A second set of sexual harassment allegations against the Washington Football Team was reported Wednesday by The Washington Post. Twenty-five more women came forward with claims this time, bringing the total number of accusers to 42.
Principal team owner Daniel Snyder was directly implicated in two instances, his first direct tie to behavior that supposedly has been going on throughout his two decades in control.
The NFL condemned the alleged behavior reported by the Post, calling the actions "unprofessional, disturbing and abhorrent," but said it will wait for the team's ongoing internal investigation to conclude before deciding whether to take action.
The revelations added to the challenges facing the executives Snyder hired to help change the organization's culture. Both people said Wednesday that they will press forward.
Team president Jason Wright said he wants other Washington personnel, past and present, to come forward with claims.
Julie Donaldson, senior vice president for media, said she was "saddened and disheartened" by what was reported and will "defend those who need defending."
The most titillating part of the Post's report was a claim by a former staffer in Washington's media department, which Donaldson now oversees. Brad Baker said that Snyder asked the video team in 2008 to compile outtakes of cheerleaders' private parts from the shoot for the team's swimsuit calendar. Baker said Snyder made the request through longtime team broadcaster Larry Michael, who was also VP of media.
A second former staffer, a broadcast producer who asked to remain anonymous, told the Post that Michael requested a similar compilation be done in 2010, when the calendar was shot in the Dominican Republic. That footage was to burned into a DVD and titled "For Executive Meeting."
The Post reported that it viewed both videos and had them authenticated through inspection of metadata of the final products.
Snyder and Michael denied the allegations. Michael retired from his position just before the Post's first report was published in July. Michael was accused multiple times in both reports of inappropriate behavior.
The team canceled practice for Thursday. Donaldson said in a statement that in its place will be a meeting of players, coaches and football staff to discuss racial injustice in light of this week's police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis.