All through the top of 2020 and into 2021, each the investigation into Washington’s office tradition and the N.F.L.’s mediation of the possession dispute proceeded extra quietly. In March, the N.F.L. tentatively approved an settlement during which Snyder could be allowed to tackle extra debt than the league historically permits with the intention to purchase out his three companions. It was an indication that the surface investigation, whereas not but full, would largely exonerate Snyder personally.
Three months later, in July, that was precisely what occurred. The N.F.L. finally resolved the yearlong investigation. The Washington Soccer Crew was ordered to pay a $10 million tremendous and reimburse the price of the investigation, and Snyder mentioned he would cede day-to-day management of the crew to a brand new co-chief government, his spouse, Tanya Snyder. The crew’s human sources division was ordered to be monitored for the following two years.
However the investigation’s findings weren’t made public, and nothing was mentioned about allegations about Snyder’s conduct towards feminine workers. Not solely did the N.F.L. not launch an intensive report, it didn’t even ask for one. As an alternative, Beth Wilkinson, the lead outdoors investigator, briefed the N.F.L. on her findings orally.
“We felt it was finest as a result of sensitivity of the allegations and the requests for confidentiality,” Lisa Friel, the N.F.L. government in command of investigations, informed reporters.
A part of the investigation, nonetheless, concerned the overview of the emails despatched and obtained by Bruce Allen, the crew’s longtime common supervisor and president, and an in depth confidant of Snyder, till Allen was fired in 2019. The overview of Allen’s inbox and outbox is what finally led to Gruden’s resignation, and confirmed that Allen participated in inappropriate and offensive conversations, together with the sharing of pornographic photos.
Allen was a senior government with the Raiders throughout Gruden’s first stint as the pinnacle coach there, within the late Nineties and early 2000s, and each ultimately went to work for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the place they received a Tremendous Bowl following the 2002 season. Each left the crew in 2008. Gruden went on to work for ESPN as a colour analyst for “Monday Evening Soccer,” and Allen was ultimately employed by Washington. As common supervisor there, Allen employed Gruden’s brother, Jay Gruden, who coached the crew from 2014 to 2019.