Favre fined US$50,000
Brett Favre has been fined US$50,000 by the NFL for not cooperating with an investigation into allegations he sent lewd messages to a female employee of the New York Jets when he played with the club in 2008, the league said on Wednesday. The 41-year-old Minnesota Vikings quarterback had been the subject of an NFL investigation since October to determine whether he violated the league’s personal conduct policy through his alleged correspondence with the Jets employee. “Commissioner [Roger] Goodell … determined that Favre was not candid in several respects during the investigation, resulting in a longer review and additional negative public attention,” the NFL said in a statement. The fine was handed down days before the Vikings’ final game of the season, which Favre has said would be his last after a 20-season career.
Fans remember Cohen
Thousands of Israelis paid tribute to local soccer icon and former Liverpool player Avi Cohen at Tel Aviv’s Ramat Gan national stadium, filing past a flag-draped coffin on Wednesday. Cohen, a former national team captain and the first Israeli to play in England, was declared brain dead and taken off life support on Tuesday, eight days after going into a coma with head injuries from a motorbike accident.
Players influence children
Children are growing up thinking that marriages are not meant to last because so many soccer and pop stars have high-profile affairs and bust-ups, an expert warned on Wednesday. Alleged infidelities by England internationals like Wayne Rooney, John Terry and Ashley Cole all hit the headlines this year and received acres of prominent coverage in newspapers. Reg Bailey, who is leading a government review of the sexualization of childhood, is expected to consider the issue in a report he is preparing for the British Department for Education. Bailey told the Daily Telegraph newspaper that athletes had a clear influence on children’s behavior and ideas of what was acceptable. “The sexualization of children is clearly a concern. Many people simply associate that with girls. I don’t think it is. It impacts both boys and girls and the review will take account of that,” he said. The Telegraph also quoted Jamie Murdoch of the relationships support charity Relate as saying: “Actions have consequences and young people are growing up in a media-influenced culture where they perceive that having an affair is normal and a marriage that lasts is something which even many successful people can’t aspire to.”