Former Washington Football Team cheerleaders reach settlement over inappropriate videos

Former Washington Football Team cheerleaders reach settlement over inappropriate videos

The Washington football team has reached a settlement with its former cheerleaders who appeared in lewd videos taken without their knowledge at swimsuit calendar photo shoots in 2008 and 2010.

Lawyers for both sides confirmed the settlement, which one source said would actually be reached in 2020, though they declined to say when exactly. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The Washington Post first reported news of the settlement. No lawsuit was filed.

During these years, two videos were made of the extracts, where some private parts were exposed. Certain props were used to shield these body parts and sometimes these props were not enough.

The Washington Post detailed the shooting in August, with one former employee, Brad Baker, saying that employees were told to make a video of it for owner Dan Snyder, who has denied the allegation. Baker served in the franchise’s broadcast department from 2007-2009. The Post reported two other sources who said a similar video was produced at the behest of Larry Michael, the team’s former vice president and one-game announcer. He has also denied the accusation.

The NFL continues to investigate the organization’s culture following a series of Washington Post reports last summer. The stories detail sexual harassment allegations made by 15 women against former team members. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said last week that the investigation, led by Beth Wilkinson, is “nearing completion.”

“What’s important to me in the context of this is that the Washington Football Club has already made a lot of changes,” Goodell said. “Dan and Tanya [Snyder] are on board with making these changes for the football club. That’s good to see. But I expect Beth’s recommendations are something that will add to that.”

Meanwhile, the franchise also announced that they have suspended their cheerleader program during their rebranding while changing their name and logo. Movement is not about research, based on multiple sources. Also, several sources said they expect the cheer program to return in some capacity.

The franchise also notified the band, which was founded in 1937 when the franchise relocated from Boston, that it would also be suspended. But the source says the band is also expected to return.

The team wants to choose a name and design a logo first, and then see how it wants to change its other traditions, such as cheerleading and band.

Also to be hired is a director of game day operations, who will play a central role in shaping the FedEx Field fan experience. Due to COVID-19, neither the band nor the cheerleaders performed at the stadium this season.

In a statement, team president Jason Wright said, “The time is right to reimagine our entire gameday experience, to reinvent it in a way that reflects our modern identity and aligns with what today’s fans are looking for.”

The position of director of cheerleading was eliminated. According to the source, Jamilla Keene, who was in this role, is considering whether to remain with the franchise in another capacity.

The franchise lost its former name last summer. In the fall, Wright told ESPN that it could take up to a year to come up with a new name, but also to finish branding. He said that even if a new name is chosen this offseason, they will remain silent as they complete the branding process. He said the football team, originally selected as a placeholder, is a possibility for a permanent name.

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