This one takes the cake ...
The scandals for the Washington Football Team and owner Dan Snyder just keep coming, raising the question of when it will finally be enough to pressure Snyder into selling the NFL franchise.
According to former employee Brad Baker in an interview with The Washington Post, the team's senior vice president and lead broadcaster Larry Michael instructed his staff to create a special video for Snyder, featuring partially nude photos of cheerleaders.
"Larry said something to the effect of, 'We have a special project that we need to get done for the owner today: He needs us to get the good bits of the behind-the-scenes video from the cheerleader shoot onto a DVD for him,'" Baker said.
In 2008, the cheerleaders posed for the team's annual swimsuit calendar, knowing that a fun, official video (called "Beauties on the Beach") was being made of the photo shoot. But all the extra footage with wardrobe malfunctions and mishaps (i.e., exposed nipples) was also being collected. Baker alleges that it was those pieces that were eventually assembled into a separate 10-minute private video at Michael's request, on behalf of Snyder.
But then, it gets worse. Apparently, two years later, the 2010 Beauties on the Beach video also had a concurrent outtakes version produced, then burned to a DVD which was labeled "For Executive Meeting." The Post reports that they actually have a copy of that video, which features a shot of a cheerleader's naked crotch area, painted gold.
The team has not responded to the Post's request for comment. Meanwhile, Michael denies that he ever asked his staff to produce such videos.
This is just the latest in a long line of allegations against the Washington Football Team, which has been sinking in trouble and controversy over the last few months. Former cheerleaders have come out with multiple stories of systemic sexism and sexual harassment at the hands of the team's leadership. In addition, the franchise did away with the name, The Washington Redskins, over the summer, after it was deemed racist.
Then, just last week, head coach Ron Rivera announced that he is battling cancer, though he is expected to make a full recovery.
What do you think? Is it time for Snyder to throw in the towel? Do you believe Baker's story? Tell us in the comments!