Dan Snyder is the owner of the team formally known as the Washington Redskins. His organization has been going through some massive changes over the last few weeks. Sponsors threatened to pull out, team merchandise was taken offline, minority owners wanted to sell, and the NFL approved of a name change. Snyder relented and agreed to review the name/logo, and change it when the review was completed.
Then word leaked out of an upcoming news story that would expose the toxic environment in the organization. Local reporters hyped it up without giving details. The internet, and various unreliable sources, took over and projected details of the unpublished story. Much of that speculation turned out to be unfounded.
The Washington Post published their story yesterday; it detailed multiple women being harassed verbally and sexually by top Redskins executives over the course of more than a decade. These women included employees and reporters who covered the team.
The executives reportedly involved in sexual harassment of employees and reporters have either been fired (Alex Santos and Richard Mann II) or retired (Larry Michael). Washington has also retained a high-profile lawyer to review the organization’s culture, policies, and accusations of workplace misconduct.
At the time the story broke, the only official statement came from Head Coach Ron Rivera, who has been the face of the franchise since being hired.
Now, almost a day later, Dan Snyder has made a statement.
STATEMENT FROM OWNER DAN SNYDER:
The behavior described in yesterday’s Washington Post article has no place in our franchise or society.
This story has strengthened my commitment to setting a new culture and standard for our team, a process that began with the hiring of Coach Rivera earlier this year.
Beth Wilkinson and her firm are empowered to do a full, unbiased investigation and make any and all requisite recommendations. 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.