House Dems ask Washington Football Team to release full investigation into email scandal

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The unit is connected for the NFL to merchandise the afloat results of its probe into the Washington Football Team‘s workplace culture.

On Thursday, 2 House Democrats sent a missive to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, demanding the league supply Congress with the probe findings by Nov. 4 – citing “serious concerns” astir a “widespread abusive workplace conduct” wrong the Washington organization.

The five-page missive — written by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-New York), chairwoman of the Committee connected Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Illinois) — besides expressed interest astir the NFL’s handling of its astir year-long autarkic investigation, which provided nary written study aft interviews with much than 150 people.

NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy acknowledged the missive via email, writing, “We person received the Chairwoman’s missive and stock her interest that each workplaces should beryllium escaped from immoderate signifier of harassment and discrimination. We look guardant to speaking to her bureau soon.”

Earlier this month, a fewer leaked emails – arsenic portion of an NFL probe that collected 650,000 of them – exposed erstwhile Raiders caput manager Jon Gruden for utilizing racist, homophobic and misogynistic connection successful emails to former Washington GM Bruce Allen.

Other findings revealed alleged inappropriate photos of WFT cheerleaders that were shared betwixt Gruden and Allen. On Wednesday, a erstwhile WFT cheerleader came guardant to assertion that squad proprietor Dan Synder was down the email leak to instrumentality down Allen, who was fired successful 2019.

Washington squad  proprietor  Dan SnyderWashington squad proprietor Dan SnyderGetty Images

The NFL’s investigation, led by lawyer Beth Wilkinson, provided oral results alternatively of a written report, dissimilar different high-profile league probes. Congress made enactment of this successful the letter, arsenic good arsenic the non-disclosure agreements that erstwhile Washington employees had signed.

Following the investigation’s decision successful July, the WFT was fined $10 million. Congress acknowledged the good and explained, “It appears arsenic though the NFL took nary further enactment against Mr. Snyder, whom the NFL approved to bargain retired his number partners and summation afloat power of the WFT.”

The missive asked Goodell to manus implicit “all documents and communications obtained successful transportation with the probe into the WFT, its management, its owners, and immoderate different substance relating to oregon resulting from the WFT investigation.”

The missive states, “The NFL’s deficiency of transparency astir the problems it precocious uncovered rise questions astir the seriousness with which it has addressed bigotry, racism, sexism, and homophobia — mounting troubling precedent for different workplaces.”

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) penned the missive  to NFL commissioner Roger GoodellRep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) penned the missive to NFL commissioner Roger GoodellGetty Images

The missive besides included a database of further requests for the NFL to implicit by Nov. 4, and asked the league to item the relation of the NFL’s wide counsel Jeff Pash successful the probe.

Some emails successful the leak highlighted Pash’s adjacent narration with Allen. Pash is besides a apical confidant of Goodell.

Since the email leak, erstwhile employees – including ex-WFT cheerleaders – person publically called connected the NFL to merchandise the afloat probe results.

Last week, 10 erstwhile Washington employees reportedly sent a missive to aggregate sponsors, including Nike and Amazon, asking them to nudge the NFL for findings of the investigation.