Six former Washington NFL franchise employees filed new sexual harassment and abuse allegations against team owner Dan Snyder on Thursday.
During a panel discussion with the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, former cheerleaders Melanie Coburn and Tiffani Johnston recounted their own experiences with Snyder, accusing the owner of governing “by fear.”
According to Coburn, Snyder had the final say on who was on the cheerleading squad and fired women despite their talent “because they weren’t the prettiest, in his opinion”.
“An NFL owner who hired and fired employees based solely on their looks is despicable,” she said.
Brad Baker, a former video production manager for the team – then known as the Redskins, then renamed the Washington Football Team, followed by the Commanders – recalled that Snyder ordered employees in 2008 to mount shooting footage from the cheerleaders calendar to create a “Good Bits” video. featuring nude images of women.
“Going through the editing room. I saw several images on both the montage monitor and our tape recorder monitor that featured the cheerleaders posing for their photo shoot,” Baker said. “But it was like holds, and their breasts and pubes were exposed.”
“It became clear that my worst suspicions were true,” Baker added. “The video department had been tasked with editing obscene footage of the cheerleaders together at Dan Snyder’s request.”
Coburn said she and her colleagues “trusted” team personnel to “capture the footage and keep it safe”.
“We didn’t realize they were zooming in on private parts and rolling the cameras during costume changes,” he said. “I cried with the women in these videos as they explained the horror of seeing themselves in what is essentially a soft porn video soundtrack of Dan Snyder’s favorite bands.”
When asked if the perpetrators had been removed from the organization, Johnston firmly replied, “absolutely not.”
“It all started at the top with Dan Snyder,” she said.
Baker and Emily Applegate, a former marketing coordinator for the team, criticized the NFL for releasing a more than 200-page report into the ‘Deflategate’ scandal involving legendary quarterback Tom Brady, but having nothing released on harassment allegations involving Washington.
“Two decades of sexual harassment end in nothing,” Applegate said. “The NFL is showing us its complete disrespect for women, for their employees and for the culture of our country.”
The roundtable also featured testimonials from Anna Nunez, a former Business Development Coordinator, and Rachel Eagleson, a former intern who was promoted to managing premium client services with the team.
Snyder has owned the team since 1999 and is considered one of the worst owners in the NFL, if not all of professional sports.
A day before the round table, other former employees of the football team came featured on HBO’s “Real Sports Podcast” with allandgationsaccusing Snyder of turning a blind eye to harassment or abusing his employees himself.
“Mr. Snyder was sitting there…a few others,” said a former employee who went by the name Denise. word gentleman, one of the guys sitting there groped her ass as she innocently went to pick it up. And Snyder chuckled and took a puff of his cigar. . . . And then probably seven minutes later, another man, you know , rubbed his arm against my chest. And a few minutes later, another man said, “Hey, meet me in this suite here in the corner.”
“The examples are right – they are endless,” “Denise” added. “And it’s at Snyder’s, it’s in the owner’s suite. It’s – Snyder is right there. That happens.