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Sport To get WFT emails, pressure is being placed on NFL sponsors

06:01  14 october  2021
06:01  14 october  2021 Source:   msn.com

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The NFL does not plan to reopen its investigation into the Washington Football Team and does not intend to publicly release any written materials related to the investigation conducted by attorney Beth Wilkinson, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday, despite calls for more transparency. Additionally, former WFT president Bruce Allen won't face any "immediate formal discipline" from the league but is not expected to ever be hired by another franchise. He has been out of the league since being fired by WFT owner Daniel Snyder in 2019. The NFL fined Snyder million after seeing the

An NFL spokesperson told Jones that the league has “no current plans” to release the emails because “confidentiality was an element of the investigation into the Washington Football Team and workplace review.” But why did the Gruden emails get out? The confidentiality already has failed, via the leaks to both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times . It’s a little too late to cite confidentiality, after the NFL already deliberately waived it when handing specific emails to two major media outlets.

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Last year, pressure from sponsors prompted Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder to abandon his all-caps NEVER refusal to change the team name. Now, sponsors of the league are being asked to pressure the NFL to release the emails obtained through the recent workplace investigation.

A letter from various former employees of the organization to the chief executives of Verizon, Anheuser-Busch, Amazon, Pepsi, Nike, and Proctor & Gamble urges these companies to demand that the NFL reveal the results of an investigation into “one of the biggest scandals of the #MeToo era.”

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The NFL managed in July to bury the entirety of the Washington Football Team investigation, with hardly a question asked about it. Now, with a portion of the documents harvested by the WFT investigation becoming weaponized for the purposes of taking out Raiders coach Jon Gruden, many Beyond those who sent emails to Bruce Allen, every employee with a team-issued email account (coaches, assistant, executives, etc.) over the duration of the investigation could be the next one to be targeted for termination or forced resignation. Whether the league leaked the information to the media

In July, the NFL managed to conclude the Washington Football Team investigation and to conceal the specific results of it. Now, many have begun pushing for transparency in the WFT situation. The events surrounding the resignation of Raiders coach Jon Gruden, sparked by the selective leaking of emails he sent to former Washington president Bruce Allen, have sparked a growing outcry for more (any) transparency on the question of the WFT investigation. The NFL Players Association has joined in that chorus.

The letter specifically cites the recent resignation of Raiders coach Jon Gruden, fueled by the release of selected emails from the WFT investigation, as the basis for releasing more of the documents, specifically as it relates to Snyder.


Video: Gruden emails open up more questions about WFT (Yahoo! Sports)

“We do not understand why the NFL seems intent on protecting Dan Snyder and the WFT at all costs,” the letter explains.

“That is why we call on you,” the letter continues. “While the NFL has refused to heed the calls for transparency and accountability from former WFT employees, advocacy groups, lawyers, or the media, it will have to heed such a call from its corporate sponsors. If the League has shown us anything, it is that money, and only money, talks.”

Indeed it does. And if the sponsors become motivated to speak out — as they should — that could break the dam at a time when nothing else will.

To get WFT emails, pressure is being placed on NFL sponsors originally appeared on Pro Football Talk

Report: NFL's Top Lawyer Had Close Relationship With Ex-WFT President Bruce Allen .
Emails between Pash and Allen reportedly ranged from discussing the cheerleading scandal and penalties to lowering player salaries and racial and political diversity. Jeff Pash, the longtime general counsel of the NFL and advisor to commissioner Roger Goodell, is the latest under scrutiny following the 650,000 emails the league investigated that resulted in ex-Raiders coach Jon Gruden's resignation. The lawyer was a participant in email threads with former Washington Football Team president, Bruce Allen, whose correspondence was under investigation.

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