Ron Rivera Responds to Claims of Harassment in Washington's Front Office: 'My Daughter Works Here Now'

Ron Rivera Responds to Claims of Harassment in Washington’s Front Office: ‘My Daughter Works Here Now’

Fifteen ex-Washington employees are speaking out against the organization after they say were sexually harassed while employees of the NFL team. The allegations come as the team revealed that they will be changing their name and logo as a result of the backlash they have faced for years over their original name, the Redskins.

In a new report from The Washington Post, Emily Applegate who started working for the team in 2014 said it was only a few months after she was hired that she began experiencing “frequent sexual harassment and verbal abuse” from her male counterparts.

RELATED: Elena Delle Donne Opens Up More About Her Struggle With Lyme Disease After WNBA Says She Must Forfeit Her Paycheck If She Doesn’t Want to Play During a Global Pandemic

And Applegate wasn’t the only one.

According to The Washington Post, during their lunch break, women in the office would meet in the bathroom to “to commiserate and cry” about the harassment they were being subjected to. Applegate recalled how the would cry over Washington’s former COO and the “expletive-laced tirades” he would go on.

He once called her “f—ing stupid” she alleges and reportedly requested that “she wear a tight dress for a meeting with clients, ‘so the men in the room have something to look at.'” Applegate also talked about how her friend was physically assaulted when she had her behind grabbed by one of the wealthier suitholders and the and the “indifference the team’s top sales executive displayed when she complained,” The Post reports.

The Washington Post

But perhaps the saddest part for Applegate and her female colleagues was realize their dream jobs weren’t the dream they’d hope it be.

Applegate is just one of 15 former employees who told The Washington Post that they were sexually harassed during their time working for the team formerly known as the Redskins. However, while Applegate agreed to have her identity revealed, the other 14 women requested to remain anonymous.

As a result of their claims, Washington’s owner Daniel Snyder declined The Post’s multiple requests for an interview. However, while Snyder may not be commenting at this time, other people from the organization and around the league are.

In a statement from the NFL, the allegations were called “serious, disturbing, and contrary to the NFL’s values.”

“These matters as reported are serious, disturbing, and contrary to the NFL’s values. Everyone in the NFL has the right to work in an environment free from any and all forms of harassment. Washington has engaged outside counsel to conduct a thorough investigation into these allegations. The club has pledged that it will give its full cooperation to the investigator and we expect the club and all employees to do so. We will meet with the attorneys upon the conclusion of their investigation and take any action based on the findings.”

Washington’s head coach Ron Rivera also spoke out.

“[The] biggest thing is we have to move on from this and make sure everybody understands we have policies that we will follow and that we have an open-door policy with no retribution,” Rivera told reporters on Thursday. “Plus my daughter [Courtney] works for the team, and I sure as hell am not going to allow any of this! [Owner] Dan Snyder brought me here to change [the] culture and create an environment of inclusion among employees. I believe that everyone that works for this franchise has a vested interest in our success.”

Applegate left the franchise in 2015. And in a new interview with NBC, she said no one she feel degraded the way they did while working for the Redskins.

“Nobody deserves to be degraded and treated like that. Nobody deserves to be disrespected. And for any of us women that want to get into a career that is a male-dominated force we shouldn’t be afraid that these are the things that are going to happen.”

About At The Buzzer

At The Buzzer, or ATB, is the place for those who love sports, life, family, community, and so much more. We are far from the run of the mill 24/7 sports news websites. We not only bring you what’s happening in the world of sports in terms of trades and breaking news, but we also bring you the news that goes on behind the scenes. The stuff you don’t see during the 48 minutes of an NBA game or the 60 minutes of an NFL game. We let you know what’s going on in the lives of your favorite athletes. From big life moments like becoming a mother or a father to highlighting personal videos of them raising their little ones, At The Buzzer is the place you go when you want to relate to the athlete you root for on a daily basis. If you're interested in how Russell Wilson juggles being one of the best quarterbacks in the league while also being a doting husband and father-of-three, we got you covered. Interested in seeing a video of Iman Shupert's three-month-old baby speaking her first words, we have that here at ATB. Or would you rather watch Tiger Woods' son growing up and following in his father's footsteps, don't worry, we can show you that too. At The Buzzer is so much more than sports. It's relatable, reliable, and ready to show you a side of sports you didn't know existed. Our goal at ATB is to bring you relatable, entertaining news that will leave you feeling closer and more informed about the people you are looking up to and rooting for. Sports are more than just a group of organizations that entertain you, it's about the people who make up those organizations and the stories of how they became the people they are today. So take a minute and read one of our articles, we promise you won't regret it.

1 thought on “Ron Rivera Responds to Claims of Harassment in Washington’s Front Office: ‘My Daughter Works Here Now’”

  1. Pingback: Russell Wilson and More Concerned About the Start of Season

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: