The NFL announced that it’s fining the Washington Football Team $10 million for condoning a “highly unprofessional” workplace over the past several years.
Washington was under investigation because multiple women came forward to detail their horrifying experiences with Dan Snyder and other team executives. Beth Wilkinson was hired to investigate the cultural issues going on behind the scenes in the nation’s capital. She found out that bullying and intimidation frequently occurred inside the facility.
Despite how serious these allegations are, Washington didn’t lose any draft picks or receive any suspensions.
The attorneys who represent 40 former Washington Football Team employees who dealt with sexual harassment in the workplace, Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, released a statement on the NFL’s punishment. They believe Washington got off easy.
“In response to a year-long investigation in which more than 100 witnesses were interviewed, and which we believe substantiated our clients’ allegations of pervasive harassment, misogyny and abuse at the Washington Football Team, the NFL has chosen to protect owner Dan Snyder,” Banks and Katz said. “Ignoring our requests that it make the report prepared by Beth Wilkinson public, the NFL has chosen instead to receive only an oral report of the findings and to fine owner Dan Snyder what amounts to pocket change.
“This is truly outrageous, and is a slap in the face to the hundreds of women and former employees who came forward in good faith and at great personal risk to report a culture of abuse at all levels of the Team, including by Snyder himself. The NFL has effectively told survivors in this country and around the world that it does not care about them or credit their experiences. Female fans, and fans of goodwill everywhere, take note.”
Statement from attorneys Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, who represent 40 former Washington Football Team employees: pic.twitter.com/8vfb6CISX7
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) July 1, 2021
It’s understandable that Banks and Katz are frustrated with how the NFL handled this situation.
Dan Snyder is handing over the day-to-day operations to his wife, Tanya Snyder, but that’s not an actual suspension. He’ll still be allowed to attend games and work on the team’s plans for a new stadium.