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Anonymous email calls out Stanford for issuing bonuses to football, basketball staff

Stanford is drawing criticism for handing out bonuses to staff members who traveled with the football and both basketball teams throughout the pandemic. With the university set to cut 11 of its sports programs, there is internal concern about the hypocrisy of handing out bonuses amid a financial crunch.



a group of people playing a game of basketball: Stanford guard Kiana Williams shoots against Oregon during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Santa Cruz, Calif., Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)


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Stanford guard Kiana Williams shoots against Oregon during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Santa Cruz, Calif., Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

An anonymous Stanford staffer sent an email that circulated through the Stanford athletic department expressing concern about the bonuses and department leadership, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The email also stated the bonuses were worth up to $5,000, but a Stanford statement disputed that figure.

Stanford did confirm that the university awarded bonuses to staffers traveling with the football and basketball teams:

“The scope and value of

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