SportsPulse: The Washington Publish revelations of rampant sexual harassment is greater than sufficient to justify the removing of Dan Snyder as proprietor of the NFL’s Washington franchise, says Christine Brennan.
Over the last six weeks, 42 girls have alleged in two separate Washington Publish investigations that the Washington Soccer Workforce has been a cesspool of sexual harassment and misconduct for a lot of Dan Snyder’s 21-year reign as proprietor.
In a July 16 document, Snyder wasn’t at once implicated. Within the Publish’s newest, revealed Wednesday morning, he’s. A lewd outtakes video of the making of the workforce’s 2008 cheerleader go well with calendar was once allegedly compiled for Snyder, whilst he is also accused of suggesting a cheerleader sign up for an in depth male good friend of his in a lodge room in order that they “may just get to grasp each and every different higher.”
Sean DeBarbieri, a spokesperson for the Washington Soccer Workforce, advised USA TODAY Sports activities on Wednesday that the workforce had no touch upon Wednesday’s document. Snyder released a statement Wednesday afternoon denying the allegations, pronouncing the Publish investigation “reads like a ‘hit activity.’”
Then again, if the allegations are true,Snyder will have to pass. Not at all can he be allowed to stay an proprietor of an NFL workforce.
Daniel Snyder has owned the Washington Soccer Workforce since 1999. (Picture: Alex Brandon, AP)
If Snyder possessed even a smidgen of dignity in the course of those withering and reprehensible allegations no longer handiest in opposition to him however the place of work he oversees, he would say he’s promoting the workforce and mainly renounce, simply as 3 of his male workers did remaining month when confronted with the intensive allegations in opposition to them within the Publish’s first go-round with the workforce.
As good fortune would have it, Snyder even has an alleged sexual misconduct position style to observe. Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said he was going to sell his team on Dec. 17, 2017, the same day Sports Illustrated reported that at least four former Panthers employees received significant monetary settlements due to inappropriate workplace comments and conduct by Richardson, including sexually suggestive language and behavior, and on at least one occasion directing a racial slur at a Black team scout.
Five months later, Richardson was gone, selling his team in a $2.2 billion deal approved by NFL owners on May 22, 2018. A month after that, Richardson was fined $2.75 million by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. He made a ton of money, but the NFL was done with him.
If Snyder doesn’t announce that he’s leaving, Goodell should do the honors for him. There would likely need to be an investigation, a legitimate fact-finding expedition done by the league, not the Snyder-financed sleuthing that came about after the first Post story.
The NFL’s investigators shouldn’t take long; the Post’s meticulous reporting has laid it all out for them. If the NFL confirms what the Post has reported, then Goodell and the league’s owners will have ample evidence to kick Snyder out for good. Expulsion requires a three-quarters vote of the league’s executive committee, which is comprised of one representative of all 32 teams.
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Snyder has his allies for sure, but there can be no room in the NFL in 2020 for an owner as awful as Snyder allegedly is. The sheer number of women alleging a culture of sexual harassment and misconduct within Snyder’s organization over more than 15 years is jaw-dropping. The Post said it interviewed more than 100 current and former employees of the once-revered NFL club, and reviewed internal company documents and other records.
The courageous women and men who came forward also told of an atmosphere in which bullying and demeaning behavior by management created a climate of fear that allowed abusive behavior to go on unchecked. The 25 women in Wednesday’s story described male bosses, colleagues and players commenting on their bodies and clothing, using sexual innuendos in workplace conversation and making unwanted advances in person or via emails, text messages and social media.
Interestingly, many of those who spoke to the Post for this week’s investigation did so because they were angered by Snyder’s comments attempting to distance himself from the toxic workplace environment in his organization as reported in July.
But in his statement, Snyder painted himself not as someone in charge of his organization, but as some sort of bystander.
He said he has “admittedly been too hands-off as an owner,” adding that “going forward, I am going to be more involved.” He mentioned the “major changes in personnel bringing in new leadership to drive cultural transformation on and off the field.”
In the fallout from the first Post story, Snyder brought in a new team president, Jason Wright, the first Black person to hold that job in NFL history, and a new senior vice president of media, Julie Donaldson, the team’s highest-ranking woman.
Along with new head coach Ron Rivera, they are supposed to represent significant change for this floundering organization.
That’s all well and good. But even if Snyder wishes to distract us from his overwhelming presence at the top of the team he owns, we know he is there. We also know there is one man responsible for everything that is allegedly going on in his organization, and that is Snyder himself.