Letter from former Washington football team employees presented at owners meeting urges NFL to release investigation report


NEW YORK – At the start of the first in-person NFL league meetings since December 2019, two former employees of the Washington football team arrived in the lobby of the Intercontinental New York Barclay Hotel in midtown Manhattan with a battery multi-page letters requesting that the findings of the report on team misconduct at work be made public.

Addressed to members of the league’s social justice committee – Gayle Benson of the New Orleans Saints, Michael Bidwill of the Arizona Cardinals, Arthur Blank of the Atlanta Falcons, Jimmy Haslam of the Cleveland Browns and Shahid Khan of the Jacksonville Jaguars – the letter urged the NFL to “make public the findings of the investigation into the Washington football team.”

“While your task force has been formed to address racial justice issues in the league, you also have the opportunity to seek justice for the hundreds of women and men, like us, who have courageously come forward to share stories of harassment and abuse we have suffered while WFT employees. The NFL should not be allowed to encourage employees to come forward by taking great personal and professional risks to speak to investigators, only to sweep the results of this investigation under the carpet. “

The league declined to comment, saying Commissioner Roger Goodell will speak to the media during the meetings.

“There are a lot of employees who are always scared and intimidated and threatened to come forward,” former WFT marketing manager and cheerleader Melanie Coburn said, later adding that she was “shocked.” that the report was not made public.

“We deserve to be heard,” Coburn said.

Coburn and Ana Nunez, who worked for WFT in sales, delivered the letters to reception and were assured they would be hand-delivered to all team owners present.

Earlier today, Sports Illustrated reported that the Washington football team‘s investigation was not on the official meeting agenda, but could be addressed in owner-only sessions.

Unlike other high-profile NFL investigations, such as Bountygate and Deflategate, there has been no written report on Independent Investigator Beth Wilkinson’s findings on harassment and cultural issues within the team. Washington football club under owner Dan Snyder, only a series of oral reports.

Last week, two House Democrats sent a letter to Goodell demanding that the league provide Congress with the results of the investigation. The letter, sent by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-New York), who is the chair of the Oversight and Reform Committee, and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Illinois) asked the league to hand over a certain number of documents and answer many questions about the investigation by November 4.

The letter came two weeks after the investigation emails leaked that led to the resignation of Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden. His emails to then-WFT chairman Bruce Allen, a seven-year period during which Gruden was employed by ESPN as a senior analyst for Monday Night Football, included racist, anti-gay and misogynist. The NFL Players Association has asked the NFL to publish the 650,000 emails collected as part of the NFL investigation.

Washington was fined $ 10 million on July 1 after the investigation was concluded and Snyder’s wife Tanya Snyder, who is co-CEO of the franchise, took over day-to-day operations while Dan Snyder focused on securing a new stadium.

John Keim of ESPN contributed to this report.


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