WNBA announces independent investigative committee to protect the WNBA’s “safe environment”

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In its report issued Friday evening, the WNBA announced the creation of an independent investigative committee to help ensure that the league’s “safe environment” is properly protected.

Its findings will be released Tuesday, the day after the WNBA board of governors meets in New York to take up league business until Sept. 23.

The committee, which includes former WNBA players and officials, has eight players from the most recent regular season and postseason, including two current pro-am players, on its members, according to league sources.

The committee’s mission is to look into “any and all allegations of a credible nature or behavior by any member of the WNBA, from the coaching staff or players,” the WNBA said in a memo sent to the media on Thursday morning.

All parties involved in the report will be allowed to submit written and oral statements, with a decision by the independent panel by the middle of next week.

In a statement provided to The Post-Journal, the WNBA said the committee has conducted a broad and “thorough review” of the league and its security and compliance programs, as well as the current state of play.

The committee “has not changed the focus,” “all members have been provided with an opportunity to speak and they have been given the opportunity to share their thoughts on the findings,” the WNBA said. The report will be available on the league’s website.

It will not, however, be released publicly because the committee has been asked by the league to use discretion in releasing information. The group is still “reviewing the report thoroughly before the executive committee can release it to the public,” the statement said.

The committee is led by WNBA Executive Vice President of Communications Kiki VanDeWeghe, who took the helm in May after the resignation of interim executive VP/Communications

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