The National Football League will not release its complete findings from its investigation into the toxic work environment of the Washington Football Team, Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a press conference Tuesday night, denying calls from former Washington employees.
Two former Washington employees hand delivered a letter signed by 12 former employees Tuesday pleading for the NFL to release full findings from its inquiry.
The investigation detailed widespread sexual harassment condoned by executives of the team and resulted in a $10 million fine for Washington owner Daniel Snyder and organizational restructuring, and Goodell made it clear Tuesday he feels Snyder and the organization have been held accountable.
Goodell said regarding the decision to keep the inquiry’s findings private, “We feel that this is the appropriate way to do it, we summarized the findings [of the investigation] and made it very clear that the workplace environment of the Washington Football Team was not what we expected and held them accountable for that…. We think protecting the people that helped us get to that place [is the priority], and people who unfortunately had to live through that experience, that we respect them and make sure that we protect them.”
Though the NFL announced the outcome of the investigation in July, there has been fresh public interest in the case after reporting from the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times unearthed disturbing content in emails from a Washington executive. Last week, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform asked that the NFL turn over all communications and documents from the inquiry to Congress, a request to which Goodell said Tuesday night the league will respond “appropriately.”