Minnesota attorney general Keith Ellison: If we keep getting complaints, we’ll take action

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Earlier this week, six attorneys general put the NFL on notice that the league faces potential investigation and prosecution over complaints regarding workplace misconduct, both in the league office and among its teams. On Thursday night, one of the six explained what it will take for these prosecutors to take action.

“If we keep getting complaints we will pursue that,” Minnesota attorney general Keith Ellison said on NewsNation’s Rush Hour. “The fact is with this information coming to the press’s attention and getting out there to the public, if we begin getting more calls from women, from female employees, saying, ‘Look there’s a problem,’ then that’s the kind of thing that’s going to prompt our attention.”

Ellison hopes it won’t come to that, that the threat of action will prompt change.

“Absolutely I have confidence that it will,” Ellison said. “There are people within the organization, within the upper ranks of the NFL, who know this is the right thing to do. This is what law is for. When people don’t want to do the right thing voluntarily, then folks like attorneys general have to step in and look into it. We’re hoping they take action before we have to.”

It won’t be easy, but it’s important.

“Well, the league has a lot of work to do,” Ellison said. “The fact is it’s America’s most popular sport, most profitable sport. It has to be a sport where there’s fairness and openness to everyone. Whether you’re a black coach or you are a woman. Whoever you may be. America’s sport has to be a sport that reflects the principle of liberty and justice for all.”

Making the potential efforts of public investigators and prosecutors even more important as to the NFL is the league’s obsession with forcing all claims made by current or former employees into private arbitration before a rigged, kangaroo court over which the Commissioner or his designee presides. The NFL rarely has to defend itself in a truly public forum, before a truly neutral judge or judge and with a truly fair opportunity for external scrutiny of its behavior.

Why is the NFL so afraid of having outsiders determine whether it’s behaving properly or improperly? Why does the NFL want to keep these cases from the public eye? If the league were confident that it is always doing the right thing, it would have no qualms about having its decisions, words, and actions openly studied and publicly vindicated.

The litigation brought by Brian Flores, Steve Wilks, and Ray Horton becomes the most recent example of this mindset. The league and the teams undoubtedly will seek the comfort of Court Kangaroo because it knows that it has a problem, that it wants to hide the evidence of that problem from public view, and that it needs to tip the scales of justice in its favor in order to beat back a potentially significant verdict.

50 responses to “Minnesota attorney general Keith Ellison: If we keep getting complaints, we’ll take action

  1. Keith Ellison is a radical and an embarrassment to the state of Minnesota. He’s doing this only to heighten his profile. Signed, a MN resident.

  2. Greedy lawyers always go after big money, whether it’s tobacco companies or the NFL. It’s solely about money, nothing else. Let’s hope these law firms in New York get what they want, a lot of money and the NFL dissolved. Sooner rather then later.

  3. The NFL is untouchable like Elliot Ness. Murder, racism, domestic violence, it doesn’t matter. People will still watch.

  4. Investigating problems should have NOTHING to do with the number of complaints they get. They should investigate the very first credible complaint, not wait until there have been 1,000 complaints.

  5. Wait – “If we keep getting complaints…”?
    So they’ve gotten complaints, but they’re just ignoring them unless they get more complaints?
    That’s unconscionable.

  6. It’s amazing that the league has not instituted a zero tolerance policy for everyone.

  7. I’m not saying it’s right, but the litigation brought by Brian Flores et al will have the opposite of its intended impact.

  8. These individuals making claims do not have to accept private arbitration, however despite claiming to be fighting against discrimination, and for social justice for all, as soon as cash settlements are waived under their nose, all these concerns disappear

  9. Ellison is a total hack. Any “prosecution” will be purely for politics and their own careers.

  10. Spot on regarding kangaroo court. Also so many of these owners run their franchises like it’s 100 years ago. Take Jones as an example. They need to be brought to justice

  11. This guy is a political hack and anything he says should be taken with some skepticism. In 2018 he was accused of abuse by a girl Friend and her son. So that should disqualify him from any investigation and if one is deemed necessary should recuse.

  12. With all the problems there are out there, sexual harassment incidents at some NFL teams hardly warrant mention. The individual teams are franchises and to the extent what internal issues exist come under the purview of each state. Mr. Ellison, who is no stranger to attention seeking should focus on his Vikings. Are you going to indict them?

  13. Must not have gotten any complaints if they haven’t investigated anything. Sounds like someone got busted stretching the truth in pointing the finger at the NFL.

  14. “The fact is with this information coming to the press’s attention and getting out there to the public…”

    In other words, had this information NOT come to the attention of the press and gotten out there to the public, nothing at all would have been done. Ever.

    At least this guy admits it. So there’s that.

  15. So when once again there is no evidence and more tax payer money is wasted, when does it turn around on those bringing these cases to light? If we set a precedent that if you bring a case to this level and there is zero evidence and you’ve wasted tax payer money, you should be responsible to foot at least some of the bill. That will put this to rest real quick.

    I’d also like to see these people, men and women, bringing cases against those with money just as a money grab be sent to court for their BD. And it should come with a mandatory jail term. Do you want to lie and maybe get some free money or lie, get caught and go to jail

  16. Keith Ellison is a poor excuse for an Attorney General.

    I wouldn’t trust this guy with taking out my trash, much less accept anything he said at face value.

