The National Football League is under pressure to publish a report on its investigation into alleged sexual harassment of employees.
The former employees of the Washington Football Team (WFT) sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to make the findings of the league’s investigative reports public. They were joined by the Time’s Up Foundation and other activists against sexual harassment in the workplace.
In the letter at Goodell, signatories called for full accountability and transparency over the investigation report.
“Moving forward takes a tremendous amount of strength and courage, especially when the abuser is in a position of power,” said Tina Tchen, President and CEO of the Time’s Up Foundation. “Time’s Up stands in solidarity with all who have come forward to detail decades of pervasive harassment and abuse at Washington Football Club, and we join them in demanding accountability and justice.
The NFL said it would share the report with outside sources, but did not say if it meant full public disclosure. The league has released previous inquiries to the public, including its Deflategate investigating the alleged fraud by the New England Patriots and the treatment of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for abuse by his then-girlfriend, later his wife.
The letter released today called for the same level of transparency and accountability following this most recent investigation.
About 20 former employees and individuals of the Washington football team, Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, have actively called for the report to be made public.