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    Former employees of the Washington Football Team criticized a culture of sexual harassment, misogyny and racism they said pervaded the organization during a Thursday "roundtable" held by the House Oversight Committee. Numerous employees, including former marketing staffers, cheerleaders and video production team members detailed how women were mistreated and discriminated against by higher-ups in the team and how powerless they felt in the face of misconduct. Team owner Dan Snyder was repeatedly singled out for criticism. Melanie Coburn, a former cheerleader and marketing executive, who started with the team when she was 19, said working for the Washington Commanders made her feel "anxious and unsafe." "Women were used as sex objects and tools to increase sales rather than dignified human beings," said Coburn. She recounted how one year, auditioning cheerleaders were made to "parade" out in front of Snyder as he and his friends watched them on the field with binoculars. "The women were directed to turn around slowly, as if they were cattle being examined for sale. One of the women cried on the sidelines because she didn't understand what was happening,"...
    Washington’s NFL team is now known as the Commanders. The new name unveiled Wednesday comes 18 months after the once-storied franchise dropped its old moniker following decades of criticism that it was offensive to Native Americans and under fresh pressure from sponsors. The organization committed to avoiding Native American imagery in its rebrand after being called the Washington Football Team the past two seasons. Washington joins Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Guardians among North American major professional sports teams abandoning names linked to Native Americans. The NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and baseball’s Atlanta Braves have said they are not planning to make a similar change. As the Commanders, Washington keeps the same burgundy and gold colors that were around for the three Super Bowl championships in the 1980s and early ‘90s glory days. It follows the desire of team president Jason Wright and coach Ron Rivera for the new name to have a connection to the U.S. military. Commanders was chosen over other finalists such as Red Hogs, Admirals and Presidents. Red Wolves, an...
    The House Committee on Oversight and Reform plans to hear from former Washington Football Team employees on their misconduct claims against the team.  In a statement released Thursday, the committee said its chairs Rep. Raja KrishnamoorthiSubramanian (Raja) Raja KrishnamoorthiOvernight Energy & Environment — EPA unveils new pollution monitoring in South Oversight Dem presses meat processors on rising prices Equilibrium/Sustainability — Fire calls infrastructural integrity into question MORE (D-Ill.) and Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn MaloneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden, NATO eye 'all scenarios' with Russia Five Democrats the left plans to target Democrats ask for information on specialized Border Patrol teams MORE (D-N.Y.) will hold a hybrid roundtable with the former employees to discuss their workplace misconduct claims and the NFL’s failure to take steps to prevent sexual harassment and verbal abuse within the WFT organization under the leadership of owner Dan Snyder.  Ex-WFT employees set to participate in the roundtable include former marketing coordinator and ticket sales representative Emily Applegate; former cheerleader and former director of marketing Melanie Coburn; former Director of Marketing and Client Relations Rachel Engleson; former Coordinator...
    The U.S. House Oversight Committee will hold a roundtable discussion next week with former Washington Football Team employees about workplace misconduct and sexual harassment. The discussion is set for Feb. 3, a day after Washington reveals its new name. The committee announced the roundtable Thursday. Five former employees are scheduled to be a part of the roundtable. Lawyers Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, who represent 40 former Washington employees, said in a statement: “Critical questions need to be asked and answered related to WFT’s pervasive culture of sexual harassment and retaliation, and the NFL’s decision to allow owner Daniel Snyder to consolidate his power and ownership interest rather than take appropriate disciplinary action against him.” The NFL oversaw an independent investigation into Washington’s workplace misconduct and fined the team $10 million last year after it was completed. A written report was never released. “For more than 20 years, employees of the Washington Football Team were subjected to sexual harassment, verbal abuse, and other misconduct,” said committee chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney said. “It is becoming increasingly clear that not only did...
    Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder reportedly attempted to interfere with the NFL's investigation into sexual harassment and hostile workplace claims against the club with the help of attorneys, private investigators, and an attempt to bribe a woman who accused the billionaire of sexual misconduct in 2009. As reported by the Washington Post, Snyder sought to prevent former employees from speaking to independent investigator Beth Wilkinson, a prominent attorney who was originally hired by the Washington Football Team (WFT) in 2020 to investigate the hostile workplace allegations against the club. The NFL took control of the investigation in 2020 and Wilkinson began reporting to commissioner Roger Goodell's office until July of 2021, when the probe was concluded, the team was fined $10 million, and Snyder temporarily stepped away from day-to-day control of the franchise. Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder (pictured) reportedly attempted to interfere with the NFL's investigation into sexual harassment and hostile workplace claims against the club with the help of attorneys, private investigators, and an attempt to bribe a woman who accused the billionaire of sexual misconduct...
