Jets general manager Joe Douglas became the first member of the Jets organization to publicly speak on the racist and sexist allegations against Woody Johnson.
Douglas said that he believes Christopher Johnson, who told the GM that “his brother would never make comments like that of any sort” in a call after the allegations surfaced.
“I was late to seeing anything that came out last week,” Douglas said. “I received a call from Christopher [Johnson] and just him outlining what was being said and him absolutely saying that’s not what we’re about and that’s not what the Johnson family is about.”
“I report to Christopher and our relationship is outstanding,” Douglas said. “Like I said in the opening statement, I take him at his word, 100 percent.”
Johnson, who has essentially been absent from the team since 2017 while serving as President Trump’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, was accused of racist and sexist remarks in a story by the New York Times on July 22. Johnson was alleged to have asked why African Americans feel the need to have Black History Month and reportedly made inappropriate comments towards his female colleagues.
“Mr. Johnson’s throwback style has been criticized as offensive,” the Times wrote. “There have been complaints that he complimented the appearances of female employees during staff meetings, and after interviewing a candidate... he asked a colleague whether she was Jewish.”
Woody Johnson has left his brother and Douglas — one of his most visible employees — to the wolves when it comes to the actions that he allegedly committed. Douglas is not in the crosshairs as an enemy here, but Johnson should be the one shouldering the burden of the allegations against him.
The fact that he hasn’t is a bit concerning.
For now, Douglas is echoing the sentiment of the Johnson family, who obviously have a stake in this to protect their reputation.
Time will tell who is on the right side of history with the serious allegations made against Woody Johnson.
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