Robert Griffin III says he was sexually harassed while playing for the Washington Football Team

Robert Griffin III


Quarterback Robert Griffin III says he experienced sexual harassment while playing for the Washington Football Team.

Earlier this week, Griffin announced the upcoming release of his book Survives Washington, which he said will “lead you through one of the most dysfunctional franchises in all sports.”

“I’m going to tell you the truth about what happened in that 2012 playoff game against Seattle,” he said in a video posted on Twitter. “I’m going to elaborate on the medical malpractice I received during my time in Washington. I want to open your eyes to the sexual harassment that permeated the walls of that building and give you a deep dive into a power struggle between a of the most powerful coaches in all sports and an owner that many of you want away. “

While some wondered if the sexual harassment Griffin was referring to was related to a 2020 study from Washington Post into similar accusations from more than a dozen women, the professional football player clarified Wednesday that the experience was his own.

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“Victims of sexual harassment should share their stories when they are ready, not when you want them to,” he wrote in a tweet. “The book is not about other people’s experiences of sexual harassment in Washington [sic] about my experience of sexual harassment in Washington. Hopefully you will listen. “

A spokesman for the Washington Football Team declined to comment for PEOPLE.

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Griffin played for the Washington Football Team from 2012 to 2014. The publication of his book, due out in August 2022, follows the conclusion of an independent investigation into allegations of toxic workplace culture within the team – which resulted in a $ 10 million fine.

The NFL said earlier in a statement that the investigation led Commissioner Roger Goodell to conclude that “for many years, the work environment on the Washington Football Team, both generally and especially for women, was very unprofessional.”

“Bullying and intimidation often took place, and many described the culture as a culture of fear, and several female employees reported experiencing sexual harassment and a general lack of respect in the workplace,” the statement said.

Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III


The investigation was ordered after d Washington Post published two reports on the team’s workplace environment last summer.

In a report released in July 2020, 15 women formerly employed by the Washington Football Team said they had been sexually harassed and verbally abused by executives. A follow-up report published in August 2020 contained testimony from 25 formerly employed women who allegedly witnessed or were subjected to sexual and verbal harassment.

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According to the league, the $ 10 million fine will be used “to support organizations engaged in character training, anti-bullying, healthy relationships and related topics. They will also fund programs that are more broadly aimed at improving the workplace, especially for women and others. under-represented teams and training and development programs throughout the league, with beneficiaries identified with the assistance of respected third-party advisers. “

Team owner Dan Snyder also promised to implement recommendations from attorney Beth Wilkinson, whose firm conducted the survey, which included frequent anonymous surveys on corporate culture, an expansion of HR and legal advice and a detailed plan to “protect” cheerleaders.

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