In an exclusive interview with the Wall Street Journal:
As the Washington Football Team awaits the findings of an independent investigation into its workplace culture, owner Dan Snyder says it is true that his National Football League team had a wayward work environment that demanded a sweeping overhaul.
“Let’s be really clear: This is a human issue. I’m sorry that anyone was hurt,” Snyder said in a rare interview last week. “But we can change.”
Snyder’s comments come amid an independent investigation led by lawyer Beth Wilkinson, which was commissioned by the team in July and is now overseen by the league. The probe was launched as the Washington Post reported allegations from women who said they were harassed or verbally abused while working for the team. The women said they were subject to unwelcome sexual overtures, discussion of their bodies and sexually charged comments. Snyder has denied a pair of alleged incidents involving him.
With the investigation’s findings expected soon, Snyder and new team president Jason Wright, in separate interviews, acknowledged that there were problems inside the organization and sought to demonstrate that they are addressing them. However, Snyder did not address specific allegations that have been leveled against him and the team.
Wilkinson did not have a comment on the probe. An NFL spokesman said the investigation is ongoing and comprehensive.