The Brett Favre saga is an example that these sports issues, which we all like to think are cut-dried with rules and guidelines, have lots of gray areas.
I'm specifically thinking of assistant coaches on Green Bay and Minnesota, Packers offensive line coach James Campen and Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Both Campen, a former teammate of Favre's, and Bevell, who coached in Green Bay, are friends with the quarterback. Both have talked with Favre since he announced his retirement.
Now, those conversations are being parsed to examine exactly how Campen acted as an intermediary regarding a possible Favre return to the Packers and if Bevell was involved in a conversation that could be construed as tampering. So, how much of what was said was friends just having friendly conversation? At what point does that dialogue breach a league rule (in Bevell's case) or team loyalty (in Campen's case)? Campen, in particular, who was actually dispatched by the Packers to talk with Favre and whose conversation has now become fodder for public consumption may wind up being damaged. Actually, it's the dissecting of these conversation that feels more unseemly than whatever occurred in the conversation themselves.
The Favre soap opera may be an entertaining diversion at a point on the sports calendar when there is very little else going on but it's clear that the longer it goes on, the more fallout there's going to be. I don't know what the resolution is but the Favre matter will have a resolution at some point. The sooner it happens, the better.