    Melaine Coburn, left, and Megan Imbert, former employees of the Washington Football Team, speaking to members of the media in the parking lot of FedEx Field before the start of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in Landover, Md. Coburn and Imbert are calling for NFL Commissioner and NFL to release a written report of the findings of the independent investigation into sexual harassment and abuse by the Washington Football Team. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) AP/Julio Cortez Melaine Coburn, left, and Megan Imbert, former employees of the Washington Football Team, speaking to members of the media in the parking lot of FedEx Field before the start of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in Landover, Md. Coburn and Imbert are calling for NFL Commissioner and NFL to release a written report of the findings of the independent investigation into sexual harassment and abuse by the Washington Football Team. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) AP/Julio Cortez Melaine Coburn, left, and Megan Imbert, former employees of the Washington Football Team, poses for photos in the parking lot of...
    Former Washington Football Team cheerleaders and employees will stage a protest outside the team’s stadium Monday to demand the release of a report on the NFL’s investigation on the team’s workplace misconduct.  The “#ReleaseTheReport” protest will happen before the team’s Monday Night Football matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.  “We are once again coming together to demand the transparency and accountability that we, those who experienced sexual harassment at the WFT, and the public, reasonably expect from a complete investigation that included more than 120 people,” Former WFT employees Melanie Coburn and Megan Imbert wrote in a joint statement.  There will be a protest tonight outside FedEx Field before the WFT/Seattle game.Former team employees want the findings to be released of the NFL investigation into the Washington Football Team’s workplace culture. pic.twitter.com/RUXymSMc2R— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) November 29, 2021 Coburn and Imbert, along with several former employees, fans, supporters, and family members, will gather in the parking lot ahead of the game, according to website League of Justice. “This is bigger than the WFT and the NFL, and it’s time the most...
    Attorneys representing 40 former Washington Football Team employees, who say they were sexually harassed during their time employed by the team, are again insisting that the findings of an investigation into the team be made public. Attorney Lisa Banks said in a Tweet that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s comments at a news conference following an owners’ meeting Tuesday were “disingenuous” after stating that the league will not issue a report on its 10-month investigation into Washington’s workplace culture due to privacy concerns. In a new release, Banks said her clients spoke out against the team in 2020, wanting the report to be public, and it’s possible to ensure confidentiality and release the report. Banks and attorney Debra Katz have sent Goodell a letter responding to his comments, accusing the commissioner of hiding behind the “incredibly brave women” who came forward. The letter also says that their clients do not “wish any further protection from you by withholding this report.” “You have misrepresented the wishes of our clients, and likely those of the other women and men who came forward, to...
    Melanie Coburn and Ana Nunez courageously took a Tuesday train from Washington to New York City to take on the NFL. The former Washington Football Team employees delivered a letter personally to the league’s 33 owners at the fall league meetings. They are demanding accountability and transparency from the NFL about its investigation into Washington’s hostile workplace culture that Nunez said they “covered … up.” Coburn and Nunez stood in the lobby of The InterContinental New York Barclay in Midtown Manhattan as representatives of all former employees who were subjected to “an environment rife with sexual harassment, discrimination and abuse of its female employees.” “We want the league to acknowledge that this happened,” said Nunez, a former Washington sales representative and suites department employee. “We want them to be made accountable, especially [owner] Dan Snyder, for letting this happen over and over again for years and years. And honestly, we want to place some sort of system of accountability, not just for owners but for everyone. It starts at the top. We want it to start at the NFL.” This...
    Pace of vaccinations among young people spotlights nations stark regional disparities OnPolitics: Virginias dead heat governors race © Provided by Sports Illustrated In the letter, the former Washington Football Team requests that the NFL stop protecting  misogynists and wealthy owners. View the original article to see embedded media.Former Washington Football Team employees hand-delivered a letter to the NFL owners meeting Tuesday. The group continued to ask for transparency regarding the league's investigation into Washington. Emily Appelgate, Brad Baker, Melanie Coburn, Rachel Curtis and Dominique Dupras all signed the letter addressed to owners.  "We write to you as members of the NFL's Social Justice Working Group to ask during the NFL's owner's meeting this week, you push the NFL to make public the findings of the investigation into the Washington Football Team ("WFT")," they wrote. "While your working group was formed to address issues of racial justice in the league, you also have the ability to seek justice for the hundreds of women and men, such as us, who bravely came forward to share stories of harassment and abuse we...
