No timetable for potential Favre discipline
CHICAGO – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday that he would not provide a timetable for making a decision about whether the discipline Minnesota Vikings, quarterback Brett Favre in the policy of the league’s personal conduct.
Goodell said he had no immediate plans to meet with Favre, but did not rule out a meeting sometime. He said the league will address the issue in a “responsible” fashion.
“Before jumping to conclusions, let’s make sure we understand all the facts here,” Goodell said in a meeting one day owners of a hotel in downtown Chicago. “But I’ve often said one of the reasons why they implemented a policy of personal conduct is to make everyone associated with the NFL – the commissioner, players, coaches, executives -. understand their responsibility to behave responsibly Everyone must understand that .
Favre was charged in an online report of sending inappropriate images and text messages and voice mail to a former employee of the New York Jets when Favre played for the team.
Favre has refused to directly address the allegations in the report by the Web site of Clarin. The former Jets side reporter, Jenn Sterger, now works for the Versus television network.
Goodell said he would decide the next step after returning to New York in a few days.
“Our staff has been working aggressively on this, collecting all the data,” said Goodell. “I’ll get some reports on that and then make some determinations. Would be reluctant to say anything about the opportunity to have the opportunity to understand that and make sure we can get all the information. As you know, we are back to try to get cooperation to make sure we understand all the facts. ”
Sterger manager, Phil Reese, wrote in an e-mail to the Associated Press: “This is something that supposedly happened two years ago do not want a quick fix, but the right resolution ..”
personal conduct policy empowers Goodell of the NFL to punish a player for conduct deemed detrimental to the league, although the player has not been convicted of a crime.
Goodell suspended Pittsburgh Steelers Ben Roethlisberger in the first four games this season for violating the policy. The suspension came after a prosecutor in Georgia announced that Roethlisberger would be charged with a crime on the basis of a complaint by a woman who was sexually assaulted by Roethlisberger in a nightclub. Roethlisberger denied the accusation.
In the case involving Favre, there has been no known criminal investigation, civil action or complaint workplace.
“I do not know if it complicates the issue,” said Goodell. “I think there are some facts that we want to make sure we fully understand – what happened, what happened – and make sure that we are dealing with it in a responsible manner.”
Also at the owners meeting Tuesday, the NFL official described the owners as staff reductions and pay cuts for senior executives potentially be applied during a crash, according to a source. Teams that have shaped the way they operate during a blockade made appearances, said a source.
Union officials and players have said they expect players to be blocked by the owners in 2011. But the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft, said he would complete a new labor agreement with the union before the end of the season. Asked whether it is realistic, Kraft said: “For me it is.”
The owners said there was no debate on Tuesday on a potential regular season 18 games. The league has proposed a 18-game season in the context of labor negotiations.