The alleged sexual harassment of women in the workplace of the Washington Football team gave rise to stunning headlines once the Washington Post broke the story.
More eyebrows were raised when owner and questions asked when owner Daniel Snyder said the team would run the investigation into the numerous incidents.
That’s not happening anymore. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke to Snyder and told him the NFL will be taking over the probe.
Washington owner Daniel Snyder was informed today that the NFL is taking over the investigation into alleged workplace issues reported by the @WashingtonPost, per me and @MikeGarafolo. Commissioner Roger Goodell and Snyder spoke today and Snyder was supportive of the step.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 31, 2020
Per NFL Network:
Snyder hired Beth Wilkinson of District of Columbia law firm Wilkinson Walsh LLP to review the organization’s culture, policies and allegations of workplace misconduct after The Washington Post published a report July 15 detailing allegations of sexual harassment from 15 female former employees. Last week, The Post published a second story detailing additional allegations of workplace sexual harassment inside the Washington Football Team organization.
Mike Garafolo reported Wilkinson and her team will still conduct the investigation but they will now report to Goodell and the NFL.
The Washington Post summed up the breadth of the scandal in this article.
The original investigation detailed 15 women who said they were sexually harassed and discriminated against in the workplace.
When one thought the story could not become more sordid, it did. The Post reported videos were made of outtakes from the cheerleaders’ 2008 calendar shoot. Former SVP Baker said he was present when the former senior vice president and play-by-play broadcaster Larry Michael told staffers to make the unauthorized video for Snyder.
There have been numerous calls for Snyder to be forced to sell the team. It will be fascinating to see what determination the league makes and what action follows.