Brett Favre Case Highlights Workplace Sexting Issues
Posted Jan. 5, 2011
Written by Timothy McClanahan
Football player Brett Favre has had a $50,000 fine levied against him by the NFL for "failure to cooperate" with the investigation into the allegations that he engaged in inappropriate workplace behavior with former New York Jets game-day hostess Jenn Sterger via "sexts" - sex-related text messages - from his cell phone.
The allegations were not made by Sterger, but by the web site Deadspin, on Oct. 7, when they posted text messages, voicemails and photos they claim to are Favre inviting Sterger to his hotel. Sterger has denied the two have ever met.
League Commissioner Roger Goodell was unable to conclude that Favre was guilty of the allegations, but did find that Favre was not cooperative during the investigation, which resulted in a more lengthy investigation than there would have been otherwise, which damaged the reputation of Favre, Sterger, and the league itself. The investigation was limited in several respects, according to the league, due to the length of time between the alleged actions and the accusations - two years.
Workplace sexting is nothing new, and more attention is paid these days to sexting between teens, and between children and adults, but the technology in all these cases is the same - cell phone text messages. By sending a text message to someone, you're also sending them your phone number to reply, and with that, the identity of the sender can usually be discovered with a reverse lookup of their phone number.
A free reverse phone lookup can take a phone number and return the name and often the address of the sender, which can help you determine who is sending you text messages, or who is sending them to your spouse or child.