Fifteen former female employees of the Washington Redskins say they were sexually harassed and/or verbally abused during their time working for the team, Will Hobson and Liz Clarke of the Washington Post report.
The allegations run from 2006-19, spanning much of Dan Snyder’s tenure as team owner.
“It was the most miserable experience of my life,” Emily Applegate said, who worked for the team as a marketing coordinator in 2014 before she left in 2015. “And we all tolerated it, because we knew if we complained – and they reminded us of this – there were 1,000 people out there who would take our job in a heartbeat.”
The female employees say they were directed to wear revealing clothing and flirt with clients for business deals and that many were subjected to unwelcome sexual advances and comments.
Though Snyder and former president Bruce Allen were not accused of inappropriate behavior, some of the women believe the two knew of such behavior within their ranks.
“I would assume Bruce knew, because he sat 30 feet away from me … and saw me sobbing at my desk several times every week,” Applegate said.
Three Redskins employees abruptly left the team over the past week as the Post presented its findings to the club. Radio broadcaster Larry Michael – considered the “voice of the Redskins” – left the team and retired Wednesday, while director of pro personnel Alex Santos and assistant director of pro personnel Richard Mann II were fired.
Rhiannon Walker, a Redskins reporter for the Athletic, and Nora Princiotti, who reported on the team for the Washington Times, said they received unwanted advances from Santos. Walker said Santos approached her at an Indianapolis restaurant during the 2019 combine and asked if she would date him. She said he also pinched her hip.
“It felt like pretty much the worst thing in the world,” Walker said. “He didn’t care. He thought it was funny.”
Princiotti said Santos commented on her body and wardrobe on multiple occasions.
“He told me I had a great ass for a little white girl. The general sentiment was that I should wear less clothing,” Princiotti said.
Applegate and others said the Redskins human resources department was understaffed, with one full-time staffer responsible for more than 220 employees.
“With such a toxic, mood-driven environment, and the owner behaving like he does, how could anyone think these women would go to HR?” said Julia Payne, who worked as the team’s vice president of communications for a brief period in 2003.
Current Redskins head coach Ron Rivera said he’s working to change the culture throughout the franchise.
“Biggest thing is we have to move forward form this and make sure everybody understands we have policies that we will follow and that we have an open door policy with no retribution,” Rivera said, according to ESPN’s John Keim.
“Plus my daughter works for the team and I sure as hell am not going to allow any of this!”
Report: Rockets trade Westbrook for Wall – TSN
HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets have traded Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for John Wall and a future lottery-protected. first-round pick.
Both teams announced the trade Wednesday night.
The move ends Westbrook’s tenure in Houston after just one disappointing season. Westbrook was traded from Oklahoma City or Chris Paul and draft picks in July 2019.
The Rockets had hoped that the 32-year-old Westbrook would be the final piece they needed to win their first title since winning back-to-back championships in 1994-95. But instead were eliminated from the playoffs by the Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals.
Westbrook was the 2017 NBA MVP and is a nine-time All-Star.
Wall, the first overall pick in the 2010 draft, has spent his entire career in Washington. He’s a five-time All-Star.
AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich contributed to this report.
A beaming smile behind the mask says it all for Russell – F1i.com
George Russell broke out into a beaming smile that even his mask couldn’t hide when he tried out for size his Mercedes ride for next weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix.
Stepping up from perhaps the slowest car on the grid to F1’s fastest contender is a daunting task, but Russell will no doubt make the most of the unexpected but amazing opportunity to showcase his undisputable talent.
And who knows, this weekend’s one-off could be the harbinger of a full-time involvement with the mighty Mercedes team after 2021, a fantastic warm up of sorts for the 22-year-old charger.
Lakers make re-signings of LeBron James, Anthony Davis official – Sportsnet.ca
James’ deal was announced first, with the four-time MVP inking a two-year, $85 million contract through the 2022-23 season on Wednesday. The extension will take him into his age 39/40 season, and yet was a no-brainer for the Lakers, who are coming off a championship in which James was the Finals MVP.
“LeBron James is a transcendent basketball player, and human being,” said vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka in a press release. “LeBron put his trust in the Lakers in 2018, and now this contract extension paves the way for LeBron to further solidify his legacy as an all-time Lakers great. We could not be more honoured by this commitment.”
Davis, who was a free agent this off-season, signed his new deal with the Lakers only hours after James on Thursday morning, opting for a five-year contract worth up to $190 million. Many thought the 27-year-old would sign for two years with a player option for the third season, as that would have given him the most flexibility possible and allowed him to re-enter the market for his next deal having just met the criteria (10 years of service) to earn up to 35 per cent of the cap.
Instead, Davis took the largest contract he could in the present moment — a win for both sides, certainly, but one that also shows trust from Davis in the Lakers organization.
“In the Orlando bubble, Anthony Davis proved he is one of the game’s most complete and dominant two-way players,” Pelinka said of the big man. “Now, Lakers fans get to watch AD continue to grow and lead our franchise for years to come. This is truly a blessed moment for Lakers Nation.”
Both players, it seems, expect to play the rest of (or, at least, most of) their respective careers in purple and gold.
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