Lawmakers pressure NFL to release report on Washington's football team as former employees speak to Congress
One of the former employees who spoke before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform also came forward with a new allegation that she was sexually harassed by team owner Dan Snyder himself, which Snyder denied.cbsnews.com
Indian Country Responds to the New Washington Commanders Name
On Wednesday, Washington’s National Football League (NFL) Team announced its new team name as the Commanders. The announcement was made exclusively on the Today Show, after weeks of speculation. The announcement was met with varying responses from leaders across Indian Country.news.yahoo.com
Former Washington Football Team employees call on NFL sponsors to pressure league to release investigation findings
Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden quit this week over a series of offensive emails that were uncovered during the league's investigation of alleged misconduct by officials of the Washington Football Team.cbsnews.com
Disgusted Cheerleaders Demand NFL Release Report on Washington Football Team’s ‘Boys Club’
Scott Taetsch/GettyNational Football League cheerleaders are calling on the NFL to release its full report into workplace culture after allegations surfaced that coaches had secretly distributed nude photos of them by email.The emails, first reported by the New York Times Monday, were allegedly sent by then-ESPN commentator Jon Gruden to then Washington Football Team General Manager Bruce Allen (who had hired Gruden’s brother, Jay, to coach the team, then called the Redskins) and several other mnews.yahoo.com
Cleveland Indians baseball team changes name to the Guardians
The Major League Baseball team in Cleveland is changing its name to Guardians, the franchise announced Friday, dropping the controversial "Indians," by which it had been known for more than a century. The name Guardians is a reference to well-known Art Deco statues located on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, which spans the Cuyahoga River and connects downtown Cleveland to the city's trendy Ohio City neighborhood. Those statues are known as the "Guardians of Traffic." The franchise, which announced the name change in a tweet Friday morning, had long faced pressure from activists locally and nationally to ditch the name "Indians," which critics said was racist. The NFL's Washington Football Team last year dropped its former name, which was decried as demeaning to Native Americans, as corporate backlash intensified.cnbc.com
Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder to buy all minority shares for $875 million, report says
WFT owner Dan Snyder, center, before a game between the Washington Football Team and the New York Giants at FedEx Field in Landover, MD on November 8, 2020. Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder is close to buying the minority shares of his club for more than $800 million, The New York Times reported Wednesday. Snyder will seek approval from National Football League owners to take on $450 million in debt to buy the remaining 40.5% of the club's shares for $875 million, the Times said. Owners of the minority shares include FedEx CEO Frederick Smith, who pushed for the team to drop its former name last year. The team is under an independent investigation by attorney Beth Wilkinson after a report last summer in The Washington Post alleged sexual harassment and mistreatment of female employees.cnbc.com
Snyder to buy out other Washington owners, pending approval
FILE - Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder walks off the field before the start of an NFL football game against Dallas Cowboys in Landover, Md., in this Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, file photo. Dan Snyder is buying out the Washington Football Team's minority owners and will become the sole owner of the club. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)Dan Snyder will soon be the sole owner of the Washington Football Team. Fred Smith, Dwight Schar and Bob Rothman currently own 40.5% of Washington Football Inc. A new name — or making “Washington Football Team” permanent — is expected in time for the 2022 season.
Washington releases Comeback Player of the Year Alex Smith
FILE - Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) plays in an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, in this Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, file photo. Washington has informed Alex Smith the team is releasing the veteran quarterback, according to a person with direct knowledge of the decision. The NFL's Comeback Player of the Year hopes to continue playing next season at age 37. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)Washington released AP Comeback Player of the Year Alex Smith on Friday, a move that was expected but still provides a cold ending to the veteran quarterback's storybook tenure with the organization. Smith has thrown for 199 touchdowns, 109 interceptions and 35,650 yards in 14 NFL seasons for San Francisco, Kansas City and Washington.
