Former Washington Football Team cheerleaders are among the latest to speak out about the ongoing fallout from the NFL’s investigation into the organization.
While Jon Gruden’s emails were being leaked and dissected — which ultimately cost him his job — it was revealed that topless photos of some of the cheerleaders were included in the emails between team executives and others.
Now, former cheerleaders are calling for the league to release all of the 649,998 emails that were obtained in order to show full transparency and hold people accountable.
“It’s despicable, really, to see that there is more evidence of exploitation and violation of these cheerleaders who I worked very closely with,” former WFT cheerleader Melanie Coburn told The Daily Beast.
— Melanie Coburn (@melanietc) October 12, 2021
The petition reads:
The NFL must do the right thing and make the sexual misconduct investigation of the WFT public AND hold Dan Snyder accountable for the history of serial sexual harassment within his organization.
The NFL along with the WFT employees, fans, alumni, and cheerleaders should stand up and disallow him from being a part of this historic franchise any longer. Ticket sales are at an all-time low and the name change controversy continues. It’s time to re-engage the fan base and create a winning game-day experience for everyone. This “rebranding” must include feedback and input from the women who have been on the sidelines supporting this team for more than a half-century.
It’s understandable that those who may have been exploited and have their pictures floating around the internet without consent are livid that their photos were shared within the organization and league. Yet, the NFL doesn’t seem concerned over this and has instead focused on Jon Gruden’s offensive language.
Accountability should be had. Unfortunately, we wouldn’t hold our breath when it comes to the NFL doing the right thing.