15 women with Wash. allege harassment
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.