In July, the league fined the team $10 million after an investigation found that the club’s work environment was “highly unprofessional”, especially for women.
The league’s investigation found that team owner Dan Snyder was responsible for the club’s unprofessional and intimidating culture.
Snyder was later replaced by his wife, Tanya Snyder, who took charge of day-to-day operations but a full written report was not issued by the league.
Instead, the NFL published a press release that included recommendations made by independent counsel Beth Wilkinson, who led the review.
Despite mounting pressure for the league to release more information, Goodell cited anonymity as the reason for withholding the full report.
“The findings were summary,” Goodell told reporters during a news conference on Tuesday.
“We had an independent attorney look at Beth (Wilkinson) and her team. They worked on it for about a year, and I think about 150 people were interviewed, and I think they did about six million documents. worked through.
“But one of the important things about getting a professional working in this field was making sure you had people who were willing to come forward, most of whom wanted to do so with security and privacy and anonymity. .
“It would be difficult for us to do that. And it not only affects the test you are going through, but it affects future investigations and its credibility.
“When you promise to protect that anonymity, to make sure we get the right information, you need to stand by that. So we’re very conscious of protecting those who come forward.”
‘just tell the truth’
His remarks came after two former employees of the Washington football team submitted a letter to NFL owners demanding the information be publicly released.
“We just want the truth. It’s their (Dan Snyder’s) culture. These are the people they hired. They let that happen in the organization. They encouraged it. That’s where they were.”
When pressed on the issue, Goodell told Granthshala’s Manno that he felt both Snyder and the club were appropriately held accountable.
“I think we hit an unprecedented fine. Dan Snyder hasn’t been with the organization for almost four months,” he said.
“We are obviously more focused on making sure that the policies, many of which were put in place prior to this investigation but also coming out of it, were put in place and will be maintained and we will Can be sure it will happen. In this organization.”
Granthshala’s Carolyn Manno, Jill Martin and Adam Renauart contributed reporting.
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