NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell doesn’t trust the Washington Commanders organization to complete a thorough investigation of itself. Amid a lawsuit over allegations of racist hiring practices, the last thing Goodell needs is more bad PR. In light of another round of accusations of workplace misconduct against the franchise, Goodell is taking the reigns. There will be no more internal investigations.
Commanders owner Dan Snyder has been accused by former cheerleader Tiffani Johnston of inappropriately touching her during a team dinner. The franchise has had several similar accusations made as of late. Washington announced that they would launch an investigation into the matter on their own.
Johnston, through her attorney, said that wasn’t good enough. The team was accused of using the investigation as a publicity stunt. Goodell said the league would be taking over at a Wednesday news conference ahead of Super Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals.
“I think we treat that very seriously, and we need to look into that. We’ll obviously do an investigation. We’ve said that from Day 1, that we will look into this and do an investigation. We need to understand what really, truly happened in those circumstances, and treat that in the best and most serious way we can to make sure we preserve the type of culture we want in the NFL.[An investigation is] something that we would do. We would do it with an outside expert that would be able to help us come to the conclusion of what the facts were and what really, truly happened, so that we can make the right decision from there.”
The NFL commissioner is taking the matter incredibly seriously. Tiffani Johnston just wants the league to get to the bottom of things. Dan Snyder could be in increasingly hot water as the NFL uncovers what happened within the organization.
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