Washington Football

Washington Football

Among the many next steps that will come after the Thursday story that exposed years of sexual misconduct in Washington's NFL organization is for a review to take place of how that kind of environment became normal.

Beth Wilkinson, a powerful DC attorney, was hired by the franchise to "conduct a deep dive" into its culture, and the league has already promised to take action at the conclusion of her investigation if necessary.

Yet some are already wondering just how deep of a dive she'll be able to take and what kind of conclusions will come from her investigation.

From ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio:

Outside counsel always has a duty to outside counsel’s client. Here, outside counsel’s client is Washington. More specifically, the client is Snyder. Outside counsel undoubtedly will not make findings that include, for example, placing significant blame on Snyder for creating, tolerating, encouraging, and/or failing to rectify a toxic culture that resulted in these allegations.


Florio went on to point out that this was not how past scandals, such as New England's DeflateGate and New Orleans' Bountygate, were handled. Those teams didn't get to handpick their own lawyers. So, why is Washington getting that privilege?


Florio isn't alone in this opinion, either. On ESPN's Get Up show on Friday morning, ex-player and NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth explained that he would be far more comfortable if an independent party was allowed to lead the probe into Washington's past.

Then, later in the program, former Washington Post reporter Jason Reid said that the NFL needs to launch its own look if the public is to have any confidence that there will be consequences.

There doesn't seem to be an answer as of yet as to why Dan Snyder's team is being allowed to proceed in this manner. Until one emerges, however, expect plenty more questions about it.