Team owner Woody Johnson is reported to be under investigation by a State Department watchdog following allegations that he made racist and sexist comments while serving as an ambassador to the United Kingdom according to a CNN report. You know it was CNN because they also added that Johnson also sought to have the Open Championship played at a golf resort owned by President Donald Trump—because to that network—they are apparently equally egregious.
Among the serious allegations are that Johnson made racist comments about Black men and questioned the purpose of Black History Month. He allegedly argued that Black fathers don't remain with their families, calling that the "real challenge."
CNN reported that Johnson would comment on women's appearances at the embassy and public events and that he said he preferred working with women because they are cheaper and work harder. Johnson reportedly would hold gatherings at a men's-only club, preventing female diplomats from attending, before he was told by another diplomat to stop the practice.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Johnson said denied the report saying he has "followed the ethical rules and requirements of my office at all times."
"These false claims of insensitive remarks about race and gender are totally inconsistent with my longstanding record and values," he wrote.
The Jets said they are aware of the allegations against Johnson and noted his denial of them.
Johnson, who purchased the team in 2000 for $635 million, has not played an active role with the Jets since taking the ambassadorship. His younger brother, Christopher Johnson, who is a minority owner, has assumed the role of chairman and CEO of the Jets and has been handling the day-to-day operations of the team.
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