Washington Football Team scandal takes another turn as Congress gets involved

Washington Football Team scandal takes another turn as Congress gets involved

The investigation into workplace misconduct allegations against the Washington Football Team might end up becoming public record at some point soon.

The NFL has pushed back against making details of its investigation public ever since it wrapped up an inquiry into sexual harassment allegations levied in the organization’s direction.

Now, the United States Congress is looking to get involved.

According to Liz Clarke of The Washington Post, two democratic congressional members are pressing NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell and Co. with their findings as it relates to the aforementioned allegations.

“Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) sent a five-page letter asking Goodell to produce by Nov. 4 ‘all documents and communications obtained in connection with the investigation into the WFT, its management, its owners, and any other matter relating to or resulting from the WFT investigation,’” The Post report read.

The Washington Football Team investigation stems from numerous former employees of the NFL franchise claiming workplace misconduct from the highest levels of the front office, including former team president Bruce Allen.

Washington Football Team scandal not going away

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Aug 15, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen (left) and head coach Jay Gruden (center) and team owner Daniel Snyder (right) look on from the field before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

All of this comes on the heels of former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden resigning after he displayed racist, misogynistic and homophobic tenancies in emails to the aforementioned Allen when the latter was a member of the Washington Football Team’s front office.

It also comes amid other reports indicating that Washington attempted to cover up the scandal by offering hush money to these former employees.

The letter itself from these two congressional members point to the 150 interviews and 650,000 emails and other documents that the NFL collected in its investigation into the WFT.

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“We have serious concerns about what appears to be widespread abusive workplace conduct at the WFT and about the NFL’s handling of this matter,” the letter states.

As for the NFL, spokesman Brian McCarthy acknowledged receipt of the letter and indicated that the league will “look forward to speaking to Maloney’s office soon.”

The NFL finds itself behind the proverbial eight-ball now that a NY Times story revealed general council Jeff Pash had a chummy relationship with Bruce Allen, leading some to believe that he can’t be an impartial figure in the entire scandal.

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Author: Vincent Frank

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