Ron Rivera took over the top job with the Washington football team in January, and in the six months since his hiring, has had to deal with more bad news than any coach could possibly expect.
It began with COVID-19, which every NFL coach had to deal with, but then came the resparked controversy surrounding the team's retired Redskins name. This week came the worst situation of all when a Washington Post report accused former members of the organization of sexual harrassment and verbal abuse against 15 different women over a 13-year time span.
The allegations are serious and troubling, and led many to wonder if Rivera wishes he never accepted the Washington job at all.
“No regrets,” Rivera said via The Charlotte Observer. “I look forward to the challenge of improving a 3-13 team. I want to build a sustainable winning culture, in every facet.”
Rivera also made clear he had no idea about the toxic behavior towards women that seemed pervasive prior to his hiring.
"I had no idea about this stuff," he said.
In a statement released after the Post story broke, Rivera made clear he intends to change the Washington culture from top to bottom.
“Biggest thing is that we have to move forward from this and make sure everybody understands we have policies that we will follow and that we have an open door policy with no retribution,” Rivera texted. “Plus my daughter works for the team and I sure as hell am not going to allow any of this!”
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