Following are excerpts from the report from Special Counsel Philip B. Heymann to NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue: Introduction

On October 1, 1990, National Football League Commissioner Paul Tagliabue appointed Philip Heymann as Special Counsel to investigate the allegations of sexual harassment of Boston Herald reporter Lisa Olson by New England Patriots players. The Commissioner asked for answers to two questions. First, what happened in the Patriots locker room following the team practice on September 17, 1990? Second, how was the matter handled by the management and the ownership of the team? The Patriots and Lisa Olson

Lisa Olson is a 26-year-old sports reporter who has been employed by the Boston Herald for four years. In July, 1990, she began to cover the Patriots on a daily basis as a beat reporter.

As the season began, her relationship with the players appeared to be fine. One criticism was brought to the attention of the Patriots' management prior to the events of Sept. 17. Two players had complained to James Oldham, the Patriots' director of media relations, and to Patrick Sullivan, the Patriots' general manager, that they felt Olson was spending too much time in the locker room, standing around without interviewing anyone. They felt she was a "looker." . . .

After that {Indianapolis} game, on Sept. 16, when both players expressed their concerns to Oldham, he said he would talk to Olson. Olson explained to Oldham that she was looking for a particular player, linebacker Johnny Rembert, to interview on that day. The same two players also complained to Sullivan. Sullivan then watched Olson in the locker room. It appeared to him that she was . . . involved in perfectly normal reporting actions. He concluded that nothing needed to be done. Neither Oldham nor Sullivan ever reported back to the players who had complained about Olson. Neither . . . told the players, when they ran into them later, that Olson's behavior was entirely appropriate.

Thus, at the time of the incident on Sept. 17, a number of players were aware of criticisms that Olson was a "looker." Two players had made their complaints known to management, but they did not know that, after checking, Sullivan and Oldham had concluded that the complaints were unjustified. The Patriots management had made no effort to raise the problem with players to determine whether or not others had the same perception (as now some report) and, if so, to discuss whether the perception was correct and what should be done. The Events of September 17

Monday, September 17, was the day after the New England Patriots' first win of the 1990 season -- a 16-14 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. The players' routine for that Monday included lifting weights followed by a light workout at Foxboro Stadium, showers, and then team meetings to review the Colts game films. The incident in the Patriots' locker room involving players and Lisa Olson occurred while players were showering that afternoon. On that day Lisa Olson needed to interview Maurice Hurst, a Patriots cornerback who had made two interceptions the previous day in the game against the Colts. She asked James Oldham if Hurst could come to the media room for an interview. Hurst told Oldham that he was running behind in his weight lifting schedule and would be available after the team's workout. They had one-half hour to shower, dress, and go to their meetings.

After arriving in the locker room, Lisa Olson searched for, then walked over to, Hurst, whose locker is close to the scale. She recalls that she asked Hurst if he wanted to be interviewed in the hall or at his locker, and he replied at his locker. Hurst does not recall this conversation and states that the interview began immediately. The locker room was busy; most of the team was there . . . sometime in the short period between practice and the team meeting. A sizable number of these players could have observed or heard events in the vicinity of Hurst's locker.

Olson began the interview partially seated on the scale facing Maurice Hurst with her back to the shower area entry. She and Hurst made a joke because the scale began to register her weight. Olson then moved so that she was crouching in front of Maurice Hurst -- "like a baseball catcher" in the words of one player. At some point Olson sat down on the floor while in that location. In both instances Olson was keeping her back to the general locker room population.

When James Oldham arrived in the locker room and saw Olson seated on the floor, he approached her whispered "Stand up, Lisa," because he thought that it was inappropriate for her to sit on the floor. She then moved to the bench and sat to the right of Hurst (on the side away from the scale). Olson continued the interview facing Hurst, the scale, and the shower area entryway. There was no room on the bench on the other side of Hurst, facing away from the showers.

