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NFLPA to petition release of WFT investigation emails

The NFLPA intends to petition the NFL to release emails connected to a probe into reports of misconduct at the Washington Football Team workplace.

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NFLPA to petition release of WFT investigation emails
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The NFL Players Association plans to request the release of the results of an NFL investigation into the Washington Football Team that was launched after dozens of former female employees complained of sexual harassment and a toxic workplace environment within the organization.

The NFL had reviewed 650,000 emails as part of its investigation, some of which were recently leaked, revealing that Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden had used racist, sexist, and homophobic language in many instances.

Leaked emails lead to Gruden's resignation

Gruden abruptly resigned from his post after the messages he sent over a seven-year period to then-president of the Washington Football Team Bruce Allen and others were exposed. Included in the exchanges were topless photos of Washington cheerleaders that Allen sent to the former coach.

The NFLPA is now requesting that the other correspondence be made available as well, after discovering the wide range of offensive comments made by Gruden which offered some insight into sexual misconduct within the Washington team.

According to a report by Mike Jones of USA Today, the players’ union and NFL officials have talked about the matter.

“We have had communications with the league, and the NFLPA plans to request that the NFL release the rest of the emails,” said NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, per Jones.

NFL won't release the rest of emails due to confidentiality

According to USA Today, the NFL does not intend to make the exchanges public because the review of the Washington Football Team work environment was classified.

However, the leak of the messages from Gruden calls into question the confidentiality of the emails.

Lawyers for ex-WFT employees say that the investigation findings must be made public, and that Gruden was not the only person who should be held accountable for his actions.

The league completed the independent inquiry into Washington owner Daniel Snyder and the organization’s working conditions in July, after which the team was ordered to pay a fine of $10 million.