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Washington Football Team co-CEO ‘denies leaking Jon Gruden emails’

Tanya Snyder, the co-CEO of the Washington Football Team and the wife of club owner Dan Snyder, is reportedly denying that her franchise leaked the infamous Jon Gruden emails that led to his resignation as Las Vegas Raiders head coach earlier this month. 

Tanya made her remarks to other team owners at the league meetings in New York this week, four sources told the Washington Post. A spokesman for Dan Snyder did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation, and NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy declined to comment. McCarthy has continued to deny that the leaked emails came from the NFL.

Gruden’s racist, homophobic, and misogynistic messages were included among 650,000 emails in the NFL’s 10-month probe into hostile workplace and sexual harassment allegations against the Washington Football Team (WFT). As a result of the investigation that ended in July, the club was fined $10 million and Dan agreed to cede day-to-day control of the franchise to Tanya.

The 58-year-old Gruden resigned earlier this month after the emails he sent to then-WFT president Bruce Allen between 2011 and 2018 surfaced in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

In the emails, which Gruden sent when he worked as an on-air analyst for ESPN, the longtime head coach used a racist trope to describe players’ union executive director DeMaurice Smith, an African American, and called commissioner Roger Goodell a ‘f*****.’

There has been speculation that the emails were leaked by the Snyders or their employees. 

Tanya Snyder and Daniel Snyder pictured at a New York museum in 2007

Jon Gruden's racist, homophobic, and misogynistic messages were included among 650,000 emails in the NFL's 10-month probe into hostile workplace and sexual harassment allegations against the Washington Football Team (WFT). As a result of the investigation that ended in July, the club was fined $10 million and Dan agreed to cede day-to-day control of the franchise to Tanya. The 58-year-old Gruden resigned earlier this month after the emails he sent to then-WFT president Bruce Allen between 2011 and 2018 surfaced in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal

Jon Gruden’s racist, homophobic, and misogynistic messages were included among 650,000 emails in the NFL’s 10-month probe into hostile workplace and sexual harassment allegations against the Washington Football Team (WFT). As a result of the investigation that ended in July, the club was fined $10 million and Dan agreed to cede day-to-day control of the franchise to Tanya. The 58-year-old Gruden resigned earlier this month after the emails he sent to then-WFT president Bruce Allen between 2011 and 2018 surfaced in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal

NBC’s Peter King, a veteran NFL reporter, wrote that ‘several smart people in the league think the leaks come from the Snyder camp’ and that reporting has since been matched by the Washington Post.

Meanwhile, a former WFT cheerleader and marketing director has accused Dan of leaking Gruden’s emails.

Melanie Coburn, who worked with the team’s cheerleaders for 14 years, claims he leaked the emails in an effort to push blame for the team’s sexual harassment scandal onto Allen.

‘I believe Dan Snyder leaked these emails,’ Coburn told Fox News on October 19. ‘I believe he’s trying to put all the blame on Bruce Allen.’

According to Coburn, private investigators working for Dan spoke to former team cheerleaders to question them about Allen, who was fired in Washington after a 3-13 season in 2019.

‘He sent over a dozen private investigators to my colleagues’ homes across the country … to show up on cheerleaders’ doorstops and ask them what their relationship with Bruce Allen was,’ Coburn said.

Bruce Allen, the recipient of Gruden's emails, was fired in Washington in 2019 following a 3-13 season. Since then, he and team owner Daniel Snyder have battled each other in court over severance pay and Snyder's claim that Allen spread false information about him to a website

Bruce Allen, the recipient of Gruden’s emails, was fired in Washington in 2019 following a 3-13 season. Since then, he and team owner Daniel Snyder have battled each other in court over severance pay and Snyder’s claim that Allen spread false information about him to a website 

‘I feel like he’s trying to pin everything on Bruce, right, and place all the blame for all of the bad culture on him, which just isn’t true.’

Dan’s attorney, Jordan Siev, denied Coburn’s accusations in a statement to DailyMail.com.

‘Any suggestion by Ms. Coburn that anyone associated with the Washington Football Team was behind any leaks concerning Jon Gruden is categorically false and part of a pattern of misinformation being spread by Ms. Coburn,’ Siev said.

Allen did not respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

If Coburn’s claim is correct, this wouldn’t be the first time he shared a portion of these emails.

Redacted versions of some of Gruden’s emails were also filed in federal court last June as part of Dan’s efforts to compel Allen to produce discovery in a separate defamation lawsuit filed in India against a tabloid website. Several of the emails included in that court filing and reviewed by DailyMail.com are among the messages leaked to the Times.

