The workplace environment of the Washington Football Team was put under a microscope once again on Wednesday when the Washington Post published a story detailing several accusations of sexual misconduct within the organization during Dan Snyder's tenure as the team's owner.
Snyder issued a statement adamantly denying those claims, calling the Washington Post's story a "hit job." The team issued its own statement later that evening, which appeared to contradict Snyder's statement from earlier and encouraged any employee who has endured any of the experiences detailed to "report it immediately."
Shortly after Washington's official statement was released, newly hired team president Jason Wright weighed in on the matter on Twitter. Wright's response was a lot more in line with the team's, pledging to turn the culture around in Ashburn.
"I’ve spent the day talking to our @WashingtonNFL family," Wright tweeted. "We are all feeling weighed down by the hard to read accounts. We are now setting a new culture, we will take swift and decisive action, and we will lift the heaviness my colleagues are feeling today. Our journey starts now."
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.
Wright was hired earlier this month, filling the vacant team president role that was last held by longtime Snyder confidant Bruce Allen. In a statement released by the team upon Wright's hiring, the team president emphasized changing the culture in Washington as one of the main reasons he accepted the position.
"This team, at this time, is an ideal opportunity for me," Wright said in a statement. "The transformation of the Washington Football Team is happening across all aspects of the organization - from football to operations to branding to culture - and will make us a truly modern and aspirational franchise."
In that same release, Snyder also spoke glowingly about Wright.
"If I could design a leader for this important time in our history, it would be Jason," Snyder said in a statement earlier this month. "His experience as a former player, coupled with his business acumen, gives him a perspective that is unrivaled in the league."