Roger Goodell continues to justify lack of WFT transparency by saying some employees wanted anonymity

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Commissioner Roger Goodell usually speaks at the end of the NFL’s quarterly meetings. This time, he spoke at the conclusion of the first day of the two-day session.

Goodell was peppered with several questions about the Washington Football Team investigation, and the NFL’s ongoing refusal to disclose information about the findings made by attorney Beth Wilkinson.

Goodell reiterated the longstanding party line that, because some of the current or former WFT employees who came forward requested anonymity, no information will be provided. That continues to be a nonsensical position. They can easily redact the names of the people who want anonymity.

Also, certain aspects of the investigation don’t compromise those who want anonymity, however many (or few) that may be. For example, the investigation uncovered 650,000 emails, some of which were weaponized to take out Raiders coach Jon Gruden. The league has admitted to PFT that those emails fell outside the scope of the investigation. Thus, to the extent that anonymity promised to some current or former employees became the NFL’s stated concern for hiding all information about the investigation, that reasoning DOES NOT APPLY to the 650,000 emails, by the NFL’s own admission.

Put simply, the explanation from the league was and continues to be BS. There’s no other way to put it. Some employees (they’ve never said how many) wanted anonymity, so they bootstrap that into making everything about the investigation secret. They did that for one reason, in my opinion — if specific facts ever come to light about what happened at the WFT over the last decade, it would become untenable for Daniel Snyder to continue to own the team.

Goodell makes $50 million or so per year to peddle these talking points on behalf of the oligarchs who hide behind Big Shield, making the decisions that Goodell then must defend by talking his way through and around whatever questions he may face on the handful of annual occasions that he actually interacts with the media. On Tuesday night, he more than earned his next paycheck by offering up a buffet line of word salads in response to the various questions he faced, for the first time since May.

Goodell’s comments come at a time when the NFL has not yet officially responded to a letter from the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee that seeks a broad array of documents and information about the WFT investigation. Goodell said on Tuesday evening that the league looks forward to working with the Committee. However, neither he nor the league have committed to fully cooperating with the Congressional requests for information.

The league hasn’t committed to full cooperation because the league remains far more committed to doing whatever it can to keep secret any and all information that could take down Snyder, and (more importantly) to ensure that other owners won’t have to worry about workplace allegations morphing into the possible forced sale of the entire workplace.

37 responses to “Roger Goodell continues to justify lack of WFT transparency by saying some employees wanted anonymity

  1. I’m sure that Dan Snyder wants anonymity, and he’s an employee. People in power are excellent at saying something and nothing at the same time.

  2. A big nothing burger huh Rodger? I’m sure this goes a lot deeper and would exposed some more profile individuals. Gruden is going to have to take one for the team.

  3. Lets call this what it is – its a coverup to spare Synder further embarrassment. He can continue to own the team and point to his personnel hirings (minorities and women)as proof that the organization is successfully undergoing a culture shift. Truth is nothing has changed. Nothing will change as long as the despicable Synder is permitted to stay where he is. Where is that woman with the bell from GoT when you need her? SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!!!

  4. Only way they’ll release the emails is if all major sponsors drop them. They lose tons of money they’ll care less about anyones anonymity.

  5. Would you want the feds to come knocking on your door, walk in uninvited, and start going through your house looking for anything illegal or embarrassing to you, and then put it on the front page? That would be fun, wouldn’t it? Do unto others….

  6. The league sticking it to the Raiders, the Davis family and RAIDER NATION.

    Grunden’s words were reprehensible, not criminal.

    The league committed a crime and must be investigated to the fullest extent.

  7. What happened to protecting the shield? Goodell is a hypocrite and this looks ugly for the NFL, but apparently it’s not more ugly as what’s really contained in those emails.

  8. I’m guessing more than just the WFT and Dan Snyder would go down if the full report were released. a LOT more. Is Jerry on that list? Maybe Bob, as well… we know he’s been in some shady places, lol.

