Commissioner Roger Goodell: Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder has been held accountable

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday expressed his stance that the league appropriately handled the review and sanction of the Washington Football Team organization's improper workplace conduct.

The NFL fined the Washington franchise $10 million in July after the conclusion of the investigation into the team's workplace culture, led by independent counsel Beth Wilkinson, and Snyder has ceased being involved in day-to-day operations with the team, ceding daily functions to wife Tanya.

"I do think he's been held accountable for, I think the organization has been held accountable," Goodell said Tuesday, following the conclusion of the first day of the Fall League Meeting in New York. "And I think we've given an unprecedented fine. Dan Snyder has not been involved with the franchise for now almost four months. We, obviously, have focused more on making sure that the policies that they had, many of which they put into place prior to this investigation, but also coming out of it, were put into place and that they will be maintained, and that we can ensure that that will happen at this organization."

Put into place were semi-annual reporting obligations for the team in which it must show the progress of the club's implementation of protocols for reporting harassment, disciplinary action plans, regular culture surveys, harassment training and an expansion and empowerment of HR and legal.

The review has not been disclosed in full and Goodell said there was no written report on the Washington Football Team investigation and its findings to maintain security, privacy and anonymity.

"And that not only protects the investigation that you're going through, but it affects future investigations and the credibility of that," he said. "So, when you make a promise to protect the anonymity to make sure that we get the right information, you need to stand by that. And so we're very conscious of making sure that we're protecting those who came forth."

When asked if there was a way to release more info and still protect anonymity, Goodell reiterated he believes the review was handled in an appropriate manner, as was the punishment doled out.

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