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Goodell condemns behavior alleged in latest WFT report

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Following the release of a lengthy investigative story by the Washington Post on Wednesday that detailed sexual misconduct accusations within the Washington Football Team's organization in the past, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has released a statement on the report.

"We strongly condemn the unprofessional, disturbing and abhorrent behavior and workplace environment alleged in the report which is entirely inconsistent with our standards and has no place in the NFL," the statement said.

The league noted that it will not launch a new investigation into the most recent reports, however, as it will continue to cooperate with the current investigation in which an independent law firm was hired by Washington in July to take a deep dive into the organization's culture in an effort to improve it.

"An independent investigation into these issues is in process, led by highly experienced counsel recommended by our office," the statement said. "We will continue to monitor the progress of this investigation and ensure that the club and its employees satisfy their obligation to give full cooperation to the investigators."

Should any participating members interfere with the integrity of the investigation or not give full cooperation, the league will step in and handle it accordingly. 

"If at any time the club or anyone associated with the club fails to do so, the investigating counsel has been asked to promptly advise our office and we will take appropriate action," the statement said. "When the investigation concludes, we will review the findings and take any appropriate action at that time."

 

The initial investigation was launched after The Washington Post released a story that featured sexual harassment allegations against former team employees including executives Alex Santos and Richard Mann II and broadcaster Larry Michael. None remain with the organization.

The current report by the Washington Post included allegations from former cheerleader Tiffany Bacon Scourby that included Snyder asking Scourby at a 2004 charity event to accompany a longtime friend of the owner to a hotel suite to "get to know each other better." Michael was accused of requesting explicit versions of cheerleader calendar shoots for "a special project" for Snyder.

Snyder addressed the most recent allegations in a statement on Wednesday, denying all accusations.

“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.”