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Former WFT employees pressure NFL owners

By Ben Fischer
Coburn and another former WFT employee brought a letter to the league’s social justice working groupBEN FISCHER

NEW YORK -- Two former Washington Football Team employees arrived at the NFL owners’ meeting today in hopes of pressuring the league to make public its investigation into workplace sexual harassment and team Owner Daniel Snyder’s role in the toxic culture. Melanie Coburn, a former cheerleader and marketing director, and Ana Nunez, a former suite service associate and premium account executive, brought a letter to the league’s social justice working group: Saints Owner Gayle Benson, Browns co-Owner Jimmy Haslam, Cardinals Owner Michael Bidwill, Falcons Owner Arthur Blank and Jaguars Owner Shad Khan. The other 27 owners were copied.

The former employees dropped the letter off with hotel reception and took questions from at least two dozen reporters in the lobby. “The NFL should not be allowed to encourage employees to come forward at great personal and professional risk to speak to investigators, only to sweep the results of that investigation under the rug,” reads the letter.

The NFL has said attorney Beth Wilkinson did not produce a written report, only releasing a summary of findings in July. The former employees say emails and interview notes would show in much greater detail a culture of abuse and toxicity, and prove that it could not have flourished without Snyder’s direct involvement. “It shows sexual harassment, sexual assault, mistreatment of women and a lot of intimidation, and it the big boys club that was and is the Washington Football Team,” Coburn said. Snyder is not at the meeting. The team was represented by his wife, Tanya Snyder, and team President Jason Wright.

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