This does not seem to be a good year for the Washington Redskins. If having a 3-13 record weren’t bad enough, the Washington Post reported yesterday a new Redskins scandal that a group of 15 women, who previously worked for or with the NFL team, are accusing former employees of the organization of having sexually harassed them.
The report also says that some of the women were verbally abused and that they were victims of sexual misconduct and disparaging comments. The bombshell is out, and the Redskins are now in trouble.
Redskins Latest To Have Sexual Misconduct Scandal
Some of the guys mentioned as being involved with the abuse were Alex Santos, the now-former director of pro personnel, Richard Mann II, the now-former assistant director of pro personnel, and Larry Michael, the now-former play-by-play announcer and senior vice president. Michael resigned earlier this week and the other two were fired – all just before the Redskins sexual misconduct scandal story broke.
The report also included names like former president of business operations Dennis Greene, and former chief operating officer Mitch Gershman. One big point here is that Mitch and Michael were among the closest people to Snyder.
The alleged sexual harassment and “toxic workplace culture” went on from 2006 to 2019, according to the women who came forward. Santos was accused by six female ex-employees of making unwanted comments about their bodies and making unwelcome proposals. The team has already taken action to stop these acts and allow a peaceful environment for its employees. Mann is said to have discussed, among other things, an employee’s breasts with fellow coworkers. Greene has been out of the picture since 2018, but is said to have “sold” access to team cheerleaders.
The NFL said in a statement released on Friday morning that these outrageous acts are serious, disturbing and go against NFL’s values. The league explained of this latest Redskins scandal, “These matters as reported are serious, disturbing and contrary to the NFL’s values. Everyone in the NFL has the right to work in an environment free from any and all forms of harassment. Washington has engaged outside counsel to conduct a thorough investigation into these allegations.
“The club has pledged that it will give its full cooperation to the investigator and we expect the club and all employees to do so. We will meet with the attorneys upon the conclusion of their investigation and take any action based on the findings.”
Head Coach Rivera: Not On My Watch
Ron Rivera, who only now is getting his feet wet as the team’s new head coach, said that the Skins have an open-door policy with no retribution, and he would not allow something like this to happen since his daughter works also for the team.
Snyder Distances Himself From His Friends
Some people are questioning why owner Daniel Snyder didn’t know about these acts or, if he did, why he let them occur. Snyder is currently not facing any allegations in this latest Redskins scandal; however, he must be willing to cooperate with all the investigation if they want to clean its reputation and show that the sexual harassment accusations were unknown by Snyder, that he has no connection with that.
He initially remained silent on the matter before finally releasing a statement. He asserted, “The behavior described in yesterday’s Washington Post article has no place in our franchise or society.
“This story has strengthened my commitment to setting a new culture and standard for our team, a process that began with the hiring of Coach Rivera earlier this year.