The NFL owners are in New York City this week for the annual owners meetings, and there has been no shortage of drama accompanying the event. From the upcoming trade deadline and Deshaun Watson’s status, to the resignation of Jon Gruden and the Washington Football Team investigation, the owners and other league officials have had a lot to digest during these meetings.
As for Commissioner Roger Goodell, once the meetings were over on Tuesday, he had to step in front of the media and answer several more questions regarding these issues. One of the biggest talking points has been the NFL’s findings from their investigation into the Washington Football Team’s inappropriate workplace conduct — and the emails from within the organization that eventually took down Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, but only after they were leaked by the New York Times.
The NFL has been pressured by victims, fans, the media and even congress to release the findings from their investigation into Dan Snyder’s organization, but they have yet to do so. On Tuesday, on reporter asked Goodell why that is. Here’s what the Commissioner had to say:
Goodell’s claim is that the NFL has dealt with the issue, and they’re choosing not to disclose any further information in an effort to protect the anonymity of those who came forward. However, that statement has been largely contradicted by the actions of two former Washington Football Team employees, who showed up at yesterday’s meetings with letters they had sent the league asking that the investigation’s findings be made public.
Roger also said he feels like Dan Snyder has already been “held accountable,” and that he believes the club has taken the appropriate steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
I’m sure there are plenty out there who have taken issue with just about everything Goodell had to say during his press conference. But absolutely no one should be surprised by the NFL’s decision to protect their brand above all else.