Washington NFL owner Dan Snyder claims he is committed to improving the culture inside the organization following sexual harassment allegations made against the team. The allegations of sexual harassment spanning from 2006 to 2019 were raised by 15 women and all but one anonymously spoke to The Washington Post.
The Washington NFL team has been through a tough time lately as -- this past Monday -- after weeks of a lot of public pressure -- the team decided to retire its longtime term "Redskins." "The behavior described in yesterday's Washington Post article has no place in our franchise or society," Snyder said in a statement Friday, as quoted on ESPN.
"This story has strengthened my commitment to setting a new culture and standard for our team." After the allegations were made, Snyder wanted to show his commitment as he hired the District of Columbia law firm Wilkinson Walsh to conduct an independent review of team policies, culture and allegations of workplace misconduct.
The NFL will wait until the investigation is finished and then je will meet with lawyers to discuss the findings. "These matters as reported are serious, disturbing and contrary to the NFL's values," the league said.
"Everyone in the NFL has the right to work in an environment free from any and all forms of harassment."
Snyder vows changes will come
"Beth Wilkinson and her firm are empowered to do a full, unbiased investigation and make any and all requisite recommendations," Snyder said.
"Upon completion of her work, we will institute new policies and procedures and strengthen our human resources infrastructure to not only avoid these issues in the future but most importantly create a team culture that is respectful and inclusive of all."
This offseason, Washington hired coach Ron Rivera to replace Jay Gruden as the coach of the team. Rivera is a coach who is loved by players and many believe that he is the right guy for a team that wants to make positive changes and have a better culture.
"[The] biggest thing is that we have to move forward from this and make sure everybody understands we have policies that we will follow and that we have an open door policy with no retribution," Rivera said in a text to ESPN's John Keim. "Plus my daughter works for the team and I sure as hell am not going to allow any of this!"