    The Washington Football team was slapped with a staggering $10 million fine after the NFL completed their investigation of the team’s workplace culture. In addition to the fine, WFT Owner Daniel Snyder was taken off of day-to-day operations and his wife, Tanya Snyder, will now oversee day-today operations for the next several months. Dan Snyder will direct his focus to focus to “a new stadium plan and other matters,” the league said in a statement. “All senior executives, including the Snyders, will take part in training in workplace conduct, covering topics such as bullying, diversity and inclusion, LGBTQ+ issues, microaggression and unconscious bias,” ESPN reported. The investigation was begun after dozens of former team employees charged the organization with varying degrees of sexual misconduct, intimidation, and harassment. In one example, former marketing coordinator Emily Applegate alleges she was told to wear revealing clothes “so the men in the room have something to look at.” Dan Snyder released a statement expressing his “great remorse” for those who had “traumatic” experiences while working for the Football Team. “I have learned a lot in the...
    The lawyers representing former Washington Football Team employees who accused the organization of fostering a toxic workplace environment and sexual harassment blasted the NFL on Thursday. The league announced a $10 million fine following the conclusion of its investigation. The league did not strip the team of any draft picks or force any change at the top of the organization. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, who represented 40 former Washington team employees in their accusations accused the NFL of protecting Washington owner Daniel Snyder and calling the NFL’s decision a "slap in the face" to their clients. "In response to a year-long investigation in which more than 100 witnesses were interviewed, and which we believe substantiated our clients’ allegations of pervasive harassment, misogyny and abuse at the Washington Football Team, the NFL has chosen to protect owner Dan Snyder," the statement read.  "Ignoring our requests that it make the report prepared by Beth Wilkinson public, the NFL has chosen instead to receive only an oral report of the findings and to fine...
    The NFL has fined the Washington Football Team $10 million and owner Dan Snyder is stepping away from day-to-day operations after an independent investigation into the organization's workplace misconduct. The team was not stripped of any draft picks as part of the league's discipline that was announced Thursday stemming from lawyer Beth Wilkinson's investigation that began last summer. The investigation found ownership and senior officials paid little attention to sexual harassment and other workplace issues that made the environment 'highly unprofessional.' Snyder says his wife Tanya will be in charge for the next 'several months.' Tanya Snyder was named co-CEO on Tuesday. Dan Snyder will 'concentrate on a new stadium plan and other matters,' according to the NFL press release.  'I want to thank the current and former employees who spoke to Beth and her team; they provided vital information that will help ensure that the workplace environment at the club continues to improve,' NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. 'It is incredibly difficult to relive painful memories. I am grateful to everyone who courageously came forward.'  In...
    The Washington Football Team could be in the crosshairs of Jeff Bezos after the billionaire's attorney reportedly contacted a sports investment firm that is known to be looking for a buyer for Daniel Snyder's team. However, Snyder has no interest in selling the team, a source familiar with the situation has told DailyMail.com.     Talk of a potential sale began this week after court documents filed in India as part of Snyder's defamation lawsuit against a media company in that country revealed Bezos's attorney was in contact with the Baltimore-based firm, Moag & Co., according to FrontOfficeSports.com.  Moag & Co. was previously hired by the Washington Football Team's minority owners to find buyers for their shares - a sale that would likely be worth much more if Snyder also agreed to sell his majority stake.  Bezos, who recently announced his decision to step down as Amazon's CEO later this year, has long been rumored to be interested in buying an NFL franchise, according to multiple reports. However, it's unclear if he has any path to owning the Washington Football Team outright,...
    Former Washington Football Team cheerleaders, who sued the franchise after discovering they appeared in two 10-minute 'lewd' videos that employees secretly made from outtakes of 2008 and 2010 swimsuit calendar shoots, have reached a confidential settlement.  Cindy Minniti, an attorney representing the team and owner Daniel Snyder, told The Washington Post: 'The matter has been resolved.'  Attorneys Lisa Banks and Gloria Allred, who represents dozens of former cheerleaders in the case, wouldn't provide any details about the settlements.  Last August, 25 women came forward claiming they were sexually harassed while working for the Washington Football Team, which was formerly known as the Redskins.   Former Washington Football Team cheerleaders (pictured in 2008), who sued the franchise after discovering they appeared in two 10-minute 'lewd' videos that employees secretly made from outtakes of 2008 and 2010 swimsuit shoots, have reached a confidential settlement Redskins cheerleaders seen dancing as part of a 2004 event, where former Redskins cheerleader Tiffany Bacon Scourby claims Snyder suggested she spend some time with a close friend of his in a nearby hotel room Tiffany...
    The NFL's ongoing investigation into workplace sexual harassment claims made by Washington Football Team employees has revealed a potentially relevant 2009 settlement, and now club owner Daniel Snyder is fighting to prevent details of the agreement from being made public. In an emergency motion reviewed by DailyMail.com that was filed in a Virginia federal court on Monday, Snyder's attorneys declared that he intends to assert 'privileges and privacy' in the matter. The Washington Post was the first to report Monday's motion, which revealed the 2009 settlement. Specifics about the deal remain under seal, but Beth Wilkinson, an attorney investigating the sexual harassment claims for the league, is currently engaged in a legal battle with the club's former counsel to reveal those details. The 2009 settlement involves 'the nature of misconduct,' according to court records. This legal battle follows two separate Washington Post reports over the summer, in which at least 15 women made sexual harassment or other hostile workplace claims against club employees, nearly all of whom departed before or immediately after the accusations were revealed. The NFL's ongoing...
