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10-12-2010, 07:32 AM
Monday Madden: After Ben fiasco, NFL has to suspend Favre

By: Mark Madden
Beaver County Times

Sunday October 10, 2010 11:41 PM

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2010, file photo, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, center, signals in the huddle in the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco. Two 40-year-old future Hall of Famers in the twilight of their careers have found new energy in Minnesota. Brett Favre had the best season of his career last year with the Vikings, and Jim Thome is enjoying a renaissance year in his first season with the Twins. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

When NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Ben Roethlisberger despite no charges filed or evidence existing, he painted himself into a corner. With Roethlisberger punished thusly, how can Goodell not penalize everyone who has tangibly broken the NFL’s personal conduct policy?

Goodell has already given free passes to some lesser lights.

But now Goodell faces a huge PR dilemma. Brett Favre stands accused of sexually harassing a fellow New York Jets employee in 2008, leaving a comprehensive trail of video and audio evidence.

The conventional media did its level best to ignore the story, but gonzo website Deadspin.com continued the TMZ-ing of sports by posting damning voice mails, Facebook entries and extremely risqué texts allegedly sent by Favre to Jenn Sterger (now with Versus, then with the Jets’ in-house TV network).

Roethlisberger missed four games based on he-said, she-said. This goes way beyond. There seems little doubt that it’s Favre on the voice mails. The caller has a Mississippi area code; Favre resides in Mississippi. A watch seen in the pornographic “sexts” sent to Sterger matches one often worn by Favre.

Two massage therapists who worked for the Jets during Favre’s tenure are also said to be targets of unwanted and unsolicited sexual advances from Favre.

Sterger is cooperating with the NFL’s investigation. If her evidence is seen as compelling, Favre will be questioned.

But is Goodell willing to suspend a legend? If not, where does that leave the personal conduct policy?

Goodell is a dictator. A dictator is just a con man with power. Goodell doesn’t need to justify. But lots of people are watching very closely, not least of all Mrs. Favre. Brett has probably already called Kobe Bryant’s jeweler.

As a snarky new-age radio host, I see nothing wrong with l’affaire Favre being reported. I saw nothing wrong with Roethlisberger’s troubles being documented, either, though I felt some aspects of what happened were unfair. Deadspin.com has been castigated for taking Favre to task. But Deadspin.com’s reporting has been exemplary, ahead of the curve and has reduced the rest of the media to riding its coattails or scrambling to catch up.

As a forthcoming biography of Mickey Mantle points out, sportswriters stopped ignoring the malfeasance of athletes after the New York Yankees brawled at the Copacabana night club in 1957. Babe Ruth played in the right era.

As for Sterger, you can’t hate Favre for trying. But Favre comes off as begging, and only a moron would scatter so much proof. It’s like Favre wanted to get caught. Forget the conduct policy; Favre looks like a geek.

If Goodell chooses to not suspend Favre, it’s favoritism. The smoking guns are too plentiful.

If Goodell does suspend Favre, Favre’s legacy is tainted. His record-setting consecutive starts streak would end. It wouldn’t be shocking to see Favre quit in a fit of petulance. He’s always exhibited entitlement, and might perversely feel betrayed by the NFL. Favre thinks he does football a favor by playing.

The thought of Randy Moss having maneuvered himself into playing catch with Tarvaris Jackson is more than a bit amusing.

As for the TMZ-ing of sports, one thing seems certain: It won’t stop. Those who cover sports old-school style are likely to fail in the attempt.

No sympathy for Favre. He’s a married man, a grandfather. With his stature comes a certain responsibility — not to the fans, media or football, but to himself and his family. Don’t be a dirty old man.

What Roethlisberger did was ill-advised.

What Favre did was against the law, against NFL rules, against New York Jets policy and just plain dumb.

I hope Sterger and Ines Sainz wind up in the same Playboy. Are the Jets running a football team or a sex farm?

Mark Madden hosts a radio show 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WXDX-FM (105.9).

(The apocalypse must be nigh, I find myself agreeing with Mark Madden. - mesa)

10-12-2010, 07:37 AM
Ben is back! Who cares what happens or not to Favre...
Has nothing to do with the Steelers. Life is not always fair.

10-12-2010, 10:22 AM
I hope they wait to see if he is GUILTY first,unlike what happened to Ben.Nothing proven in court and still punished by the league???Thats BS,commish.you SUCK!!! With Ben being gone cost us at least one win!:rofl: