By Lewis Gould
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has reiterated the league’s decision not to make public the results of its investigation into the workplace culture at the WFT.
He says the anonymity of the people who cooperated with the investigation was too high a priority to allow the league to do so.
“We’re very conscious of making sure we’re protecting those who came forward,” Goodell said after six hours of NFL owners meetings in midtown Manhattan. “That was a very high priority.”
I represent 40 former employees of the WFT who participated in the investigation. Goodell’s statement is false. https://t.co/hKSzFkzQxK
— Lisa Banks (@LisaBanksKMB) October 27, 2021
The investigation has been criticized after some of the emails unearthed in the process became public, resulting in the resignation of Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden. In those emails, Gruden used racist, anti-gay and misogynistic language that the league has denounced. Calls to release more of the emails have been rejected.
Two former WFT employees came to the hotel where the owners were meeting yesterday, with copies of a letter they sent to the league asking for the findings of the investigation to be made public. Those former employees specifically mentioned Washington team owner Daniel Snyder, who as a result of the investigation has, according to Goodell, not been a part of team activities for the past several months. Snyder’s wife, Tanya, who is a co-CEO of the franchise, has taken over daily operations, and the team was fined $10 million in the wake of the investigation.