Washington State's NFL Team Hires Law Firm to Look Over Misconduct Allegations
By: Evan Mei
Owner Dan Snyder has hired a law firm from Washington D.C to look over the Washington NFL team’s culture, policies, and accusations of misconduct in the workplace.
Beth Wilkinson of Wilkinson Walsh, LLP, told the Associated Press on Thursday that the firm was only for an independent review. First to report the hiring was ESPN. On Thursday this week, the Washington Post reported that 15 former female employees that were sexually harassed during their time with the team.
The team, who stated that they take issues of employee conduct very, very seriously, said this “While we do not speak to specific employee situations publicly, when new allegations of conduct are brought forward that are contrary to these policies, we address them promptly.”
Within the past week, three members from the front office have already left the organization. Amongst those who have left are longtime broadcaster and senior vice president Larry Michael, director of player personnel Alex Santos, and finally, assistant Richard Mann II. Michael has announced Wednesday that he would retire, ending his 16 year career.
Also on Wednesday, Jeff Scott was to be the new assistant director of pro scouting and advance coordinator in order to replace Mann.
Washington now has already seen several months of huge, significant changes. For example, right after the end of the 2019 season, President Bruce Allen was fired, with coach Ron Rivera hired on New Year’s Day, granting him control of all of the football operations. The team even announced that the name “Redskins” would be abandoned once and for all after 87 years, all in the span of a couple of months.
Following Allen’s departure, the team’s previous medical and training staff were fired, with trainers from Carolina brought by Rivera replacing them.