The Premier League wasted little time on Monday announcing that there will be no additional punishment for chief executive Richard Scudamore in the wake of his sexist emails being made public last week.
The Premier League has said it is taking no further (?) disciplinary action against Richard Scudamore, and has again criticised his PA.— David Conn (@david_conn) May 19, 2014
Wait. Further disciplinary action? What was the initial disciplinary action? Did they not let him in their private clubhouse for a week?
As if that's not bad enough, the league doubled down on its move to accuse the assistant who released the emails of wrongdoing.
PL insist "the temporary PA had to search for [the emails] in a private email account she was not authorised to access." >> She denies that.— David Conn (@david_conn) May 19, 2014
Remember! Sexism isn't bad, but talking about sexism is DEFINITELY bad. Don't tell everyone that your sexist boss is sexist. The Premier League is basically saying she was asking for it.
But wait, there's more!
Premier League said women who work there had been extensively asked in this "review" and all said Richard Scudamore was "beyond reproach."— David Conn (@david_conn) May 19, 2014
Oh good, now they're using the old "We've got a lot of [x]
This is a really bad move on so many levels. First, we've got a league controlled by a bunch of rich men refusing to punish one of their own for degrading women. Second, they're blaming the woman who brought the emails to the public's attention by basically calling her a hacker.
The bottom line is that the Premier League had a chance to show that it will not tolerate sexism and the degradation of women in any form, and instead chose to circle the wagons to protect one of its own.
It's infuriating, it's disgusting, it's completely unacceptable, and somehow, it's completely unsurprising.