N.F.L. Penalizes Washington Football Team Amid Harassment Allegations

The N.F.L. on Thursday introduced that the Washington Football Team would pay a $10 million positive to the league after a yearlong investigation into studies of the membership’s rampant tradition of sexual harassment perpetuated by managers and executives beneath the possession of Daniel Snyder. The crew additionally should reimburse the league for the price of the investigation.

Snyder additionally will quickly take away himself from day-to-day enterprise operations of the membership, ceding that management to his spouse and new co-chief govt, Tanya Snyder. Daniel Snyder, although, will attend video games, and proceed to work on long-term tasks, together with trying to find a brand new crew identify and new stadium. Vestry Laight, a agency that works with corporations to deal with misconduct that was already retained by the crew, will even present the league with periodic updates on the crew’s human assets practices for the subsequent two years.

Roger Goodell, the league’s commissioner, “concluded that for many years the workplace environment at the Washington Football Team, both generally and particularly for women, was highly unprofessional,” the league stated in a press release. “Bullying and intimidation frequently took place and many described the culture as one of fear, and numerous female employees reported having experienced sexual harassment and a general lack of respect in the workplace.”

The penalties are a few of the harshest levied in opposition to an N.F.L. crew and conclude an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and abuse by males within the crew’s entrance workplace courting to 2004. Beth Wilkinson, a lawyer based mostly in Washington who led the investigation, compiled a prolonged, detailed report that shaped the premise of the league’s determination to penalize the crew.

“We are incredibly remorseful and incredibly sorry and we want everyone to be treated with dignity and respect and professionalism,” Snyder stated in an interview on Wednesday in New York.

“I’m mortified to think that’s happening in our building and our business,” Tanya Snyder added.

Nearly 150 present and former staff of the soccer membership have been interviewed as a part of Wilkinson’s investigation into studies of misdeeds that have been detailed in a number of Washington Post articles final yr, in addition to studies detailed in The New York Times in 2018 about abuse of cheerleaders. In addition to a number of incidents of inappropriate therapy of feminine workplace staff and cheerleaders by males employed by the franchise, The Post additionally reported that two ladies had accused Snyder, 56, in separate episodes of harassment courting to 2004. He has denied these allegations.

The N.F.L. launched solely a quick abstract of the crew’s poisonous inner tradition, not a full report, so it’s unclear how deep the dysfunction went.

Separately, Snyder reached a monetary settlement in 2009 with a feminine former govt who had accused him of sexual misconduct throughout a visit on a personal jet.

Snyder denied any wrongdoing, although he has conceded that he had been too lax in his administration of the crew through the years, leaving a lot of the day-to-day operating of the membership to Bruce Allen, the previous crew president who was dismissed on the finish of 2019 after a decade on the job.

“I appreciate the people who came forward and intend fully to implement all of the recommendations coming out of the investigation,” Snyder stated in a press release launched Thursday.

The allegations of widespread harassment throughout the Washington franchise have been acutely embarrassing for the league, which through the previous twenty years gained a popularity that it had did not adequately reprimand gamers, coaches, workers and even crew house owners who harass or assault ladies.

The crew additionally determined to drop its nickname and brand final July after years of criticism from individuals who thought of it a racist slur in opposition to Native Americans and threats from main firms to finish sponsorships. The crew is reviewing new names and logos.