Dan Snyder – It’s not uncommon for a team to be sold for a large sum of money in sports, but no owner has had as much of an influence as Dan Snyder.
The issue has been tumultuous during his time as owner of the Washington Commanders (previously Washington Redskins).
The problems, along with Snyder’s current demands for the team’s sale, have fueled speculation that Snyder should be voted out as owner once again.
According to the Washington Post, Dan Snyder and his counsel are seeking guarantees from the NFL and fellow team owners that he would face no legal consequences if he sells the business.
Snyder’s demands appear to have enraged other owners, who have resumed discussions about voting to remove him as owner of the Washington Commanders.
They allegedly referred to his conduct as “absurd,” given that the franchise is still under investigation.
A string of controversies
The US House Oversight and Reform Committee issued a 79-page report in December saying that the league and the Commanders concealed decades of sexual misbehavior.
Snyder was accused of creating a “toxic” work environment and a “culture of terror.”.
The committee also found the organization liable for the following:
- Sexual harassment
- Other toxic conduct
Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) issued the following statement:
“Today’s report reflects the damning findings of the Committee’s yearlong investigation and shows how one of the most powerful organizations in America, the NFL, mishandled pervasive sexual harassment and misconduct at the Washington Commanders.”
Meanwhile, the Washington Commanders’ legal counsel, John Brownlee and Stuart Nash, issued the following statement:
“Those Congressional investigators demonstrate, almost immediately, that they were not interested in the truth, and were only interested in chasing headlines by pursuing one side of the story.”
“Today’s report is the predictable culmination of that one-sided approach.”
“There are no new revelations here,” the statement continued.
“The Committee persists in criticizing Mr. Snyder for declining to voluntarily appear at the Committee’s hearing last spring, notwithstanding Mr. Snyder’s agreement to sit, at a date chosen by the Committee, for an unprecedented 11 hours of questioning under oath.”
“The only two members of Congress who witnessed any part of that deposition, one Democrat and one Republican, both made public statements in the wake of the deposition characterizing Mr. Snyder’s answers as truthful, cooperative, and candid.”
“As is typical of the Committee, they have refused, despite our repeated requests to release the full transcript of Mr. Snyder’s deposition.”
“The Committee suggests that Mr. Snyder prevented witnesses from coming forward yet does not identify a single witness who did not come forward or who suffered a single adverse consequence for having done so.”
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Snyder bites back
ESPN reports that Dan Snyder hired detectives to investigate NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and other club owners.
The operation was apparently meant to gather data that may be used in the future.
Moreover, Snyder allegedly remarked, “They can’t **** with me,” during a private chat.
Dan Snyder slammed ESPN in a long email to NFL owners following the report.
“It is particularly shameful for ESPN to diminish the very real accomplishments of our President Jason Wright, who ESPN alleges was placed at the Commanders by the League and has no power to make real change,” Snyder wrote.
“I know you know this to be false. Unfortunately, ESPN ignored our efforts to correct the many falsehoods in their article before its publication.”
“There is one allegation in the ESPN article that I feel it is important to address immediately,” he continued.
“The article cited unnamed sources who said ‘They’ve been told that Snyder instructed his law firms to hire private investigators to look into other owners and Commissioner Goodell.'”
“That is patently false and intended to erode the trust and goodwill between owners that I take seriously.”
“I have never hired any private investigator to look into any owner or the Commissioner. I have never instructed or authorized my lawyers to hire any private investigator on my behalf for any such purpose. And I never would.”
Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, is now attempting to mediate between Dan Snyder and other NFL club owners.
He is attempting to negotiate a deal that will allow Dan Snyder to sell the Washington Commanders while leaving the NFL with no bad blood.
Dan Snyder is already getting private offer bids for the Washington Commanders.
According to the New York Post, one plan is for $5.5 billion.
Dan Snyder, on the other hand, wants at least $6 billion.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, on the other hand, was apparently interested in obtaining the Commanders but was not permitted to participate in the auction.
Snyder is said to be angry with Bezos, who owns the Washington Post and has published pieces in addition to the sexual harassment allegations.