Dan was attempting to prove Allen was involved in a plot to falsely connect him to disgraced investor Jeffrey Epstein, the financier and convicted sex offender who committed suicide in prison in 2019.

His motion directing discovery from Allen in the case was dropped in April.

The two have also been at odds over over several issues, including Allen’s severance, which Dan was forced to pay in full in 2020.

On Wednesday, Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis (pictured) said he hopes to see a written report of the WFT investigation, which resulting in the resignation of his coach, Jon Gruden

On Wednesday, Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis (pictured) said he hopes to see a written report of the WFT investigation, which resulting in the resignation of his coach, Jon Gruden

The NFL report in which the emails were contained remains a contentious issue.

Citing confidentiality concerns, Goodell has refused calls to issue a report on the league’s 10-month investigation.

‘When you make a promise to protect the anonymity, to make sure that we get the right information, you need to stay with it,’ Goodell said. ‘And so we’re very conscious of making sure that we’re protecting those who came forward. They were incredibly brave.’

He also said that both Dan and the team ‘have been held accountable.’

The investigation was initiated in 2020 following Washington Post reports female WFT employees made sexual harassment and hostile workplace allegations against the club. Attorney Beth Wilkinson was initially hired by the WFT to conduct the investigation until the NFL assumed control of the probe, after which, she reported to the commissioner’s office.

When the NFL was alerted about Gruden’s emails, league officials reviewed them and submitted conclusions to Goodell. The emails were then sent to Raiders owner Mark Davis as the league waited on him to take action, according to the Post.

Wednesday, Davis joined many others in demanding to see the league’s report from the WFT probe, which Goodell has steadfastly rejected.

‘Yeah, I think that there should be,’ Davis told reporters when asked if there should be a publicized report on the investigation.

Melanie Coburn, a former employee of the Washington Football Team, speaks to reporters during the NFL football owners meeting on Tuesday in New York. Coburn, who worked with the team's cheerleaders for 14 years, claims Snyder leaked the emails in an effort to push blame for the team's sexual harassment scandal onto Allen. She has also called on the NFL to release the findings of its investigation into the Washington Football Team

Melanie Coburn, a former employee of the Washington Football Team, speaks to reporters during the NFL football owners meeting on Tuesday in New York. Coburn, who worked with the team’s cheerleaders for 14 years, claims Snyder leaked the emails in an effort to push blame for the team’s sexual harassment scandal onto Allen. She has also called on the NFL to release the findings of its investigation into the Washington Football Team 

Ana Nunez, a former employee of the Washington Football Team, speaks to reporters Tuesday

Ana Nunez, a former employee of the Washington Football Team, speaks to reporters Tuesday

The NFL Players Association, the US House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and attorneys for former WFT employees are all demanding to see the league’s findings.

‘You have chosen to hide behind the ”incredibly brave” women and men who came forward to try to justify your decision to protect the WFT and Dan Snyder from whatever is contained in those findings,’ read a statement from Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, attorneys representing 40 former WFT employees.

‘You have misrepresented the wishes of our clients, and likely those of the other women and men who came forward, to justify your decision to bury what we know would be a damning report, having sat through dozens of interviews,’ the statement continued. ‘Our clients came forward with details of the harassment and abuse that they suffered with the reasonable expectation that they and the public would be provided with the findings of the 10-month-long investigation.’

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform formally requested documents related to the investigation last week.

‘We have serious concerns about what appears to be widespread abusive workplace conduct at the WFT and about the NFL’s handling of this matter,’ US Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (New York), chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (Illinois), chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, wrote in the letter to Goodell.

‘Communications between league management and WFT leadership also raise questions about the league’s asserted impartiality in these investigations.’

Citing confidentiality concerns, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (pictured) has refused calls to issue a report on the league's 10-month investigation into sexual harassment claims against the Washington Football Team

Goodell said the NFL did release a summary of its investigation and that Washington owner Daniel Snyder (pictured) has not been allowed to handle any of the day-to-day operations of the franchise since July. The team, valued by Forbes at $4.2 billion, was also fined $10 million in July. 'I do think he has been held accountable and the organization has been held accountable,' Goodell said

Citing confidentiality concerns, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (left) has refused calls to issue a report on the league’s 10-month investigation into sexual harassment claims against the Washington Football Team. Goodell said the NFL did release a summary of its investigation and that Washington owner Daniel Snyder (right) has not been allowed to handle any of the day-to-day operations of the franchise since July. The team, valued by Forbes at $4.2 billion, was also fined $10 million in July. ‘I do think he has been held accountable and the organization has been held accountable,’ Goodell said

