The Washington Post has published a new report Wednesday, putting forward further allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct that involve the Washington Football Team, and its owner Dan Snyder.
Among the allegations is that a video was created as a “special project for the owner” from the behind-the-scenes footage of a film shooting, where Washington cheerleaders accidentally exposed their breasts, in 2008.
In another allegation, Tiffany Bacon Scourby, a former Washington cheerleader, told the Post that Snyder asked her if she wanted to go to a hotel room with a friend of his so that they could “get to know each other better,” during a charity event in 2004.
Snyder has not commented yet on the Post’s article.
The Post released another story last month about similar claims from 15 former team employees and two female journalists, who accused the team’s ex-staff members of sexual harassment and verbal abuse at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, during the period of time when they were working for the club.
The women had stated that they were pressured into wearing revealing clothes and flirting with clients. They also claimed they were exposed to inappropriate remarks. All these incidents reportedly happened between 2006 and 2019.
The Post said interviewed over 40 former and current employees for July’s report, which prompted an internal investigation launched by the NFL team. DC-based law firm Wilkinson Walsh has been retained by the team to review the issue.
In July, DC’s NFL franchise dropped its controversial name “Washington Redskins,” and adopted “Washington Football Team” temporarily until it agrees on a new name. The move followed pressure from the public, politicians and NFL sponsors, including FedEx, Nike, PepsiCo and Bank of America, for the team to change its name that was considered offensive towards Native Americans.
The name “Redskins” had been publicly criticized for years, however, it caught even more attention after the nationwide racial justice protests in response to the police killing of George Floyd, an African American man, in Minneapolis.
“We’ll never change the name,” Snyder had been quoted as saying by the media regarding the problem in 2013. “It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.”