Two House Democrats pushed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to present Congress the findings in regards to the Washington Football Team investigation and the way the league dealt with the matter, per the Washington Post.
That is the most recent push for extra transparency on the leaked emails that contained anti-LGBTQ, racist and misogynistic language.
Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ailing.) despatched a five-page letter to Goodell, asking for him to provide “all paperwork and communications obtained in reference to the investigation into the WFT, its administration, its house owners, and some other matter referring to or ensuing from the WFT investigation” by Nov. 4.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed to the Submit that they acquired the letter, echoing their concern that “all workplaces ought to be free from any type of harassment and discrimination.”
The letter from the lawmakers highlighted that throughout the league’s investigation, lawyer Beth Wilkinson carried out over 100 interviews and picked up 650,000 emails, however the findings weren’t made public.
“We’ve got critical issues about what seems to be widespread abusive office conduct on the WFT and concerning the NFL’s dealing with of this matter,” the letter states.
Dan Snyder, co-owner of the WFT, employed Wilkinson to analyze the franchise’s office tradition following the Submit releasing a report that included 15 former female employees of the team describing their experiences with sexual harassment and verbal abuse within the organization. Moreover, WFT cheerleaders alleged they had been secretly videotaped whereas getting undressed, and later reached a settlement with the workforce.
The league then took over with Wilkinson reporting to Jeff Pash, the longtime common counsel of the NFL and advisor to Goodell who’s the most recent below scrutiny following the 650,000 emails the league investigated that resulted in ex-Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s resignation. The New York Times uncovered misogynistic, racist and anti-LGBTQ emails despatched by Gruden from 2010 to ’18, which had been additionally collected and reviewed by the NFL whereas it investigated the Washington Football Team. The ex-coach reportedly despatched the emails to then-team president Bruce Allen.
Pash reportedly had a detailed relationship with Allen, whose correspondence was below investigation.
“Their emails recommend that, when the Washington franchise was in disaster, Pash tended to supply a sympathetic shoulder relatively than performing as an neutral arbiter,” The Times wrote.
This raised skepticism in regards to the league’s impartiality within the investigation, which Maloney and Krishnamoorthi alluded to within the letter.
“Communications between league administration and WFT management additionally elevate questions concerning the league’s asserted impartiality in these investigations,” they wrote, per the Submit. “The NFL’s lack of transparency concerning the issues it not too long ago uncovered raises questions concerning the seriousness with which it has addressed bigotry, racism, sexism, and homophobia—setting troubling precedent for different workplaces.”
When the investigation concluded, the workforce did obtain a $10 million advantageous however the findings weren’t made public. Wilkinson reportedly didn’t submit a written report however verbally shared her findings.
In wake of Gruden’s resignation, former staff informed the Washington Post that attorneys representing the Washington Football Team provided a monetary settlement in trade for public silence in regards to the alleged workplace sexual harassment multiple former female employees endured. Lisa Banks, the lead lawyer for former feminine workforce staff, informed them that in trade for cash, they must signal nondisclosure agreements in addition to comply with now not do press interviews or publish on social media about their experiences.
Because of Gruden’s resignation and The Occasions’ report, Banks and Debra Katz, the attorneys representing 40 former WFT staff, launched an announcement urging the NFL to launch the findings of its investigation into the workforce.
“It’s actually outrageous that after the NFL’s 10-month lengthy investigation involving a whole lot of witnesses and 650,000 paperwork associated to the longtime tradition of harassment and abuse on the Washington Football Team, the one individual to be held accountable and lose their job is the coach of the Las Vegas Raiders,” the assertion learn. “Our shoppers and the general public at massive deserve transparency and accountability. If not, the NFL and Roger Goodell should clarify why they seem intent on defending the Washington Football Team and proprietor Dan Snyder in any respect prices.”
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