Attorneys general threaten to probe NFL for ‘open misogyny’

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On Wednesday, six Condition Attorneys General wrote and released a joint letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Threaten to investigate the league‘s workplace culture for being discriminatory and “openly hostile to women”. Based on allegations made against the league by over thirty former employees in February New York Times reportthe AGs called the current NFL work environment “completely unacceptable and potentially unlawful.”

The letter signed by Democratic Attorneys General Letitia James of New York, Kwame Raoul of Illinois, Maura Healey of Massachusetts, Ellen Rosenblum of Oregon, Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Bob Ferguson of Washington State urged, “The NFL needs to do better — pink jerseys are no substitute for equality.” and full inclusion of women in the workplace.”

The AGs, in particular, provoked the NFL’s tenuous response to Ray Rice’s 2014 assault on his fiancé. After promising to take domestic violence and gender-based violence seriously, the NFL had (unlawfully according to the AGs) tricked female employees into watching Rice’s video multiple times, while some colleagues noted that “the victim committed the violence against themselves has brought”. After the NFL initiated sensitivity training sessions on the issue, female employees said they were asked to raise their hands if they or anyone they knew was a victim of domestic violence.

The letter also makes general reference to other issues of sexual harassment, These include unwanted touching by male managers, the presence of hired “prostitutes” at company parties, and retaliation for speaking out about discriminatory company practices. Even more shocking, some women who spoke out later learned that there was no record of their complaints, according to the letter. “In New York, where the NFL is headquartered, the Attorney General’s Office has never hesitated to take action to protect employees from sexual harassment and abuse,” the AGs write.

This is another domino falling into one long line of public relations disasters for the NFL this year as they have consistently maintained that the league is indeed a safe place for women. After anonymous allegations emerged from women formerly employed by the Washington Football Team, players claimed they flogged their penises and jokingly asked them to have sex In the middle of the workplace (among a host of other horrifying allegations of sexual harassment and assault) six former employees of the team pleaded her case before the House Oversight Committee chaired by Carolyn B. Maloney. Brian Flores, the former head coach of the Miami Dolphins who was fired after last season ended and was one of the few black coaches in the league, filed a class action lawsuit alleging racial discrimination against the NFL and called the league a multi-billion dollar “plantation”.

Meanwhile, the NFL laid out a fluffy Documentaries hosted by Ciara, about women in the NFL breaking glass ceilings. It was convincing to about nobody. As the AGs said: Just doh better

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Andrew Schnitker

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