Calls for the NFL to release its findings of the investigation of workplace culture of the Washington Football Team have grown louder, but Roger Goodell made it clear that is unlikely to happen.
After meeting with owners all day Tuesday in New York, the NFL commissioner explained to reporters that nothing more than the summary will be made public from the Wilkinson investigation because the league is attempting to protect the anonymity of the accusers.
“We are very conscious in protecting those who came forward,” Goodell said. “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.”
The commissioner also said that he believes Washington owner Dan Snyder, who had to pay a fine and turn over his day-to-day duties to his wife, has been held accountable for his role.
“I do think he’s been held accountable for it and the organization has been held accountable,” Goodell said. “And I think we’ve given an unprecedented fine. Dan Snyder has not been involved with the organization for now almost four months.
“We, obviously, have focused more on making sure the policies 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 will happen at this organization.”
Goodell’s comments come after two of the accusers and former employees, Melanie Coburn and Ana Nunez, hand-delivered a letter to the owners on Tuesday demanding transparency and a full release of its findings of the investigation.
Coburn told reporters that Snyder was “100 percent” responsible for the toxic workplace that included allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and abuse.
The U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee is also seeking documents and information about the investigation. Goodell said that he looks forward to working with the committee.