A discrimination lawsuit filed by former NFL Films human resources employee Victoria Russell claims the production company has a database of lewd footage of female fans and cheerleaders.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the former temporary worker claims NFL Films had a database of timestamps on its footage with the following descriptions:
• cheerleaders buttocks
• cheerleaders rear end
• female fan in bikini top
• naughty camera work
• close up of cheerleader’s breasts; cleavage shot
• shot of endowed woman
• random woman, cleavage shot
Naturally, the NFL denies any wrongdoing.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said images are marked as “sensitive” to ensure they won’t be used in future content and are no longer accessible for productions. He also said that a number of the descriptions that Russell alleged are used are inaccurate. NFL Films logs every frame of footage shot by its camera people and broadcast networks, he said, and that inevitably includes images that may not be appropriate for inclusion in videos.
“Those frames are logged as ‘sensitive’ so that they can be removed from circulation, meaning they will not be accessible to employees whose job it is to locate footage for productions,” McCarthy said. “Ms. Russell didn’t have credentials for the logging system, nor did any aspect of her responsibilities involve accessing footage.”
Considering Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder allegedly had someone in his organization secretly produce an explicit video of the team’s cheerleaders, and Jon Gruden reportedly received photos of topless Washington cheerleaders from team executive Bruce Allen, and the NFL has done practically nothing about those allegations, why would they now admit to this?
Heck, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform outright claimed the videos exist and that the NFL is in possession of them, but refuses to turn them over to the committee.
Russell, who worked for NFL Films between 2018 and 2022, also “alleges that she was denied a dedicated workspace, pay raises and advancement opportunities that white and male employees enjoyed. She says she was abruptly fired after she complained to the league’s chief diversity officer, six months after she had received a promotion that she said was significantly delayed, while she was pregnant, and without having received any warnings about her performance.”
The NFL denies discriminating or retaliating against her.