Former Washington football team cheerleaders are awaiting responses to the NFL scrutiny of the team’s workplace culture.
In an interview with USA Today, Lisa Banks, a lawyer with 40 former WFT employees, said Lisa Friel, the NFL’s special adviser on the investigation, refused to meet with former WFT employees.
“He sent me a letter, ‘Sorry, I’ll be in touch,'” the Bank said. “But no time and no time.”
Banks said the league had been waiting several weeks to respond to a request to meet with its customers.
On Tuesday, Banks called on the NFL to release its full findings. His statement came a day after the New York Times published emails revealing that Raiders coach John Gruden used racist, homophobic and misogynistic language. Gruden resigned later Monday.
The emails also contain inappropriate photos of partially naked women, including two WFT cheerleaders in a photo shoot in a swimsuit, the publication said.
According to USA Today, there is no written report on the NFL findings, which Friel said is related to the privacy of the participants.
Banks say the women have never asked for privacy and want to know why it was given.
“They all participated in this investigation in good faith and it was difficult for them to do so,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then [learn] what the results of the investigation were and what they want to do so they know it makes some sense. Nothing was enough for them.
“They never asked for a report, they never asked for help or protection, so it was a little confusing. They wanted to know why there was no written report, and what were the conclusions?”
Banks said Friel’s response came after two previous attempts to contact the league via email and hoped the meeting would be as the NFL has responded in the past.
Before emails and photos surfaced this week, WFT cheerleaders had previously complained about inappropriate behavior within the organization. A number of cheerleaders have claimed that a secret video without a script taken during the team’s photo shoot was leaked to team leaders. The lawsuits were settled in court, and the cheerleaders signed a non-disclosure agreement in December.
Now former WFT cheerleaders are demanding that the NFL and team announce the full results of the investigation in a petition filed by former WFT cheerleader and longtime Melanie Coburn.