NFL

25 Times The NFL Proved Just How Slimy They Are

Darren - November 1, 2021
NFL

25 Times The NFL Proved Just How Slimy They Are

Darren - November 1, 2021
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3. Cheerleader Culture

Cheerleaders play a traditional role in football but they have become increasingly controversial over the years. In 2014, there was criticism when the NFL brought in in-seat cheerleader visits. Atlanta Chief Marketing Officer Jim Smith described it as a chance to purchase ‘experiences’ (via CBS Sports). It was an unfortunate use of language but this only touches the tip of the iceberg.

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Then there were scandals at various franchises. Angelina Rosa described how her Texans coach forcibly duct-taped her because she was skinny-fat. Several Saints cheerleaders also sued over workplace harassment. However, the worst came in Washington where coaches distributed inappropriate photos of the women in emails. The future of the profession is at stake and it’s not even the cheerleaders’ fault.

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2. Washington Harassment Scandal (2020)

The Washington Football Team brings slimy to the next level. Over a dozen women accused the organization of sexual harassment. Owner Dan Snyder found himself in the middle of the scandal after it took fire. In the end, the NFL fined the organization $10 million. However, they refused to release any of the thousands of emails they examined over the course of the investigation.

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Also, Washington allegedly tried to pay the women ‘hush’ money in a bid to make them go away. But they refused to back down. There were also multiple accusations of bullying after Snyder allegedly sneered at a colleague for having been a male cheerleader (via Sportsnaut). However, that was only the tip of the iceberg. It looks like things are getting worse for the franchise.

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1. Jon Gruden’s Emails (2021)

Former Raiders head coach Gruden rocked the NFL when his incredible emails emerged. The league investigated WFT President Bruce Allen but uncovered Gruden’s slimy communications. He used racist, homophobic, and sexist slurs throughout his exchanges with various notable football personalities. As a result, Gruden opted to resign from his role with the Raiders (via Sporting News).

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It was incredible because Raiders star Carl Nassib became the first active NFL player to come out a few months before. Meanwhile, Gruden also exchanged photos of scantily-clad women with Allen. Furthermore, the racist language was even more shocking because of the tense atmosphere in the United States. It was a ludicrous one but not all that surprising.

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