Former WFT cheerleaders are calling on the NFL to launch the complete outcomes of its investigation into the group’s office tradition — following allegations that inappropriate images of squad members had been secretly distributed by coaches through e mail.
The alleged images had been found in emails reported by the New York Times Monday, which uncovered Raiders head coach Jon Gruden for utilizing racist, homophobic and misogynistic language. Gruden resigned from his place Monday.
According to WFT cheerleaders, who spoke with the Daily Beast Tuesday, emails displaying photos of topless cheerleaders from a previous swimsuit photoshoot video had been allegedly handed round by Gruden to then-WFT common supervisor Bruce Allen.
Gruden, on the time, was a colour commentator for ESPN, and Allen had employed Gruden’s brother Jay to teach the group.
In the 10-minute video, first reported by the Washington Post in 2020, WFT staffers had been allegedly instructed to take behind-the-scenes content material on the swimsuit photoshoot, to bundle and create a video that includes solely “the good bits” — reportedly of naked nipples and pubic areas whereas cheerleaders had been altering garments or transferring round. According to the outlet, the video was shared with WFT group proprietor Daniel Snyder, who later denied the allegations.
At the time, numerous cheerleaders got here ahead with complaints of inappropriate conduct — and hit the franchise with lawsuits alleging a secret, uncensored video taken at a cheerleader photoshoot was distributed to group executives. The lawsuits had been settled out of court docket.
The NFL’s investigation into the WFT’s tradition and office initially concluded in July, leading to a $10 million positive in opposition to the group. It was reopened this summer time to evaluate a number of the 650,000 emails concerned within the evaluate — and that’s when the pictures got here to mild as a part of the accusation that took down Gruden.
Melanie Coburn, a four-year WFT cheerleader and the squad’s advertising and marketing director for 10 years, created a petition Friday, aimed on the NFL and WFT to “do the right thing for women” and “make Washingtons sexual misconduct investigation public.”
“It’s despicable, really, to see that there is more evidence of exploitation and violation of these cheerleaders who I worked very closely with,” Coburn advised the Daily Beast, including, “I know that there’s a lot more where these emails came from.”
On Tuesday, attorneys for 40 former WFT staff launched an announcement, calling for the NFL to launch the complete findings of its investigation.
Candass Correll, a WFT cheerleader from 2016 till 2021, advised the Daily Beast that cheerleaders nonetheless haven’t seen the investigation report or its outcomes regardless of being “the actual victims” of the scenario.
“If it wasn’t for [the New York Times article,] we would’ve never known that those pictures were going through the mail servers between these two really important people in the NFL,” she stated.
Lacy Thibodeaux-Fields, a former cheerleader for the Raiders, stated the most recent e mail scandal involving Gruden was additional proof of a “misogynistic, racist, very sexist culture.”
She too known as for the discharge of the complete investigation report.