NFL responds after Washington soccer team faces new allegations of sexual misconduct

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said on Wednesday that league officials would take “appropriate action” following an investigation into allegations of widespread workplace misconduct by leaders of the football team. Washington under the supervision of team owner Dan Snyder.

Snyder came under scrutiny after the Washington Post reported that 25 women said they were sexually harassed while working for the Washington football team. In one case, former Washington executive Larry Michael allegedly asked employees to create a video for Snyder featuring partially nude cheerleader takes from the team’s 2008 swimwear calendar. Michael has denied the allegation.

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“We strongly condemn the unprofessional, disruptive and obnoxious behavior and work environment alleged in the report, which are totally inconsistent with our standards and have no place in the NFL,” Goodell said in a statement. “An independent investigation into these issues is underway. , led by highly experienced lawyers recommended by our office. ”

The report details allegations of a toxic work culture dating back decades, based on interviews with more than 100 current and former employees of the team and a review of internal files. The charges surfaced weeks after a separate Washington Post report in which 15 former employees of the team accused executives of sexual harassment and verbal abuse.

Another allegation concerned former cheerleader Tiffany Bacon Scourby, who told the newspaper that Snyder asked her to go to a hotel room with a friend of her at an event in 2004 for ” that they can get to know each other ”.

Unlike the previous report, the latest allegations detailed by the Washington Post directly implicated Snyder in alleged wrongdoing. In a lengthy statement, the longtime Washington owner said he took “full responsibility” for the team’s work culture, but denied knowledge of the video and dismissed the claim by Scourby.

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“I have certainly been too casual as an owner and allowed others to have day-to-day control to the detriment of our organization,” Snyder said. “Going forward, I’m going to be more involved, and we’ve already made major changes in staff bringing new leadership to drive cultural transformation on and off the pitch.

In July, Snyder hired senior lawyer Beth Wilkinson to conduct an internal review of the team’s operations. Wilkinson said the investigation would investigate the “allegations of workplace misconduct.”

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Goodell said the NFL “will continue to monitor the progress” of the independent investigation and ensure that officials of the Washington football team “cooperate fully with investigators.”

“If at any time the club or anyone associated with the club fails to do so, the investigating board has been asked to promptly notify our office and we will take appropriate action,” Goodell said. “When the investigation is completed, we will review the results and take appropriate action at that time. ”

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