At least 22 players report that, at some point, they saw Olson interviewing Hurst while she was sitting on the bench. A number of them commented to neighbors in the locker room regarding her presence near the scales and the shower entry.

According to offensive lineman Bruce Armstrong, locker room neighbor of tight end Zeke Mowatt, Mowatt said, "Look at her. She's just watching. I'm going to tell her about herself."

At about the same time, emerging from the shower room and seeing Olson, cornerback Ronnie Lippett shouted repeatedly, "Cover your boys {genitals}, there is a lady in the locker room." He distributed towels to a number of players while repeating this phrase. A number of observers report that this shout quickly gave rise to a good deal of responsive banter. One player estimated that at least 10 players were involved in this joking . . . concerning Lisa Olson's presence down by the shower.

Olson looked up and saw Mowatt walking across the room looking at her with what she interpreted as a purposeful look in his eyes. Mowatt was not wearing a towel. . . .Fearing a confrontation with Mowatt, Olson turned to face Hurst more directly.

Mowatt's actions commanded the attention of a number of people. Nine of the people interviewed saw him walk toward the scale adjacent to where Olson was interviewing Hurst. James Oldham focused his attention on Mowatt, sensing that something might happen. . . .

Olson reports that in a few seconds someone was standing at arm's length from her at her side, naked, and saying in a low voice, "Here's what you want. Do you want to take a bite out of this?" She did not see who the person was, and we cannot conclusively identify the person. Other players were laughing. Some shouted in the background, "Make her look, make her look"; "Is she looking? Is she looking?"; and the like. Michael Timpson, who denied that he made any remarks directed at Lisa Olson, was one of the players who was shouting encouragement.

Moments later, as she lifted her head, Olson saw Mowatt on the scale. According to a number of players, he turned toward her and said, "You're not writing, you're looking." Olson did not hear this remark, although she saw him addressing her. He smiled and purposely displayed himself to her in a suggestive way. Laughter erupted and shouts from other players continued, especially, "Is she looking? Establishing Credibility

Mowatt's account of the same period is not credible. . . . He told the interviewers that, while crossing the threshold to the shower area, he commented to no one in particular: "She is not writing, she is watching." He said that his comment was not directed at Olson, but rather was in response to Lippett's loud and repeated comment . . ."

Subsequently several other players separately walked nude past Olson on their way to the shower. We believe Olson's account that two or three players, whom we cannot identify, paused and "modeled" themselves briefly in some fashion. Hurst refers to some players making inappropriate comments as they passed. Several observers reported to interviewers that other players shouted, "Did she look, did she look?"; "Get her to look"; "That's what she wants"; "Is she looking? Is she looking?"; and similar phrases. Throughout this period, Olson kept her eyes down and attempted to maintain her composure. She tried, unsuccessfully, to continue interviewing Hurst.

While Lisa Olson was still interviewing Hurst, running back Robert Perryman stood up, nearby but unseen by Olson, and -- according to one viewer -- "adjusted" his genitals and -- according to another -- shook his hips in an exaggerated fashion, eliciting further laughter. Perryman denied to the investigators any involvement in the incident.

No one tried to bring the humiliating activity around Lisa Olson to a stop. Neither players nor management personnel said or did anything. Finally, according to Olson, she felt she could not take any more and abruptly ended her meeting with Hurst.

According to Olson, on leaving the locker room, she immediately said to James Oldham, "Did you see all that or am I imagining it?" Oldham said, "Nope, I saw it all." Olson then said, "It was Zeke Mowatt, right?" and Oldham responded, "Yes." Olson said, "Who was doing all the yelling?" and Oldham responded "Michael Timpson." Olson said, "Who else? Who are the other guys?" and Oldham responded, "I really can't say" or "I probably shouldn't say."

Oldham recalls only some of this. According to Oldham, he confirmed Mowatt's role and said that he recognized Michael Timpson's shouting. Then he promised Olson that he would immediately inform the team's General Manager, Patrick Sullivan, about the incident.