Washington replacing cheerleading team with coed dance team
FILE - Washington Football Team cheerleaders perform before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md., in this Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, file photo. The Washington Football Team will not have cheerleaders for the 2021 season as part of an organizational rebranding. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr., File)Washington will not have cheerleaders for the first time since the NFL’s longest-running cheerleading team was founded in 1962, with a coed dance team taking its place. Wright has said he expects “Washington Football Team” to continue for 2021 with a new, permanent name to be ready in 2022. “My goal is to create this team, reinvent this team and make it more modern.”___AdMore AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Ex-Washington employees ask NFL to release report findings
Owner Dan Snyder hired lawyer Beth Wilkinson to conduct an independent investigation in July after several female former employees made allegations of workplace sexual harassment. The NFL in July took over control of the investigation. “There must be accountability for the actions we believe are detailed in this report,” the employees wrote in their letter to Goodell. AdSeventeen former employees signed the letter to Goodell by name and three others anonymously. “For its own credibility, it is crucial that the NFL release the investigative report, while also protecting from disclosure any witnesses who requested confidentiality.
QB Heinicke re-signs with Washington for $8.75M over 2 years
Washington re-signed quarterback Taylor Heinicke to an $8.75 million, two-year contract, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)Washington re-signed quarterback Taylor Heinicke on Wednesday to a two-year, $8.75 million contract. Heinicke was out of football and taking college classes online when Washington signed him to the practice squad in December. “We all saw how Taylor Heinicke played in the playoff game,” executive vice president of personnel and football Marty Hurney said. Signed to be the “quarantine quarterback," Heinicke went 12 of 19 for 137 yards and a touchdown in that game.
Washington Football Team's cheerleading program put on pause, report says
As the National Football League nears the wrap-up of a probe of allegations of sexual harassment and mistreatment of female employees by the Washington Football Team, the team's cheerleading program has been put on pause, CBS Washington, D.C. affiliate WUSA-TV reports. Keene's removal wasn't a result of that investigation, the sources told the station. The Washington Football Team cheerleaders preform on the second level in a socially isolated way during the New York Giants game versus the Washington Football Team on November 8, 2020, at FedEx Field in Landover, MD. Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty ImagesTeam officials said they're re-envisioning the cheerleading program and are hiring a consultant to help. The NFL took over the team's internal investigation into the allegations in September.cbsnews.com
The Latest: Washington's Smith is comeback player of 2020
The 36-year-old quarterback completed a remarkable comeback from a broken right leg that required 17 surgeries to repair. ___9:52 p.m.For turning around a moribund Cleveland franchise, overcoming injuries and COVID-19 concerns, Kevin Stefanski is The Associated Press 2020 NFL Coach of the Year. ___9:43 p.m.One of the well-earned spoils for Derrick Henry’s 2,000-yard rushing season is The Associated Press 2020 NFL Offensive Player of the Year honor. ___9:30 p.m.Aaron Donald has become such a dominant defensive tackle that he’s joined elite company in winning his third Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award. The Los Angeles Rams’ unanimous All-Pro added the 2020 top defensive player honor to his wins in 2017 and 2018.
Washington Football Team Coach Jennifer King, former Raiders CEO Amy Trask on changing the game
Washington Football Team Coach Jennifer King, former Raiders CEO Amy Trask on changing the game On Sunday, Sarah Thomas will become the first woman to ever officiate at a Super Bowl. Also making history, two female coaches for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Maral Javadifar and Lori Locust — will be on the field for the big game against the Kansas City Chiefs. "CBS This Morning: Saturday" co-host Dana Jacobson spoke with two other female trailblazers who have transformed America's most popular sport.cbsnews.com
Washington Football Team's Jennifer King becomes first full-time Black female assistant coach in NFL history
Jennifer King has become the NFL's first full-time Black female assistant coach after the Washington Football Team promoted her, the team announced Tuesday. King is now the team's assistant running backs coach after serving as a full-year coaching intern in 2020. pic.twitter.com/cnOvuxILQH — Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) January 26, 2021King also had a message for young women who are looking to one day become coaches in the NFL. Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera called King a "hard worker" and "quality person." "Coach King is well deserving of the promotion to assistant running backs coach," he said in a statement.cbsnews.com
Washington's King 1st Black female assistant position coach
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Washington promoted Jennifer King to assistant running backs coach Tuesday, making her the first Black female assistant position coach in the NFL. She is the second woman in league history to be an assistant position coach after Tampa Bay’s assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust. King spent the 2020 season as a full-year coaching intern under Ron Rivera and worked with running backs coach Randy Jordan. “I am very pleased to have coach King back to assist me full time in the running backs room,” Jordan said. Tampa Bay had two: Locust and assistant strength and conditioning coach Maral Javadifar, and coach Bruce Arians called women in coaching “the wave of the future.”“This game, it’s a tremendous game,” Rivera said.
Sarah Thomas set to become first woman to officiate a Super Bowl
FILE - Down judge Sarah Thomas is shown before an NFL football game between the Cleveland Browns and the Washington Football Team in Cleveland, in this Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, file photo. Sarah Thomas will cap her sixth NFL season by becoming the first female to officiate the Super Bowl in NFL history. Thomas, a down judge, is part of the officiating crew announced Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, by the NFL. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
Sarah Thomas to be 1st female to officiate at Super Bowl
Sarah Thomas will cap her sixth NFL season by becoming the first female to officiate the Super Bowl in NFL history. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)NEW YORK – Sarah Thomas will cap her sixth NFL season by becoming the first female to officiate the Super Bowl in NFL history. “Sarah Thomas has made history again as the first female Super Bowl official,” said Troy Vincent, Sr., the NFL's executive vice resident of football operations. "Her elite performance and commitment to excellence has earned her the right to officiate the Super Bowl. This will be the first Super Bowl for Coleman as well as Thomas and second for Cheffers, Bryan, Baynes, Hall and Paganelli.
ICYMI: A look back at Sunday's 60 Minutes
ICYMI: A look back at Sunday's 60 MinutesHow Washington is bolstering security for the inauguration; Then, former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund's account of the Capitol assault; And, Washington Football Team QB Alex Smith's comeback from nearly losing his leg.cbsnews.com
Washington Quarterback Alex Smith: The 60 Minutes Interview
Washington Quarterback Alex Smith: The 60 Minutes Interview Washington Football Team Quarterback Alex Smith was fighting for his leg and his life in November 2018 after he suffered a gruesome on field injury. Following thousands of hours of rehab and help from the U.S. Military, he defied expectations to make a return to the NFL, in one of the greatest sports comebacks ever. Norah O'Donnell reports.cbsnews.com
Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith describes his NFL comeback
After seventeen surgeries and nearly two years away from the game, quarterback Alex Smith overcame a nearly-career-ending leg injury to rejoin the Washington Football Team this season. 60 Minutes also talked with Smith's wife, Elizabeth, on Smith's recovery process and decision to go back out onto the field once he was medically cleared. Alex Smith's road back to professional football was long and uncertain. Alex Smith's wife, Elizabeth, was one such person. "It took a lot of time… but in the end, I realized that it was worth it to Alex," Elizabeth Smith explained.cbsnews.com
1/17/2021: Against All Enemies, The Threat, The Comeback
1/17/2021: Against All Enemies, The Threat, The Comeback How Washington is bolstering security for the inauguration; Then, former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund's account of the Capitol assault; And, Washington Football Team QB Alex Smith's comeback from nearly losing his legcbsnews.com
AP sources: Eagles won't be penalized for QB decisions
(AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Eagles won’t be penalized after the NFL looked into the way the team handled its quarterback decisions in the final regular-season game against Washington, two people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Both people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to reveal the conversations. The Eagles trailed by a field goal when Sudfeld, who hadn’t thrown a pass in a game since 2018, entered. Giants players and their fans were angry that Pederson benched Hurts, feeling the Eagles tanked. Eagles running back Miles Sanders, who was one of several starters inactive for the game, also was critical of Pederson’s decision to bench Hurts.
Brady vs. Brees: A matchup for the ages and aged
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)The NFL has never seen a playoff matchup quite like the upcoming one between Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Drew Brees’ New Orleans Saints. Brees has thrown for more yards than any QB in the regular season with 80,358 and ranks second in TD passes with 571. Brady holds the mark for touchdowns with 581 and trails only Brees in yardage with 79,204. The combined age of the starting quarterbacks will be an NFL-record 85, surpassing the 84 from their two starts in the regular season this season. The team that swept the regular season series won 14 of the previous 22 matchups, which bodes well for the Saints this week.
