Jets Owner Woody Johnson Reportedly Investigated for Racist and Sexist Comments

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SJ - July 22, 2020

Jets owner Woody Johnson, who is also President Trump's ambassador to the United Kingdom, was reportedly investigated recently by the State Department watchdog.  According to CNN, the investigation came after allegations that he made racist and sexist comments to staff.

On top of that Johnson has been accused of using his position as ambassador to benefit Trump;s personal business in the United Kingdom.

From CNN:

Robert Wood "Woody" Johnson, the top envoy since August 2017 to one of the United States' most important allies, made racist generalizations about Black men and questioned why the Black community celebrates Black History Month, according to exclusive new information shared with CNN by three sources and a diplomat familiar with the complaints to the State Department inspector general.

His comments about women's looks have been "cringeworthy," a source with knowledge of the situation said, and two sources said it was a struggle to get him on board for an event for International Women's Day.

"He's said some pretty sexist, racist," things, the diplomat with knowledge of the complaints made to the IG said of Johnson, an heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune and one of the owners of the New York Jets.

Asked about the specific allegations reported by CNN, Johnson did not deny them. He called it an "honor of a lifetime" to serve as ambassador and "to lead the talented, diverse team of the U.S. Mission to the United Kingdom." Johnson called the team "the best in diplomacy" adding, "I greatly value the extraordinary work that each and every member of the team does to strengthen and deepen our vital alliance."

The lack of a denial by Johnson certainly isn't a good look.  I would imagine that it's not going to sit well with Jets players.  I would also imagine that it could serve as an opportunity for fans to demand that he sells the team.

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