Pressure builds on NFL, Washington football team to release investigative report

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Pressure is mounting on the National Football League and the Washington football team to release the investigation report into its hostile workplace and culture of sexual harassment.

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The day after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he was reluctant to release the full report yet, Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis said he believed he should be published.

Davis joins a chorus calling on the NFL to release the report – including members of Congress, former team employees, whistleblowers and lawyers.

Goodell retorts that he wants to protect those who have come forward to help the investigation on condition of anonymity.

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Critics say the reasoning does not hold water.

A lawyer representing 40 former employees who took part in the investigation, Lisa Banks, said her clients wanted transparency, not protection.

She called Goodell’s statement “false”.

Banks released a statement on Wednesday disputing Goodell’s claims via Twitter.

In fact, some of the survey participants were awaiting a report on the findings.

“We didn’t know we had to ask Beth Wilkinson for a report to be produced. We assumed it would be something. We have 243 pages of ‘Deflate-gate.’ We don’t have any pages from our investigation that involved more than 150 people who came forward risking their lives, “said Megan Imbert, former employee of the Washington football team.

The NFL has issued similar reports in the past. The league published 243 pages of the results of its “Deflate-gate” investigation.

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Bob Mueller has released his report on the investigation of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice and the abuse and assault allegations.

Goodell said he believes owner Dan Snyder has been held accountable and has not been a part of the team’s activities.

But Ron Rivera told the team earlier this month that he speaks to Snyder once or twice a week.

Questions also remain regarding the role of Congress in the investigation. The House Oversight Committee issued a letter requesting more information, but it still has not received the documents.

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