  9. Meanwhile, it’s OK for Snoop Dogg to just continue being Snoop Dogg. Nothing to see here. Just look the other way until after NBC and the NFL roll him out for the halftime show.
    Maybe it’s time for everyone to face the music. Only seems fair.

  10. I think the two bigger issues are – why isn’t there a written report of the WFT investigation and why isn’t that report public, the same way player investigations have been public? And – what inside person went rogue and leaked the Gruden and Pash emails? I don’t think it’s Snyder. I think those two issues are actually more important than what’s in the 650,000 emails. (585,000 that are just people hitting reply all and then others replying all to tell people to stop replying all and others replying all asking to be removed from the chain.)

  11. All we ever hear from Goodell is transparency but what he really means is we’ll show transparency when it benefits us and only then. Let’s see how that works if Congress gets involved.

  12. Unfortunately for WFT fans Snyder clearly knows were too many bodies are buried and is known to VERY litigious !!

  13. uh yeah generally people under investigation would like annonymity…especially when it’s people in power and the subject is sexual harrassment. Goodell is a complete fraud.

  14. Good job Mike Florio and Peter King. As a Raiders and NFL fan, I want to see EVERYTHING, not just bits and pieces. I continue to believe that those emails contain some embarrassing and/or damaging information against Dan Snyder and possibly other NFL people/owners. Please keep pushing for full disclosure.

  15. Pretty sure this is just Goodell doing Goodell things. The owners pay him to make them not look bad. If he let the emails out and Snyder got pressured to sell we would have a new commisioner next year if not sooner. Good for us but bad for Goodell. Self preservation at it’s finest.

  16. I am a Raider fan since over 40 years, and I’ve seen my share of dodgy things against us for a long time, the last one being this hit job – there’s no other way to portray it. However, maybe the league helped the Raiders unintentionally because I see them more focussed now than before; these last two games were an example of how to face adversity. They played smart, tough and with tons of energy, so maybe this is what we needed as a kick in the area.

    Now, moving to the other 650.000 emails, maybe they don’t want to release them to avoid a Pandora’s box (without the last one, Hope). Maybe in those emails there could be something regarding shady wink, nod, fart deals? I don’t know, collusion? Blacklisting? And the list could go on and on…

    Just my 2 pence. Greetings from Glasgow!

  17. dudeicle says:
    October 26, 2021 at 8:37 pm
    I’m guessing more than just the WFT and Dan Snyder would go down if the full report were released. a LOT more. Is Jerry on that list? Maybe Bob, as well… we know he’s been in some shady places, lol.

    —————-

    This. Releasing the findings would shine an unflattering light on the NFL blue bloods. If it was just about Snyder they would have been released but the league needs to protect names like Rooney, Hunt and Mara.

  18. The emails would show all the things that the NFL turned the other cheek on.

    This is why they will never see the light of day.

  19. It all comes down to corporate sponsors demanding transparency into the WFT investigation. The NFL will not budge unless it feels it is at risk of losing financially. Keep it going Florio – we never know when the tipping point will occur.

  20. Redact the names and other personally identifying information. This isn’t rocket surgery, Roger.

  21. charliecharger says:
    October 26, 2021 at 8:12 pm
    Would you want the feds to come knocking on your door, walk in uninvited, and start going through your house looking for anything illegal or embarrassing to you, and then put it on the front page? That would be fun, wouldn’t it? Do unto others….

    ——————————————————-

    Except in this case, the government knocked down the door, but then discovered that since some of the stuff inside would ruin their lives as well, decided to put the blame on someone else and then hid the rest of the evidence. Your argument is completely invalid!

  22. I just don’t see how football fans care about this stuff. I realize the media would love it and there is absolutely a huge casual audience for controversy – but football fans? I don’t see it.

  23. This story is going to blow wide open and I cannot wait for Snyder’s reign of terror go down in flames.

  24. 243 pages over the air pressure in some footballs. Zero pages over accusations of racism, sexism, and misogyny at the highest level of the team playing out of our nation’s capital.

    Keep beating this drum Mike. King Roger is hiding something big on this one.

  25. Time for the public to start pushing for Goodell’s removal. Let’s hope Congress subpoena’s everything

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