The Washington football team is under official review, as the franchise hired attorney Beth Wilkinson to look into the organization’s protocols and culture.
A total of 15 former Redskins employees told Will Hobson and Liz Clarke of The Washington Post that they were sexually harassed during their time with the organization. The team’s training camp in Richmond was called a “hotbed of improper activity,” according to several women who spoke with the pair of reporters. Emily Applegate, who was the only woman who did not remain anonymous, said that her one year with the team was the “most miserable experience” of her life.
Ron Rivera, who was hired to coach the team this offseason, said he’s with the organization to create a new culture.
“Biggest thing is 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 said (via Ben Standig of TheAthletic.com). “Plus my daughter works for the team and I sure as hell am not going to allow any of this!
“Dan Snyder brought me here to change culture and create an environment of inclusion among employees. I believe everyone that works for this franchise has a vested interest in our success.”
Senior vice president of content and voice of the team Larry Michael, former director of pro personnel Alex Santos, former assistant director Richard Mann II, former president of business operations Dennis Greene, and former COO Mitch Gershman are being accused of various wrongdoing. All of these are no longer with the club.
“We’re trying to create a new culture here,” Rivera said in the Washington Post piece. “We’re hoping to get people to understand that they need to judge us on where we are and where we’re going, as opposed to where we’ve been.”