The Chicago Bears are far from a perfect organization. They’ve made mistakes on and off the field. However, one thing they can say for certain? At least they aren’t the Washington Redskins. The Washington Post recently delivered a startling piece that exposed a culture rife with misogyny and sexual predator behavior. One guy was so bad, he had all the hallmarks of a possible rapist.
Most football fans outside of Washington probably won’t know the name Alex Santos. Up until the end of last season, he was the team’s director of pro personnel. During his tenure, he helped the team add notable names like DeAngelo Hall and Josh Norman. Nobody is ever going to remember him for that now though.
Instead, he’ll forever be pegged as a bonafide creep who openly tried to cheat on his wife and came dangerously close to forcing himself on multiple women.
In 2019, Santos was the subject of an internal investigation after Rhiannon Walker, a reporter for The Athletic, informed club management Santos had pinched her, told her she had “an ass like a wagon,” and repeatedly asked her to date him, Walker said in an interview with The Post. Nora Princiotti, a reporter for The Ringer who formerly covered the team, also said in an interview that she was harassed by Santos.
Alex Santos may never work in the NFL again
Keep in mind that the six women who spoke up about Santos are quite likely not the only ones Santos preyed upon. Odds are there are quite a few others who didn’t have the courage to say something. He was there for 14 seasons remember. How bad was it? Have a look at the different accounts.
Santos approached, she said, and the conversation started innocently. He showed her photos of his wife and young daughters on his phone, Walker recalled, reading from notes she later provided to her company’s lawyers describing the incident. Then Santos told Walker she had “worn the f—” out of her jeans the day before, she said, and asked if she would date him, if they were single.
“I told him that I do have a girlfriend, and he does have a wife, so we don’t need to play hypotheticals here,” Walker said. “I was pretty blunt.”
Santos kept attempting to flirt for several minutes and told Walker he would “wear me down with his charm,” she recalled. Then he pinched her on the hip, in full view of other team employees and reporters, she said.
Disgusted yet? Well in addition to being more than a little aggressive, he’s also apparently kind of a racist.
Princiotti, in a phone interview, said on two or three occasions, Santos pulled his SUV alongside her as she was walking out of Redskins Park, and offered commentary on her body and wardrobe.
“He told me I had a great ass for a little white girl,” Princiotti said. “The general sentiment was that I should wear less clothing.”
This went on and on. There were many incidents. It was obvious that Santos felt completely bulletproof. The Redskins had a massively understaffed Human Resources division and owner Daniel Snyder was notorious for acting ignorant of such matters.
One former female staffer said she received a text, one night after work, in which Santos told her he had wanted to kiss her that day in the break room. Another former female employee said Santos told her, as she was walking into the office one day, she had a “nice butt” and asked her to turn around for him.
One thing is for sure. That stuff wouldn’t fly in Chicago. If Virginia McCaskey had caught a whiff of that kind of behavior, Santos would’ve been unemployed so fast the media might’ve actually not seen it happen. The police may have even gotten involved. It’s unclear how this entire messed up situation will affect Snyder’s ownership of the team. One thing is for sure.
Firing Santos happened far, far later than it should’ve.