Explosive events have rocked Washington’s football team all July, including Thursday’s latest blockbuster story by the Washington Post detailing sexual harassment allegations against five former team executives.
Fifteen women, one on the record and 14 who told their stories anonymously, cooperated with the Post on its detailed story. Three recent members of the front office, who had a combined 41 years working in the organization, were named specifically in the story with two others who left in previous years. Here are the three men who left the team this past week - two who were fired and one who retired.
Washington’s Director of Pro Personnel since 2014 and in his 15th year with the organization before being fired last week. Six former team employees, according to the Post, accused Santos of making inappropriate remarks about their bodies and pursuing a romantic interest in them. Two reporters who have covered the team said the same on the record.
Santos was the man responsible for evaluating free agents at the pro level and targeting trade prospects around the league. He had a knack for bringing in quality free agents early in seasons after injuries hit at weak spots.
Will Blackmon is an example from the 2015 NFL East title team that made the playoffs. Blackmon signed after Week 2 and tied for the team lead in interceptions and linebacker Mason Foster in Week 4, who quickly became a starter. Santos was a pro scout for Washington from 2009 to 2013. He was hired as a pro personnel assistant in 2006.
The head of Washington’s media enterprises. Michael, a native Washingtonian and University of Maryland graduate, announced his abrupt retirement on Wednesday. One day later he was prominently featured in the Post’s story.
Seven employees said Michael “discussed the physical appearance of female colleagues” and once openly commented on the physical appearance of a college intern during training camp in Richmond.
Michael rose from pre and post-game host to become Washington's radio play-by-play broadcaster in 2004 with legendary sidekicks Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff. He became an executive with the team as senior vice president of content and the prominent face on its television program, among other duties. He said in a statement Wednesday to ESPN that he was retiring just one day before the Post story landed. Michael had been with Washington for 16 years.
Richard Mann II
Fired last week along with his boss, Santos. Mann, the Post reported, exchanged inappropriate text messages with two female colleagues and the paper posted some of those texts.
Mann spent 10 seasons with Washington. He worked his way from pro scout for seven seasons to assistant director of pro personnel the past three. Mann has a wife, a son and a daughter, according to a biography on Washington’s website that has since been deleted
Mann broke into the NFL front-office ranks under former Redskins team president Bruce Allen and head coach Jon Gruden with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2007 and spent three years there. His father, Richard Mann, was a wide receivers coach in the NFL for 33 years with eight different organizations. Richard Mann, Sr. coached in Tampa Bay from 2002 to 2009 when his tenure overlapped with his son's time.
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