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Following Thursday's The Washington Post story, which accused former Washington football team executives of sexual harassment, team owner Dan Snyder released a statement on Friday.

"The behavior described in yesterday's Washington Post article has no place in our franchise or society," the statement said. "This story has strengthened my commitment to setting a new culture and standard for our team, a process that began with the hiring of Coach Rivera earlier this year."

The report from The Washington Post named the longtime team broadcaster Larry Michael and personnel executives Richard Mann II and Alex Santos, as well as former business executives Dennis Greene and Mitch Gershman, as former members of the organization who sexually harassed female employees. Mann II and Santos were fired last week, while Michael announced his retirement on Wednesday.

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On Thursday, the team announced that it had hired attorney Beth Wilkinson to conduct a review of the past culture within the organization. The NFL has also released a statement saying it will play a role in the investigation and take action if needed once it has concluded.

 

Skepticism has already begun to surface in regards to the investigation. Some have already questioned why Washington was allowed to pick its own law firm when the league has typically done so in the past during scandals like those involving the Patriots and Saints.

"Beth Wilkinson and her firm are empowered to do a full, unbiased investigation and make any and all requisite recommendations," Snyder said in the statement. "Upon completion of her work, we will institute new policies and procedures and strengthen our human resources infrastructure to not only avoid these issues in the future but most importantly create a team culture that is respectful and inclusive of all."

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As Snyder said in the statement, the team will be looking to new head coach Ron Rivera to lead Washington into a new era of football. Though change needs to come from the top-down, Rivera has made it clear that he will not stand for the dysfunction that took place before his arrival.

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