  17. Well Mr. AG whats the number when YOU decide to look into it.I thought the law is the law not some arbitrary number.

  18. For all those people who say that sexual harassment is the least of problems: would you say the same thing if one your loved ones got harassed sexually at work or would you go to battle?
    Also handling these kinds of things does not mean you are not going to handle other important issues. This is not an either or situation.
    We don’t live in stone ages where doing a good job for which you are paid isn’t the only relevant thing.

  19. I’m embarrassed for Minnesota… This used to be a very proud American state. I’ll never understand what has happened us and how some of those running our state were ever elected to office.

  20. “If you keep hitting him, I’ll going to arrest somebody. “ That’s what I’m hearing here. If one or two complaints are viable, action should be undertaken. Waiting to hear more before doing so seems wrong to me.

  21. Ridiculous statement, AG. If it takes more than 1 person to launch action then you’re clearly missing the point. Every person should matter. Appropriate actions shouldn’t have to meet the threshold of “class action”

  22. I’m not a Cleveland Browns fan , but I’m going to purchase 7 Deshaun Watson jerseys now that 6 States are angry, raving livid as “heck “ at him !

  23. Are these supposed to be criminal investigations? If so, why wouldn’t they be handled by the county attorney? That’s how they are normally handled, not by the attorney general.

  24. An estimated $500 million in damage from the George Floyd protests/riots. What investigation was done into the misconduct that caused damage? Sure, go after the NFL though.

  25. Many are still waiting for him to take action against those that burned down Minneapolis in 2020.

  26. Wow, just wow. Typical leftist scum. The guy who beat his wife and dragged her by her hair, is going after the NFL over complaints from women about work place abuse and harassment. Good job Minnesota!!

  27. Almost everyday I turn on or read the news it’s someone else complaining about how they have been treated unfair.

  28. The irony here is off the charts. Takes a beater to catch someone saying dirty things in the office?

  29. dougalbea says:
    April 8, 2022 at 1:59 pm
    This guy is a political hack and anything he says should be taken with some skepticism. In 2018 he was accused of abuse by a girl Friend and her son. So that should disqualify him from any investigation and if one is deemed necessary should recuse.

    _____________________________

    If that were the case, merely an accusation, Brett Kavanagh should have never been appointed as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Most of your cohorts would likely disagree with that sentiment and rightfully so.

  30. Minnesota Attorney General’s Office named a ‘top workplace’ in nation. Office earned honors after employee survey.
    By Stephen Montemayor Star Tribune FEBRUARY 3, 2022

    It would appear to me Ellison can deal with this issue, handily.

  31. How do people like Ellison keep their careers and prosper after DA accusations , shadily dismissed, but some people get cancelled for things they said 20 years ago!

  32. dougalbea says:
    April 8, 2022 at 1:59 pm
    This guy is a political hack and anything he says should be taken with some skepticism. In 2018 he was accused of abuse by a girl Friend and her son. So that should disqualify him from any investigation and if one is deemed necessary should recuse.

    _____________________________

    If that were the case, merely an accusation, Brett Kavanagh should have never been appointed as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Most of your cohorts would likely disagree with that sentiment and rightfully so.
    ___________________
    Those were recent allegations with pictures not an accusation from democrat operative from25 years earlier that absolutley nobody corraborated..

  33. Ellison welcomed the release of an alleged video that demonstrated his abuse of an ex-girlfriend. He asked for it repeatedly. It was never released by her or her son, because it doesn’t exist. His ex-wife of twenty-five years said no way, that’s not him.

    Did you ever hear the expression “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned?” This is it.

  34. ‘Whoever you may be. America’s sport has to be a sport that reflects the principle of liberty and justice for all.’

    Baloney! The teams in this league, like teams in all other leagues, have two objectives; win and make money!

    They aren’t the government (which lacks the greatest transparency of all), a non-profit or any other regulated body that has to answer to anyone about who they hire or why.

    Don’t like it, don’t watch and don’t sponsor.

    And what the Hell does any of this have to do with deflating footballs?

  35. Exactly how many more complaints do you need Mr. Attorney General before you go ahead and do your job.

  36. Ellison should spend more time looking into the BILLIONS in tax fraud by local non-profits and less time worrying about the NFL.

  37. denbronx says:
    April 8, 2022 at 5:55 pm
    Almost everyday I turn on or read the news it’s someone else complaining about how they have been treated unfair.
    ——————————————
    What, exactly is the difference between that and your whiny post?

  38. If the complaints are to the extent of employees being “forced” to watch the Ray Rice video more than once, I think everything, and everyone involved, will be just fine.

  39. Maybe worry about getting your police force in order first, so our citizens of color can feel safe just doing mundane things like driving a car or visiting their corner store. Then, worry if the NFL has any problems.

  40. All the people saying one complaint should be enough to trigger an investigation…I completely agree. The problem in the real world is our courts are overwhelmed to the point where people are released early or are never charged because there is too much of a backlog in courts, there aren’t enough public defenders to meet the constitutionally mandated right to representation so more cases go uncharged, and DAs offices can’t hire and retain prosecutors. Eveyone wants to be tough on crime. Nobody wants to pay for it. Can’t have it both ways.

  41. Ellison does a great job of representing all citizens, not just minorities and women. Any resident that thinks otherwise obviously is not part of the majority that elected him into office.

    Good luck with that.

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