    Amid an NFL probe into sexual harassment claims against The Washington Football Team, franchise owner Dan Snyder is now speaking out to apologize for the club's failures without addressing any specific allegation. 'Let's be really clear: This is a human issue,' Snyder told The Wall Street Journal. 'I'm sorry that anyone was hurt, but we can change. 'We are apologetic,' added Snyder, who has replaced the team's controversial nickname name, its President, and the head coach since early summer. In two separate Washington Post reports over the summer, no fewer than 15 women made sexual harassment or other hostile workplace claims against club employees, nearly all of whom departed before or immediately after the accusations were revealed.  Amid an NFL probe into sexual harassment claims against The Washington Football Team, franchise owner Dan Snyder is now speaking out to apologize for the club's failures without addressing any specific allegation  Snyder (left) hired a new boss before the season: former NFL running back Jason Wright (right), who became the NFL's first African-American team president Snyder, himself, was accused...
    Lawyers representing more than 20 former Washington Football Team employees sent a letter to team owner Daniel Snyder, asking him to release them from their non-disclosure agreements. Attorneys Lisa Banks and Debra Katz say that the move is necessary to allow the former employees to speak freely about the “toxic and sexually hostile work environment” they experienced under his leadership,” they said. “Like all victims of sexual harassment and sexual exploitation, these women should be afforded the ability to talk openly about their experiences in order to seek the support and healing they need and also to shine a light on the abuse to which they were subjected to help bring about accountability,” the letter said.  Snyder has already agreed to release employees from their NDAs for the limited purpose of speaking only with investigators as part of the NFL’s investigation into the team. In another letter to Snyder on Friday, the attorneys notified Snyder of their intent to file a lawsuit after “reviewing the highly sexualized and exploitative videos of team cheerleaders,” as detailed in The Washington Post report. “The surreptitious creation and...
    A Republican student group at Arizona State University is raising money for the legal defense of the Kenosha shooting suspect A state-by-state guide to the USAs best burritos NFL takes over investigation of Washington Football Team The NFL has taken over the independent investigation into workplace conduct within the Washington Football Team, owner Dan Snyder confirmed Monday. © APWF FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, file photo, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder listens to head coach Ron Rivera during a news conference at the team's NFL football training facility, in Ashburn, Va. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the NFL has taken over the independent investigation into workplace conduct within the Washington Football Team. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) Snyder said in a statement he and his wife, Tanya, suggested to Commissioner Roger Goodell the NFL assume full oversight of the review ''so that the results are thorough, complete and trusted by the fans, the players, our employees and the public.'' He said the organization remains committed to fully cooperating with the investigation. Last...
    The NFL has taken over the independent investigation into workplace conduct within the Washington Football Team, owner Dan Snyder confirmed Monday. Snyder said in a statement he and his wife, Tanya, suggested to Commissioner Roger Goodell the NFL assume full oversight of the review “so that the results are thorough, complete and trusted by the fans, the players, our employees and the public.” He said the organization remains committed to fully cooperating with the investigation. Last month, after The Washington Post reported 15 female former employees saying they were sexually harassed during their time with the team, Snyder hired Washington law firm Wilkinson Walsh LLP to review the team’s culture, policies and allegations of workplace misconduct. Attorney Beth Wilkinson now reports directly to the league office. The change of course comes less than a week since the Post reported additional examples of workplace sexual harassment, along with allegations that Snyder was personally involved. Lawyers Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, who represent more than 15 former team employees, met with NFL senior vice president and special counsel for investigations Lisa Friel...
    Several more former employees of the Washington Football Team have outlined a pervasive culture of fear and abuse, along with incidents in which cheerleaders and female employees were exploited or mistreated in the time since Dan Snyder has owned the team, The Washington Post reported. Many of the employees who spoke to the news outlet said they were doing so in reaction to Snyder’s comments on an earlier story outlining a toxic culture for female employees. Several front office members accused of misconduct were in Snyder’s inner circle, and three of them left shortly before the earlier article was published. The former employees said they were angered by Snyder’s attempts to put distance between himself and the culture that developed under his tenure. Snyder, in a statement Wednesday, called the most recent story a “hit job,” and while admitting that he had been “hands-off as an owner,” he denied the allegations made in the story. A former cheerleader for the Washington Football Team, Tiffany Bacon Scourby, told the news outlet that at a 2004 D.C. charity event called “Fight Night,” which...
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