Fritz Pollard Alliance 'troubled' by allegations against Jets owner Woody Johnson


Johnson did not deny the allegations when asked about them by CNN.

One of those instances included comments he made ahead of the U.S. embassy's 2018 commemoration of Black History Months in which he allegedly asked agitatedly if those who would be in attendance would be "a whole bunch of Black people", an anonymous source told CNN.

The New York Jets have released a formal statement in regards to the allegations against team owner Woody Johnson, who has been accused of racism, sexism and corruption while serving at his post as the United States' ambassador to the United Kingdom, which he denied.

"The Fritz Pollard Alliance is deeply troubled by allegations of insensitive remarks about race and gender made by New York Jets Owner Woody Johnson while serving overseas as a U.S. Ambassador", Carson and Graves said in a statement issued early Thursday.

According to the report, some of Johnson's remarks about women's physical appearances were "cringeworthy" and it was a process to get Johnson to agree to an event for International Women's Day.

Mr Johnson has been Washington's ambassador in London since November 2017 and this week hosted US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the capital.

One former embassy employee said Johnson's questionable behavior and comments toward and about women and minorities were not isolated and were witnessed by numerous staffers on a weekly, if not daily, basis.

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"The Fritz Pollard Alliance is deeply troubled by allegations of insensitive remarks about race and gender made by [Johnson].", the statement said.

In a statement, the United Kingdom government denied those claims, saying "Mr. Johnson made no request of Mr. Mundell regarding the British Open or any other sporting event".

"I have followed the ethical rules and requirements of my office at all times".

British officials have disputed that Mr Johnson mentioned any sporting events in his conversations with them, and the golf tournament was not awarded to Turnberry.

Johnson did not directly address these claims either, and issued a statement saying it is the "honor of a lifetime" to represent the the U.K. He praised the "extraordinary work that each and every member of the team does to strengthen and deepen our vital alliance with the United Kingdom".

Asked about the allegation at a White House press conference on Wednesday, President Trump said he had never spoken to Mr Johnson about the matter. "And I never spoke to Woody Johnson about doing that. No". Johnson was investigated by State Department watchdogs.

"Ambassador Johnson is a valued member of the team who has led Mission UK honourably and professionally", it said.