actions…leaking the story to Deadspin and giving the pictures to a third party.

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