TFG Podcast: WFT Investigation Rages On
This week Melissa welcomes The Athletic’s Senior NFL Writer Lindsay Jones to talk about what’s next in the Washington Football Team workplace harassment investigation the league so desperately hopes will disappear.
(4:10): Lindsay talks about the scene as the Raiders took the field for the first time post-Jon Gruden. While their inspired play was a feel-good story, the Raiders and the league shouldn’t get to just move on from a story with so many unanswered questions including the depths of harassment inside the Washington Football Team, she says.
Lindsay’s viewpoints have been corroborated by many including both the former WFT cheerleaders and employees who want to see the results of the NFL’s investigation which resulted in a $10 million fine for Dan Snyder but no information on their findings. Congress added to the pile this week. The House’s Committee on Oversight and Reform is demanding the league turn over documents related to the investigation by November 4th.
“The NFL has one of the most prominent platforms in America, and its decisions can have national implications,” the committee chairs Carolyn Maroney (D-N.Y.) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) wrote. “The NFL’s lack of transparency about the problems it recently uncovered raise questions about the seriousness with which it has addressed bigotry, racism, sexism, and homophobia — setting troubling precedent for other workplaces. The Committee is seeking to fully understand this workplace conduct and the league’s response, which will help inform legislative efforts to address toxic work environments and workplace investigation processes; strengthen protections for women in the workplace; and address the use of non-disclosure agreements to prevent the disclosure of unlawful employment practices, including sexual harassment. We hope and trust that the NFL shares the Committee’s goal of protecting American workers from harassment and discrimination.”
(31:06): Lindsay tries to make sense an AFC that doesn’t boast an obvious front runner. She also examines how long the Arizona Cardinals can stay undefeated. Plus, a trade deadline preview and an apology to her 5-year old daughter, Lena, for dissuading her from picking the Titans over the Bills.
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