Snyder has not hired a new team president or general manager.
The exodus has not been limited to the front office. Larry Michael, the team’s longtime play-by-play radio announcer, resigned this week. In a statement, Michael, who was the voice of the team for 16 years, said he was “especially grateful to Dan Snyder for giving me the opportunity.” Michael was also the club’s chief content officer.
Michael declined to comment about the reason for his departure. The team did not issue a statement after he resigned.
It is unclear whether some or all of these departures are connected to the investigation. Wilkinson Walsh has represented the N.F.L. in a lawsuit brought by DirecTV Sunday Ticket subscribers, and before founding the firm, Beth Wilkinson represented the league in the extensive concussion lawsuit. ESPN first reported that Washington’s N.F.L. team had hired the firm.
It is not the first time the team has faced scrutiny over its workplace culture. In 2018, five former Washington cheerleaders spoke to The New York Times about their disturbing experience during a 2013 team calendar photo shoot in Costa Rica. The trip kicked off with team officials collecting the cheerleaders’ passports and depriving them of their official identification as soon as they arrived at their resort.
During the weeklong trip, male team sponsors were invited to watch topless photo shoots and the squad’s director one evening told cheerleaders to escort male sponsors to a nightclub. One of the cheerleaders said it felt like the team was “pimping us out,” because the women felt pressured to escort those sponsors, though sex was not involved.
In response to the report, the Washington team denied any wrongdoing, but still conducted a three-month investigation into its cheerleading program. A team spokesman said substantial changes to the program followed, including the organization no longer inviting sponsors on calendar shoots, and cheerleaders no longer being assigned to work at private events.
The last team to confirm it was undergoing a major internal review was the Panthers. In 2017, when allegations of sexual harassment were made against Jerry Richardson, the club’s founding owner, the team hired Erskine Bowles, a former White House chief of staff and one of the team’s minority shareholders, to lead an investigation into the claims. The league stepped in and hired a different law firm to take over, and Richardson sold the team the next year.