Jon Gruden emails: NFL known as on to launch findings in Washington probe
The attorneys for a number of Washington Football Team cheerleaders who accused the group of office misconduct known as on the NFL to launch the findings of its investigation into the franchise.
Lisa Banks and Debra Katz launched the joint assertion on Tuesday, hours after Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden stepped down as emails confirmed he despatched misogynistic and homophobic messages to a number of individuals, together with former Washington president Bruce Allen.
In line with The New York Times, Gruden’s emails with Allen and others included “photographs of girls sporting solely bikini bottoms, together with one photograph of two Washington cheerleaders.”
“It’s actually outrageous that after the NFL’s 10-month lengthy investigation involving a whole lot of witnesses and 650,000 paperwork associated to the longtime tradition of harassment and abuse on the Washington Soccer Group, the one individual to be held accountable and lose their job is the coach of the Las Vegas Raiders,” the assertion learn.
“If the NFL felt it acceptable to launch these offensive emails from Jon Gruden, which it obtained throughout its investigation into the Washington Soccer Group, it should additionally launch the findings associated to the precise goal of that investigation. Our purchasers and the general public at giant deserve transparency and accountability. If not, the NFL and Roger Goodell should clarify why they seem intent on defending the Washington Soccer Group and proprietor Dan Snyder in any respect prices.”
Melanie Coburn, a former Washington cheerleader, started a petition calling on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to launch the findings of the investigation into the group.
“The NFL should do the best factor and make the sexual misconduct investigation of the WFT public AND maintain Dan Snyder accountable for the historical past of serial sexual harassment inside his group,” Coburn wrote.
In 2018, The New York Times reported that some cheerleaders have been compelled to pose topless and act as escorts throughout a calendar photograph shoot journey to Costa Rica in 2013. Three dozen cheerleaders made the journey to Occidental Grand Papagayo, an adults-only resort, for the photograph shoot, and in keeping with the newspaper they have been compelled to pose topless and sporting physique paint. The near-nude photographs have been by no means revealed however the photographs got here up once more within the newest report from Monday.
Coburn advised NPR she wasn’t part of the salacious shoot however was in touch with the cheerleaders who have been.
“They’re all traumatized. It is simply extra anxiety-producing proof that very non-public, compromising content material was circulating not simply amongst our group however apparently the whole NFL. So it has been an emotional 24 hours, to say the least,” Coburn mentioned.
NFL vice chairman of communications Brian McCarthy advised NPR the league has no plans to launch emails associated to the investigation.
“We now have launched no emails throughout this course of and haven’t any plans to take action,” he mentioned.