National Football League (NFL) cheerleaders have demanded that the organization bring out a full report on workplace culture, after their coaches were accused of secretly releasing nude photos of them by email.
Former ESPN commentator John Gruden’s name has surfaced in emails for allegedly sending inappropriate photos of cheerleaders to Bruce Allen, then general manager of the Washington football team, and several men. the new York Times Claimed.
The records of both teams – the Washington football team and the Raiders – have been tainted. The former is accused of distributing a covert and uncensored video from a cheerleader photoshoot, while the latter allegedly failed to pay them minimum wage.
In a statement released via the Las Vegas Raiders’ Twitter account, the former head coach issued an apology and said he was stepping down to avoid distraction following racist and homophobic comments in some of his previous emails.
“I have resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. I love the Raiders and don’t want to be distracted. Thank you to all Raider Nation players, coaches, staff, and fans. I’m sorry, I never meant anyone. Not meant to hurt,” the tweet said.
League commissioner Roger Goodell last year ordered an investigation into the workplace culture at the Washington football team. Mr Gruden’s emails, some of a total of 650,000 under investigation, were reportedly filled with racist, misogynistic and homophobic remarks.
As a result, the Washington football team was fined $10 million. The investigation was reopened this year for review emails described by a spokesperson as “horrendous, disgusting and completely contrary” to the value of the league.
The report was not released to the public or to the women who complained. He had to find out the incident four months later through media reports. report goodEd The Daily Beast.
The former cheerleaders said the revelations scared them but they weren’t surprised.
It is disgusting, said Washington football team cheerleader Melanie Coburn, to find that there is so much evidence of “the exploitation and abuse of these cheerleaders” with whom she has worked very closely.
He said several cheerleaders had signed non-disclosure agreements as part of their pact.
“They’re coming out now thinking, ‘What’s the matter, it’s more than just these two videos.’ I can only imagine how they feel, and they have no voice,” Ms Colburn told The Daily Beast.
Another ex-cheerleader, Lacey Thibodaux-Fields, said the email controversy showed further evidence of the NFL’s “misogynistic, racist and very sexist culture.”
a petitionCoburn, launched by Ms Coburn in February this year, has sought to publicly disclose the report and as of Wednesday it had close to 40,000 signatures.
“The NFL must do the right thing and make WFT’s sexual misconduct investigation public and hold Dan Snyder (WFT owner) accountable for his history of serial sexual assault within his organization,” the petition said.
Granthshala Raiders has been reached out for comment regarding the allegations leveled against Mr. Gruden in relation to his involvement in sending inappropriate photos of the cheerleaders by mail.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / National Football League