Lisa Banks, Debra Katz threaten legal action against NFL – NBC Sports

Lisa Banks, Debra Katz threaten legal action against NFL - NBC Sports

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The NFL seems worried about being sued by Commanders owner Daniel Snyder if the league tries to get him out. The NFL apparently should also be worried about being sued by former commanders employees.

Attorneys Lisa Banks and Debra Katz sent a letter to commissioner Roger Goodell threatening a lawsuit against the league for the possible disclosure of the names of clients who cooperated with attorney Beth Wilkinson’s investigation of Snyder.

The letter refers to the recent ESPN article, which claims among many other things that “Snyder used the Beth Wilkinson survey as a ‘tip sheet’ to compile his ‘enemy list’ and create his 100-image presentation.”

“If true, this was a clear violation of a very specific promise the NFL made to our clients, through Ms. Wilkinson and her team, that witness names would be kept confidential and not shared with Mr. Snyder or the Washington Commanders,” the lawyers wrote to Goodell. “It was based solely on this assurance that many of our clients agreed to participate in the investigation because they feared reprisals if their names were revealed.

“This fear was apparently well founded. After participating in the investigation, and after the NFL revealed witness names, several of our clients were harassed by private investigators, some were publicly vilified and/or removed from team alumni groups, and at least one who still worked for the team , was dismissed. . We now know why. If true, the “tip sheet” allegation is not only morally reprehensible, but it also provides the basis for us to take legal action against the NFL, which we will do because of the significant harm caused to our customers by their reliance on the promises of the NFL. .”

The letter also points out the hypocrisy inherent in the league’s stubborn refusal to release any of Beth Wilkinson’s report due to the claim that confidentiality was promised to certain witnesses and the league’s alleged failure to keep specific names away from Snyder.

“In the interest of full disclosure, you can and must release the report prepared by Beth Wilkinson, just as you committed to doing with the Mary Jo White investigation, and redact or anonymize witnesses, however necessary. Otherwise, you must give an honest explanation of your refusal to do so,” the layers wrote.

The letter ended with a renewed request to meet with Goodell. And here’s the hammer: “If you ignore our request, as you have done with our past requests to speak with you directly, we will assume that the reporting of [ESPN] is true and we will move forward with formal legal action on behalf of our clients.”

The league has consistently maintained that the promises of anonymity require all facts of the Wilkinson report to be kept secret. That weak argument becomes even weaker if anonymity was completely disregarded when it came to the person the former employees wanted to be protected from.

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