New York Jets owner Woody Johnson denies he used racist and sexist language via allegations that surfaced Wednesday.
“I have followed the ethical rules and requirements of my office at all times,” Johnson stated from his official Twitter account on Wednesday. “These false claims of insensitive remarks about race and gender are totally inconsistent with my longstanding record and values.”
I have 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.
— Ambassador Johnson (@USAmbUK) July 22, 2020
The allegations surfaced Wednesday thanks to a CNN report. Headlining the complaints were that Johnson made “racist and sexist comments to staff” and used “his government position to benefit the president’s personal business in the U.K.”
The Jets’ best player, Jamal Adams, called out his employer on Twitter upon hearing the news.
We need the RIGHT people at the top. Wrong is wrong! https://t.co/iMpPfHzRV9
— Jamal Adams (@Prez) July 22, 2020
“We need the right people at the top. Wrong is wrong,” Adams tweeted.
CNN cited a source that claims Johnson said some “pretty sexist, racist things.”
Johnson has served as Donald Trump’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom since he came into office in 2017. Woody’s brother, Christopher Johnson, has led the way at the top for the Jets organization in his place.
The Jets have since released an official statement in conjunction with Woody Johnson’s denial.
— Robby Sabo (@RobbySabo) July 22, 2020
“Since the Johnson family became owners of the New York Jets, the organization has consistently and actively supported, engaged and encouraged the development of many different social justice, diversity, somen’s, and inclusion initiatives. These initiatives have been implemented internally and in our community. One of our fundamental principles is treating employers, players, coaches and fans with respect and dignity, regardless of their race, color, religion, or gender. These principles have been established by the Johnson family, which Woody implemented in our organization over the past 20 years.”