Dan Snyder writes staff letter with no apology to women who were victim to sexual harassment.
Washington’s owner Dan Snyder sends vague staff letter in wake of sexual harassment allegations against the organization.
The Washington Post broke the news Thursday where 15 women spoke out against Washington’s misconduct and sexual harassment. Head coach Ron Rivera has spoke out against the toxic culture in Washington. However, a joint letter sent to the staff on behalf of Dan and his wife, Tanya Snyder, sends troubling messages to the organization.
“We are sad and disappointed, as you are all, after reading the story in The Washington Post yesterday. On behalf of the organization, we want to apologize to each of you and to everyone affected by this situation,” the Snyder’s wrote in their letter.
Rather than attempt to address the situation, the letter states they were caught off guard by some of the misconduct claims.
“The actions in the story have no place in our franchise or in society. As you may be aware, when the past issues outlined in the article were initially brought to our attention, they were addressed at the time. However, some of these issues were brought forth only in the last few days and we have subsequently made changes and addressed them as well,” the Snyders added.
After vaguely sweeping past allegations, the Snyders avoid providing a direct apology to the victims.
“Clearly, there is work to be done to build a better organizational culture. We need to get better and the time is now,” the statement read. “To create the culture we all want, we need your help. We want you to be a part of this process. As we go forward, you will hear more from our leadership team in the near future about this action plan.”
The letter closes saying it has been a difficult offseason for the organization. Be it the franchise reluctantly decided to retire its offensive nickname to Native Americans and are struggling to provide a proper apology to the women who shared experiences of being sexually harassed in their workplace. The organization awaits consequences that the NFL promises to provide at the conclusion of the allegations investigation.
”We are committed to ensuring this organization is one that promises a high standard of personal conduct while also representing the values of inclusiveness, respect and diversity,” the Snyders closed their letter.
With suggestions that Dan should be forced to sell the team due to its dysfunctional organization, this letter addressed by the Snyders further shows new ownership is needed in Washington.