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM SEXUAL HARASSMENT FALLOUT:

Majority owner Dan Snyder: A former cheerleader named Tiffany Bacon Scourby told the Washington Post that Snyder suggested that she join his ‘close friend’ in a hotel room in 2004 so they ‘could get to know each other.’ The 56-year-old billionaire is also accused of belittling executives, according to three members of the executive staff. Specifically, he’s accused of mocking Dennis Greene for being a college cheerleader, once allegedly ordering him to do cartwheels for his amusement. Snyder has privately settled one sexual harassment allegation, according to The New York Times and Washington Post. Snyder remains the team’s official owner, but has stepped away from day-to-day involvement with the club and made his wife Tanya co-CEO as the league imposed a $10 million fine.

Dan Snyder (left) still owns the Washington Football Team, but has ceded day-to-day control of the franchise following the NFL's investigation into sexual harassment claims against the club. He has since accused now-former team president Bruce Allen (right) of conspiring to spread false information about him to an Indian website

Dan Snyder (left) still owns the Washington Football Team, but has ceded day-to-day control of the franchise following the NFL’s investigation into sexual harassment claims against the club. He has since accused now-former team president Bruce Allen (right) of conspiring to spread false information about him to an Indian website 

Chief operating officer Mitch Gershman: Former team employee Emily Applegate said he would routinely compliment her body while also regularly berating her for insignificant problems, like printer malfunctions. Her allegations were supported by two other female former employees. When contacted, Gershman told The Post, ‘I barely even remember who she is,’ adding that he ‘would apologize to anyone who thought I was verbally abusive.’ Gershman left the team in 2015.  

Team president Bruce Allen: Although Allen was not accused of sexual harassment or verbal abuse, Applegate claims he must have known about her problems because ‘he sat 30 feet away from me… and saw me sobbing at my desk several times a week.’ The brother of former Virginia Governor and US Senator George Allen, Bruce found himself at the center of Jon Gruden’s email controversy in October of 2021 when the now-former Raiders coach’s racist, homophobic messages were mysteriously leaked to the media. Bruce Allen was fired after the 2019 season, when Washington went 3-13.

Former Washington Redskins director of pro personnel Alex Santos

Former Washington Redskins director of pro personnel Alex Santos

Director of pro personnel Alex Santos: Six former employees and two reporters who covered the team told the Washington Post that Santos made inappropriate remarks to them about their appearances. He also asked them if they were interested in him romantically. In 2019, he allegedly pinched Rhiannon Walker, a reporter for The Athletic, and told her she had ‘an ass like a wagon.’ This resulted in an internal investigation. Another reporter, the Ringer’s Nora Princiotti, also accused Santos of harassing her. Santos, who declined to speak with The Post, was fired in July.

Team radio play-by-play announcer Larry Michael: Seven former employees told The Post that ‘the voice of the Washington Redskins’ frequently talked openly about female co-workers looks, often making sexually disparaging remarks. He was once caught on a ‘hot mic’ in 2018 discussing the looks of one intern, six sources told The Post. He is also accused of ordering employees to edit together a video of lewd behind-the-scenes outtakes from a 2008 calendar shoot. Michael, who declined to speak with The Post, retired after 16 seasons in July.

Former radio announcer Larry Michael

Former assistant director of pro personnel Richard Mann II

Former radio announcer Larry Michael (left) and former assistant director of pro personnel Richard Mann II (right)

Assistant director of pro personnel Richard Mann II: In a text message obtained by The Post, Mann told a female colleague that he and other men in the office debated whether she had plastic surgery on her breasts. He also warned another female coworker to expect an ‘inappropriate hug’ from him, adding, ‘don’t worry that will be a stapler in my pocket, nothing else.’ Mann declined to speak with The Post after being fired in July.

Former president of business operations Dennis Greene

Former president of business operations Dennis Greene

President of business operations Dennis Greene: Five former employees told The Post that Greene asked female sales staffers to wear revealing outfits and flirt with wealthy season ticket holders and suite holders. Greene worked for the club for 17 years until 2018, when it was revealed that he had sold access to team cheerleaders at a bikini photo shoot in Costa Rica as part of a ticket package. According to a New York Times investigation, the 2013 calendar shoot did not involve any sex, but team officials did worry the cheerleaders by taking their passports. Some cheerleaders say they were required to be topless, although the shoot did not include any nudity. After a 14-hour shoot one day, nine of the 36 cheerleaders were reportedly asked to escort suite holders to a local nightclub. Several of the women began to cry, according to the Times. Greene declined to comment and has not worked for the team since he resigned in 2018. 


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