The Latest: Browns open 28-0 lead over Steelers
The Browns have raced to a 28-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns’ 28 points are the most by any team in the first quarter of a playoff game since the 1970 merger. So, this will be the first NFL playoff game ever pitting two quadragenarian quarterbacks. Drew Brees is trying to join Brett Favre and Tom Brady as quarterbacks to win a playoff game after turning 40. That was his third career playoff game with 150 or more rushing yards, one game shy of Hall of Famer Terrell Davis’ record.
The Latest: Longtime Penguins announcer out as precaution
___The Atlantic Coast Conference says Virginia’s women’s basketball game Tuesday against Wake Forest has been postponed and it has rescheduled the previously postponed Syracuse-North Carolina men’s basketball game for Tuesday. 19 Clemson has postponed men’s basketball games at North Carolina on Saturday and at Syracuse on Tuesday. LSU will visit Mississippi on Saturday night after both teams had their originally scheduled games postponed. ___The Washington women’s basketball team has postponed games scheduled at No. ___The Georgia State men’s basketball team postponed games against Troy on Friday and Saturday and paused all team activities following multiple positive COVID-19 tests.
Browns don't practice again as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on team
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield looks to throw during the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Cleveland. However, a league spokesman said Thursday there “is no change to the status of the game” at Heinz Field. As his first postseason appearance draws near, Mayfield said he's been doing all he can at home to get ready. For special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, Sunday's game is a scenario he knew was possible due to the pandemic. “Make no mistake, this is Kevin’s team,” said Priefer, a Cleveland native.
Washington beats the Eagles 20-14, captures NFC East title
Washington Football Team's Logan Thomas (82) catches a touchdown against Philadelphia Eagles' T.J. Edwards (57) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Philadelphia. Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes and Washington beat the Philadelphia Eagles 20-14 Sunday night to capture the lowly NFC East. Washington opened the season with a 27-17 victory over the Eagles. Dwayne Haskins started that game for Washington and Carson Wentz for Philadelphia. Eagles: They face difficult decisions in the offseason, including figuring out which quarterback they plan to build around for 2021.
Washington beaten by Panthers, fails to clinch NFC East
Haskins' failed second chance coupled with a special teams blunder and defensive miscues added up to Washington blowing its first chance to clinch the NFC East by losing to the Carolina Panthers 20-13 on Sunday. With Christian McCaffrey out again, Curtis Samuel had five catches for 106 yards and was the Panthers' leading rusher with 52 yards on seven carries. 2 pick forced Bridgewater to fumble on a sack in Washington territory early in the third quarter to prevent Carolina from putting up even more points. Washington: Played without top WR Terry McLaurin, who couldn't keep gutting through a nagging ankle injury. Washington: Gets another chance to win the NFC East next Sunday at Philadelphia.
Dwayne Haskins starts for Washington despite breaking rules
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Dwayne Haskins gets his second consecutive start for Washington with quarterback Alex Smith out again because of a right calf injury. Philadelphia receiver DeSean Jackon is active against Dallas after missing two months with an ankle injury. Harrison being inactive against the Rams comes as the Seahawks welcome defensive tackle Bryan Mone back from injured reserve following a lengthy stint because of an ankle injury. The Rams were without rookie running back Cam Akers, who had already been ruled out with an ankle injury. Washington: QB Alex Smith, RB Lamar Miller, WR Terry McLaurin, OT David Steinmetz, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB Thomas Davis.
Haskins fined, in line to start for Washington if needed
Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) as he prepares to throw the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)Dwayne Haskins was handed a hefty fine Wednesday for partying with several people not wearing a mask but will start at quarterback for Washington on Sunday if Alex Smith isn’t healthy enough to go. The organization fined Haskins $40,000 for violating COVID-19 protocols, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Washington can clinch the NFC East title Sunday if the New York Giants lose to Baltimore and it beats the Panthers. Smith had led Washington on a four-game winning streak before straining his right calf Dec. 13 against San Francisco.