Goodell: No timetable on Favre investigation

Posted Oct. 12, 2010 @ 8:42 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

CHICAGO — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday that he had no timetable to make any ruling on whether Vikings QB Brett Favre broke any personal conduct rules in an alleged incident that occurred when Favre was a member of the Jets in 2008.

A report alleges that Favre sent racy text and voice messages and lewd photos of himself to Jenn Sterger, who was a sideline reporter for the team at the time. Favre also might have been involved with two team masseuses, according to various reports.

Goodell said the league is investigating the matter and that he has no idea when a ruling might take place.

"Our staff has been working aggressively on this, trying to gather data," Goodell said. "Then we'll make some determinations. I'd be hesitant to say any timing until I had a chance to understand it and make sure we can get all the information. As you know, we are seeking cooperation to make sure we can get all the facts."

Goodell said he had no plans to meet with Favre but would do so if it helped the investigation. Sterger reportedly has not spoken with NFL officials yet and is said to be planning her next course of action.

"Some of the facts that we want to understand: what happened, what's transpired and (to) make sure we are dealing with it in a responsible fashion," Goodell said.

Although Favre never has been guilty of violating the personal conduct policy, he still could be subject to suspension. Goodell said he didn't want to jump to any conclusions on the case but added that personal conduct — especially with the high-profile cases of Favre, Ben Roethlisberger and Michael Vick taking center stage the past few seasons — remains a chief concern of his.

"It's one of the reasons we implemented the personal conduct policy," he said. "It's to make sure that everyone involved in the NFL — commissioners, players, coaches, executives — understand the responsibility to conduct themselves in a responsible fashion. We all have to understand that."

Favre currently has played in 313 consecutive games (including playoffs), an NFL record, and any suspension would end that run.