Melanie Coburn and Ana Nunez appeared at league owners’ meetings to request that the investigation be made public.
NEW YORK – At the time they started the first face-to-face NFL owners meetings since December 2019, two former employees of the Washington Football Team They arrived in the lobby of the Intercontinental New York Barclay Hotel in Manhattan with a stack of letters several pages long, calling for the results of the investigation regarding workplace culture to be made public.
Aimed at members of the League 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 requests the NFL “make the results of the investigation public by Washington Football Team.
“While your task force was formed to address racial justice issues in the league, you also have the power to seek justice for the hundreds of women and men, like us, who bravely stepped up to share their stories of harassment and abuse experienced as employees of the WFT. The NFL encouraging employees to step up, at great professional and personal risk, to speak with investigators, ultimately to sweep the investigation results under the rug. “
The league declined to comment, noting that the commissioner Roger goodell I would speak to the media throughout the meetings.
“There are many employees who are still afraid and intimidated and threatened to step forward,” said the former animator of the WFT, Melanie Coburn, adding later to be “surprised” that the report has not been made public yet.
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“We deserve to be heard,” he said. Coburn.
Coburn and Ana Nunez, who used to work in sales for him WFT, delivered the letters to the front desk, and were assured that they would be hand-delivered to all league owners present.
Earlier in the day, Sports Illustrated reported that the investigation of the Washington Football Team was not on the official agenda of the meetings, but that could jump into the private sessions of the owners.
Unlike other high-profile research in the NFL, What ‘Bountygate‘ and ‘Deflategate‘, there has been no written report of the independent investigator’s results Beth wilkinson regarding harassment and cultural issues within the Washington Football Team under current owner Dan Snyder, but only a series of oral reports.
Last week, two members of the Democratic Party Congress sent a letter to Goodell demanding that the league deliver the results of the investigation to Congress. The letter, sent by the congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-New York), who heads the Vigilance and Reform Committee, and the congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Illinois) asked the league to turn over a series of documents and answer certain questions regarding the investigation by Nov. 4.
That letter came two weeks after leaked emails from the investigation itself led to the resignation of Jon gruden as head coach of Las vegas raiders. His emails, sent to the then president of the WFT, Bruce Allen, for a period of seven years when Gruden was employed by ESPN as an analyst for the “Monday Night Football“included racist, anti-gay, and misogynistic language. NFL Players Association has requested the NFL release the content of the 650,000 emails that were part of the investigation of the NFL.
Washington was fined $ 10 million on July 1 after the investigation was concluded, and the wife of Snyder, Tanya snyder, who is co-CEO of the franchise, absorbed the day-to-day operations, so that Dan snyder could focus on ensuring the construction of a new stadium.
Information from John Keim was used in the writing of this note.