15 women with Wash. al­lege ha­rass­ment

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - Sun-Times wires

Fif­teen fe­male for­mer em­ploy­ees of Wash­ing­ton’s NFL team told the Wash­ing­ton Post that they were sex­u­ally ha­rassed while work­ing for the club, ac­cord­ing to a re­port pub­lished Thurs­day.

The al­le­ga­tions span from 2006 to 2019 and range from in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­marks about fe­male em­ploy­ees’ bod­ies or cloth­ing to in­stances of ver­bal abuse.

Sev­eral of the al­le­ga­tions out­lined by the news­pa­per in­volve men who oc­cu­pied prom­i­nent roles in the or­ga­ni­za­tion, three of whom left in the last week.

Alex San­tos and Richard Mann II, long­time mem­bers of the team’s per­son­nel depart­ment, were fired over the week­end, ac­cord­ing to mul­ti­ple re­ports. Larry Michael, the team’s long­time ra­dio voice, abruptly an­nounced his re­tire­ment Wed­nes­day af­ter 16 sea­sons with the club.

The fran­chise re­tained D.C. law firm Wilkinson Walsh to re­view the mat­ter, ac­cord­ing to at­tor­ney Beth Wilkinson. She con­firmed in an email to USA To­day Sports that her firm will be re­view­ing “the team’s cul­ture, poli­cies and al­le­ga­tions of work­place mis­con­duct.”

The Post also de­tails al­le­ga­tions against San­tos from two fe­male re­porters, Rhi­an­non Walker of The Ath­letic and Nora Prin­ciotti, who now works for The Ringer but pre­vi­ously cov­ered the team for The Wash­ing­ton Times.

Team owner Dan Sny­der was not di­rectly im­pli­cated with any wrong­do­ing in the re­port. How­ever, many of those in­ter­viewed ex­pressed skep­ti­cism that he was un­aware of in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­ior while also cit­ing the team’s lack of a ro­bust hu­man-re­sources depart­ment as an is­sue.

Pa­trick, Rodgers break up

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port from E! News, Dan­ica Pa­trick’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives con­firmed that she and Pack­ers quar­ter­back Aaron Rodgers have bro­ken up af­ter twoplus years together. They started dat­ing in 2017.

The in­ter­net had spec­u­lated about the re­la­tion­ship in the last week as fans no­ticed that Pa­trick had un­fol­lowed Rodgers on In­sta­gram. And de­spite keep­ing an ac­tive so­cial-me­dia pres­ence, Pa­trick had not in­cluded Rodgers in a post since April.

When Rodgers ar­rived to com­pete at a celebrity golf tour­na­ment in Ta­hoe last week­end with­out Pa­trick — who had ac­com­pa­nied him in pre­vi­ous years — spec­u­la­tion only grew.

Union: 72 play­ers pos­i­tive

The NFL Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion re­vealed on its web­site that 72 play­ers in the league tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus as of July 10. None were named specif­i­cally, nor was it ap­par­ent how many play­ers in a league with nearly 3,000 of them have been screened.


Owner Dan Sny­der was not di­rectly im­pli­cated, but many be­lieve he was aware of the sit­u­a­tion.

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