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The once-great Favre is fading fast under a cloud

Combined with a sore elbow that has jeopardised his health, the scrutiny over this latest episode must have Brett Favre doubting the decision to continue playing.

The NFL's investigation of Brett Favre allegedly sending inappropriate text messages and photos to Jenn Sterger, a former Jets employee, when he played in New York has been roundly criticised. The argument: It is a personal matter between two adults.

However, the league has established a pretty low baseline for sexual misconduct by reacting strongly to reports than a female reporter from a television station was treated rudely last month in the Jets locker room.

A few players are alleged to have made crude comments toward her. While their actions were uncalled for, the NFL overreacted by announcing it would develop a workplace conduct programme. Women in the media are treated far better by NFL players and coaches than they were years ago. And while such a programme may be worthwhile, it indicates that the league has zero tolerance for boys-will-be-boys activity.

Having set such a tone, it is compelled to look into the Favre case, which could fall into the realm of sexual harassment.

The probe raises the unfathomable possibility that the greying, married 41-year-old grandfather, who retires and unretires like a grizzled prizefighter, could be suspended for his misdeeds.

Combined with a sore elbow that has jeopardised his health, the scrutiny over this latest episode must have him doubting the decision to continue playing.

If nothing else, the ordeal means that Favre-haters can rest assured they will not have him to kick around next year.

sports@thenational.ae

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