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‘False’: Roger Goodell Announces Why He’s Not Releasing WFT Investigation Findings, Cheerleaders Are Furious

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who’s paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $40 million a year by owners to take bullets for the league and protect the interests of billionaires, announced Tuesday that the league will not be releasing the findings from an investigation into the Washington Football Team.

Goodell, who began his NFL career straight out of college as an intern at the league offices, stood in front of media members Tuesday night and told them — with a straight face — that the NFL would not be releasing its investigation findings because some of the employees who came forward requesting the investigation had asked for anonymity.

The commissioner said that Snyder had been “held accountable” and that’s that.

In a video posted by Nicki Jhabvala, Goodell explained his decision.

“I do think he’s been held accountable for it. I think the organization has been held accountable, and I think we’ve given an unprecedented fine. Dan Snyder has not been involved with the organization now for almost four months,” the commissioner claimed.

“We obviously focus more on making sure that policies that they had, many of which they put into place prior to this investigation, but also coming out of it, were put into place and that they will be maintained, and that we can ensure that won’t happen in this organization.”

As for his stance on not releasing the findings due to anonymity, Goodell was fully prepared to shut down the media and the cheerleaders who are begging for the report to be made public.

“We are very cautious of making sure that we’re protecting those who came forward. They were incredibly brave, incredibly open, and we respect the pain that they probably went through all over again to come forward, so that was a very high priority for us,” Goodell said.

“Second would be our focus, and our focus remains is to make sure that all of our clubs operate at the highest level as far as workforce and workplace and making sure that we set the highest standard. We actually spent some time talking about that today, and we’ll continue those discussions going forward because it’s an important thing for us.”

Goodell’s decision not to release the findings had former Redskins cheerleader Rachel Engleson, who was one of those employees who asked the league for an investigation, fired up.

Engleson says that Goodell’s claim that the league had to protect those who came forward is “false.”

We were told our identities would be kept confidential in a written report,” she wrote Tuesday night. “Meaning, if I spoke about something that happened to me, there would be no way Dan or others could trace the info back to me. Not that there would be no written report. C’mon.”

Lisa Banks, an attorney representing the cheerleaders, had a serious issue with Goodell’s anonymity claim.

My clients did not ask the NFL for ‘protection’ when they participated in the investigation. They asked for transparency and accountability —and received neither,” the attorney tweeted.

And with that, Goodell has earned his money and done what it took to make this whole thing go away.

Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.

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