Serious allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate workplace behavior were leveled at former staff members of the Washington football team by 15 women, according to a new report from The Washington Post.
The article names former personnel executives Richard Mann II and Alex Santos along with former lead broadcaster and executive Larry Michael for harassment and verbal abuse of employees and also two reporters who covered the team. Mann and Santos were fired last week while Michael announced Wednesday that he'd retired. The article also names former business executives Dennis Greene and Mitch Gershman.
The article presents an organization with an understaffed human resources department and a culture slow to react to violations or sketchy behavior - if any reaction came at all. The story leads with on-the-record testimony from former Washington football team employee Emily Applegate and emphasizes that the alleged misconduct happened throughout most of the tenure of team owner Dan Snyder.
The allegations raised by Applegate and others — running from 2006 to 2019 — span most of Snyder’s tenure as owner and fall into two categories: unwelcome overtures or comments of a sexual nature, and exhortations to wear revealing clothing and flirt with clients to close sales deals.
Washington hired attorney Beth Wilkinson to conduct a review of human resources policies and she released the following statement via the Post: "The Washington Redskins football team takes issues of employee conduct seriously … While we do not speak to specific employee situations publicly, when new allegations of conduct are brought forward that are contrary to these policies, we address them promptly."
This is obviously a significant story with multiple layers that will require careful analysis and understanding. Expect much more from NBC Sports Washington on this developing situation.
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