Rivera defends commanders’ cultural change after hearing originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Ron Rivera praised the Commanders’ efforts to change their culture since the start of his tenure as head coach, issuing a statement on Wednesday after the House Oversight and Reform Committee held a hearing to present the results of an investigation into the team’s alleged poisoning. . work environment led by owner Dan Snyder.
“With all due respect to the proceedings, I want to clarify a few points,” Rivera said in a statement. attached to tweet.
“When Dan and Tanya Snyder were in the process of hiring me, they asked me to do two things. WIN! And help us change our Culture. To be clear, on January 2, 2020, the day I was hired, we began implementing real protocols in our efforts to correct any inappropriate workplace issues and improve our work environment.”
The oversight committee issued memo on 29 pages that Dan Snyder’s detailed allegations of “creating a hostile work environment for commanders” and conducting “shadow investigationis aimed at manipulating an NFL investigation into alleged misconduct. Rep. Caroline Maloney (DN.Y.) announced his intention subpoena the absent Snyder to testify next week.
Rivera defended the hiring of Jason Wright as team president, adding that the team hired the first African-American team president in NFL history not because “he ticked the minority” but rather because of his experience as a former player, education and work in the international consulting firm McKinsey & Company.
A 10-month NFL investigation led by attorney Beth Wilkinson. result both in a $10 million fine for the franchise and in suspending Dan Snyder from day-to-day operations. The Wilkinson investigation found that female employees were subjected to sexual harassment while bullying and intimidation was rampant. The NFL has never released written reports of its findings, and the Oversight Committee pushed for Commissioner Roger Goodell at the hearing.
Nearly a year after the sentencing, Rivera stressed that since his hiring, the team has been working to eliminate the once-common inappropriate behavior.
“When the Wilkinson Report was completed in the spring of 2021 on behalf of the NFL, our organization had already implemented or was in the process of implementing the proposals mentioned in the report,” Rivera said.
“These investigations into inappropriate workplace issues predated my employment. I can’t change the past, but I hope our fans, the NFL, and Congress will see that we’re doing everything in our power to never repeat these problems in the workplace. And know that our employees are respected, appreciated and can be heard.”