Fifteen women who formerly worked for the Washington Redskins allege they were sexually harassed and verbally abused by team employees during their time with the organization, according to a report published Thursday by The Washington Post.
The Post’s reporting states that the allegations of “relentless sexual harassment and verbal abuse” were ignored and even “condoned” by the team’s top executives. The team hired a law firm, Beth Wilkinson of Wilkinson Walsh LLP, to conduct a review of the organization’s culture, policies and allegations of misconduct.
Within the past week, three members of the front office have left the organization. Director of player personnel Alex Santos, assistant Richard Mann II and longtime broadcaster and senior vice president Larry Michael are no longer with the team. Michael announced Wednesday he was retiring after 16 years.
Also Wednesday, the team promoted Jeff Scott to assistant director of pro scouting and advance coordinator to replace Mann.
Santos, Mann, Michael and former business executives Dennis Greene and Mitch Gershman were mentioned in the Post story.
The report even mentions the team’s training camp in Richmond, saying that several women told the Post that it “was a hotbed of improper activity.”
“Some encouraged younger female staffers to avoid the Tobacco Company, a bar and restaurant in a stately brick building frequented by team officials,” the report states.
Washington is in the midst of several months of significant change. President Bruce Allen was fired at the end of the 2019 season, coach Ron Rivera was hired on New Year’s Day and given control of football operations and the team this week announced it’s dumping the name “Redskins” after 87 years.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.