NFLPA to petition NFL to release emails from Washington Football Team probe
The NFLPA plans to petition the NFL to release the findings of its workplace misconduct investigation into the Washington Football Team, the union announced Tuesday.
Leaked emails from the investigation into the NFC East franchise revealed Jon Gruden used racist, homophobic, and sexist remarks, leading to the Las Vegas Raiders head coach resigning from his position.
"We have had communications with the league, and the NFLPA plans to request that the NFL release the rest of the emails," said NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith Tuesday, according Mike Jones of USA Today Sports.
The emails that spanned from 2011 to 2018 also revealed that former Washington team president Bruce Allen sent Gruden pictures of undressed cheerleaders.
An NFL spokesman said the league doesn't currently plan to release the emails because confidentiality is integral to the Washington probe and workplace review, according to USA Today.
The league says there wasn't a written report of the findings in an attempt to ensure privacy. However, the NFL does possess 650,000 emails, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Washington owner Dan Snyder initially ordered the inquiry before the league took over the investigation. The owner was given a $10-million fine, and he turned over day-to-day operations of the team to his wife, Tanya, following a 10-month long independent investigation into Snyder and the franchise's workplace culture.
The case began after 40 former female employees complained of constant sexual harassment and a toxic work environment.
Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, the attorneys representing the women who filed complaints, reiterated their request for the league to release its findings.
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