Story at a glance

  • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the identities of former employees who spoke under the condition of anonymity would be put in jeopardy of becoming public if the report was published.
  • Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder has not been allowed to handle day-to-day operations since the allegations came to light.
  • Goodell said he believed the league had handled the accusations of verbal abuse and sexual harassment appropriately.

The NFL will not publish a report on it’s investigation into the Washington Football Team’s alleged sexual harassment and abuse, saying it would put the anonymity of those who cooperated in the investigation at risk.

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday said the move represented the league was dedicated to protecting the identities of the roughly 150 former employees who cooperated with outside counsel in the investigation, which amassed six million pages of evidence, The Guardian reported.

“When you make a promise to protect the anonymity, to make sure that we get the right information, you need to stay with it,” Goodell said at a news conference in midtown Manhattan following six hours of NFL owners meetings. “And so we’re very conscious of making sure that we’re protecting those who came forward. They were incredibly brave.”


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The Washington Football Team, known up until last year as the Washington Redskins, made headlines last summer when a Washington Post report alleged 15 women were sexually harassed and verbally abused by former team employees. Ex-Washington Football Team marketing coordinator Emily Applegate was the only woman named in the report.

“It was the most miserable experience of my life,” Applegate told the Washington Post at the time. “And we all tolerated it because we knew if we complained — and they reminded us of this — there were 1,000 people out there who would take our job in a heartbeat.”

Goodell on Tuesday said he believed the league had handled the allegations appropriately and that Washington owner Daniel Snyder had not been permitted to handle the franchise’s day-to-day operations since Applegate’s and other’s claims had come to light last year.

“I do think he has been held accountable and the organization has been held accountable,” Goodell said.

The team was also slapped with a $10 million fine from the NFL in July following the 10-month probe by Washington attorney Beth Wilkinson.

The franchise had treated women in a “highly unprofessional” manner that included intimidation, sexual harassment, and a “general lack of respect in the workplace,” Goodell said at the time.

Members of the NFL’s Social Justice Working Group were given a letter from two former Washington Football Team employees earlier on Tuesday asking to make the report public. 


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Published on Oct 27, 2021