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Former Washington Football Staffers Demand Investigation’s Findings

When the N.F.L.’s 32 crew homeowners met in a Midtown Manhattan lodge Tuesday for his or her quarterly dialogue of league business, two girls previously employed by the Washington Football Team interjected with their very own agenda merchandise.

Melanie Coburn, a former cheerleader and advertising director, and Ana Nunez, who labored in gross sales, delivered a two-page letter that implored the league’s five-member Social Justice Working Group to launch the outcomes of the 10-month investigation into what they referred to as “the sexist and misogynistic culture” on the crew. The group is made up of 5 crew homeowners.

In July, the N.F.L. fined Washington $10 million after its yearlong investigation into the rampant tradition of sexual harassment perpetuated by managers and executives on the membership underneath the possession of Daniel Snyder. Human useful resource consultants may also monitor the crew for 2 years.

But the league didn’t launch the findings of the investigation, led by Beth Wilkinson, a Washington-based lawyer, who as a substitute was requested to ship her report orally. Her presentation fashioned the idea of the league’s choice on find out how to penalize the crew.

Without a clear accounting of the misconduct discovered within the investigation, Coburn and Nunez, together with 10 different signees of the letter, argued that it was unimaginable to know “whether the corrective actions taken by the WFT were sufficient to address the underlying problems that we, and others like us, reported to Ms. Wilkinson.”

Their name for the league to publicly launch the investigation’s findings got here after The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal printed in early October inner emails written and acquired by Bruce Allen, a former Washington crew president, that have been filed with racist, homophobic and misogynistic language, in addition to topless photographs of the crew’s cheerleaders.

Allen was fired in December 2019. The reporting of his communication with Las Vegas Raiders Coach Jon Gruden led Gruden to resign his position on Oct. 11.

Since then, girls’s rights advocates, N.F.L. players, and, final week, two members of Congress, have demanded that the league publish its findings and launch all the 650,000 emails gathered within the investigation.

The league has mentioned it didn’t launch its findings to guard the identities of a few of the former workers.

About 4 dozen of these workers spoke to The Washington Post and different information media shops about widespread sexual harassment and intimidation. But many extra declined to talk publicly however nonetheless need the findings launched, Coburn and Nunez mentioned.

“There are a lot of former employees who are still scared and intimidated and have yet to come forward, and we want to make sure their stories are heard,” mentioned Coburn, who labored as a cheerleader and advertising director for 14 years earlier than leaving the crew in 2011. “When I saw that it was an oral report it made it seem like a sham to me.”

Jeff Miller, a spokesman for the N.F.L., declined to remark when requested whether or not the crew homeowners had learn the letter. He mentioned Commissioner Roger Goodell would tackle the subject when he meets the media Tuesday or Wednesday.

While there is no such thing as a formal merchandise on the crew homeowners’ agenda particular to the Washington Football Team, some homeowners have mentioned it informally.

When he arrived on the meeting Tuesday, Jets proprietor Woody Johnson repeatedly declined to debate the subject, deferring to the league office.

The launch of these emails “rekindled the fire” to get the report launched, Coburn mentioned. “It showed that these videos and photos (of cheerleaders) circulated way further in the N.F.L. than we ever could have imagined.”

“We want the public to know the truth,” Coburn mentioned.

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