The NFL is stepping in to look deeper into allegations of workplace problems within one of its member clubs.
The league informed Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder it is taking over the investigation into alleged workplace issues reported by The Washington Post, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Monday. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke with Snyder on Monday and the owner was supportive of the step, Rapoport added.
Snyder hired Beth Wilkinson of District of Columbia law firm Wilkinson Walsh LLP to review the organization's culture, policies and allegations of workplace misconduct after The Washington Post published a report July 15 detailing allegations of sexual harassment from 15 female former employees. On Wednesday, The Post published a second story detailing additional allegations of workplace sexual harassment inside the Washington Football Team organization.
Garafolo reported Wilkinson and her team will still conduct the investigation, but they will now report to Goodell and the NFL.
Daniel and Tanya Snyder later released a statement obtained by Rapoport:
"Recently, The Washington Football Team launched an independent third-party investigation into allegations about our culture and incidents of harassment. In conversations with Commissioner Goodell, Tanya and I suggested that the NFL assume full oversight of the investigation so that the results are thorough, complete and trusted by the fans, the players, our employees and the public. I appreciate Commissioner Goodell agreeing to our suggestion and the entire Washington Football Team remains committed to fully cooperating with all aspects of the investigation."