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Snyder calls WaPo report a 'hit job' after new allegations of misconduct

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Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder has denied the accusations of sexual misconduct within the organization during his time as the team's owner. The accusations were published in a lengthy investigative story by the Washington Post on Wednesday.

“The Washington Post article reads like a ‘hit job’ relying on unnamed sources and allegations that are largely ten to twenty years old,” Snyder said in a statement obtained by ESPN's Adam Schefter. “We attempted to engage with the Washington Post to provide them with the facts, but those facts clearly didn’t align with their narrative.”

In the Post story, former cheerleader Tiffany Bacon Scourby alleged that Snyder approached her during a 2004 charitable event and asked her to go join his longtime friend in a hotel room to "get to know each other better."

Additionally, long-time radio play-by-play voice Larry Michael was accused of asking his staff to produce explicit versions of 2008 and 2010 cheerleader calendar shoot videos as "a special project" for Snyder.

Snyder addressed both those incidents in his statement.

“I want to unequivocally state that this never happened,” Snyder said. “Ms. Scourby did not report this alleged incident to anyone at the team in 2004, in her 8 years as a cheerleader, or at any time in the past 16 years.”

The story from the Washington Post was the second investigative piece published by the newspaper this summer that chronicled sexual harassment within the organization. In July, the Washington Post published a story that contained numerous sexual harassment allegations from 15 former team employees as well as two reporters. 

 

All the executives accused in the July story are no longer with the organization, as Michael abruptly retired the day before the initial Washington Post story came out this summer, while personnel men Alex Santos and Richard Mann II were let go earlier that week.

Since the initial story, Snyder has taken multiple steps to make changes in his organization. The owner hired an independent law firm to take a deep dive into the organization's culture in an effort to improve it.

Snyder also hired former NBC Sports Washington anchor Julie Donaldson to replace Michael. In her new role of Senior VP of Media and Content, Donaldson is the first female to hold an executive position in the NFL. Earlier this month, Snyder hired Jason Wright, who is the first Black team president in the NFL.

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