Congressional committee seeking more information from NFL regarding Washington Football Team probe

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Oversight Committee has actually gotten in touch with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in an effort to analyze the league’s examination of the Washington Football Team, which indirectly caused Jon Gruden’s resignation as Raiders coach less than 2 weeks back. The NFL formerly stated no additional details from its examination would be openly revealed. But the Oversight Committee chairs have actually now asked for files and details associated to the examinations be turned over by Nov. 4, 2021.

The Committee on Oversight and Reform is the primary investigative committee of the House of Representatives. Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) gotten in touch with Goodell on Thursday to ask for all files, interactions, reports and findings connected to the Washington examination be produced.

“The NFL has one of the most prominent platforms in America, and its decisions can have national implications,” the committee chairs composed. “The NFL’s lack of transparency about the problems it recently uncovered raise questions about the seriousness with which it has addressed bigotry, racism, sexism, and homophobia — setting troubling precedent for other workplaces. The Committee is seeking to fully understand this workplace conduct and the league’s response, which will help inform legislative efforts to address toxic work environments and workplace investigation processes; strengthen protections for women in the workplace; and address the use of non-disclosure agreements to prevent the disclosure of unlawful employment practices, including sexual harassment. We hope and trust that the NFL shares the Committee’s goal of protecting American workers from harassment and discrimination.”

NFL representative Brian McCarthy verified Thursday the NFL knows the Oversight Committee’s demands.

“We have received the Chairwoman’s letter and share her concern that all workplaces should be free from any form of harassment and discrimination,” McCarthy stated. “We look forward to speaking to her office soon.”

When asked by CBS Sports by means of e-mail whether the NFL has actually reacted, a Committee representative decreased to comment however repeated the Nov. 4 due date.  

The NFL’s examination into the Washington Football Team stemmed after a July 2020 report from The Washington Post, in which 15 previous female staff members declared unwanted sexual advances by group personnel throughout 18 years. Team owner Daniel Snyder consequently introduced an examination into his franchise’s office culture prior to the NFL took control of in August. That very same month, The Post released a follow-up report with previous staff members declaring Snyder “has presided over an organization in which women say they have been marginalized, discriminated against and exploited.”

This July, nearly a year after starting its examination with the assistance of independent attorney Beth Wilkinson, the NFL imposed a $10 million fine versus Washington after discovering a “highly unprofessional” workplace, “particularly for women.” Snyder, on the other hand, officially went back from everyday tasks as group owner, with his other half, Tanya, taking control of as CEO.

As part of the examination, more than 650,000 e-mails were analyzed by the league. Gruden was discovered to have actually participated in a pattern of insensitive — in some cases homophobic and misogynistic — language in a few of those messages, particularly with Washington executive Bruce Allen, as the Wall Street Journal and New York Times reported. He rapidly resigned as those reports emerged.

Attorneys for 40 previous Washington group staff members just recently called the for the NFL to totally reveal the 650,000+ e-mails that were analyzed as part of the examination, as CNN reported. McCarthy, nevertheless, has actually stated no additional examination information will be launched for privacy factors.

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