Ex-NFL cheerleader photos spark controversy after House Republicans included them in a memo and attorneys for the cheerleaders said they were “sexualized.”
The letter, first received from NBC Newswas sent by cheerleading attorneys to James Comer, senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform for the US House of Representatives in Washington DC
Read the letter here.
According to NBC News, the GOP report was released on Dec. 7, 2022, before a Democrat-led committee report criticized the team’s work culture. NBC News reported that the GOP report “placed black boxes over the women’s faces and some body parts.”
The Democrats’ lengthy report, which you can read here, says: “Dozens of Commanders employees have been harmed by a toxic work culture for more than two decades. The owner of the team has allowed and participated in this disturbing behavior.” Find house notes and reports here Here.
Here’s what you need to know:
The letter states that the photos show “woman’s breasts” and private parts
The attorneys’ letter said the GOP included the photos “gratuitously and inexplicably” in a memorandum dated December 7, 2022.
“While we recognize the authority of Republican members to release a memorandum in response to the committee’s final report on its investigation into the Washington Commanders’ toxic work culture, we strongly object to the sexualized and suggestive photos that the GOP has gratuitously and inexplicably attached Memorandum dated December 7, 2022,” they wrote.
The letter said the photos “show women’s breasts, buttocks and genital areas” and that they were “apparently distributed to further team owner Daniel Snyder’s persistent but discredited narrative that Bruce Allen, and not Mr. Snyder, was responsible for the.” sexually hostile and misogynist team culture.”
The attorneys represent more than 40 former Washington Commanders employees
The attorneys, Lisa J. Banks and Debra S. Katz, wrote that they represent “more than 40 former Washington Commander staffers, six of whom testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on February 3, 2022, and many others who spoke about it over the past year, committee members and staff from both parties met and testified in connection with the committee’s investigation into the Washington Commanders’ toxic work culture and the NFL’s sluggish response and cover-up of this scandal.”
It appears that “some of our clients are represented in these photos, which feature numerous cheerleaders from the Commanders and other NFL teams along with other unidentifiable women,” they wrote.
“Our customers are both humiliated and outraged at the GOP’s reckless dissemination of these photos in an official convention document. They also feel retaliated by members of the Republican Committee, who appear to have chosen to publicly embarrass them for coming forward,” they wrote.
“There was simply no legitimate reason for GOP members to do this and it has caused our customers additional and unnecessary pain. Our clients believe the release of these photos was a desperate attempt to protect Mr. Snyder from the damning findings in the committee’s final report, at their expense.”
The lawyers say the distribution of the photos would lead to “sexual exploitation”.
Lawyers said the distribution of the images amounted to sexual exploitation of the cheerleaders.
“We must also note that if Republican Committee members truly believed that Mr. Allen’s distribution of these emails and images — which your memorandum describes as ‘incredibly offensive’ — proves that he was the one who did the sexually hostile.” working environment in the team, why would you think it appropriate to further disseminate these sexualized images in a Congressional Office document? They write.
The lawyers continued:
Obviously these photos could have been referenced in the memorandum but not attached. Rather than being considerate of the many women who have come forward to the committee to share their experiences of objectification and sexual exploitation while employed on the team, Republican members of the committee chose to subject them to more of the same.
We demand that these photos – which have no place in any official committee document – are immediately removed from Congress servers, websites and, where appropriate, Congress records. Our customers also want assurance that these photos will never be used in this way again.
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