If you haven’t heard the news Congress is investigating the Washington Commanders about a toxic workplace environment. These allegations are from over 40 former employees and span the course of the past 20 years. With several former employees including former COO David Pauken testifying, and even NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Dan Snyder has yet to testify. With the original dates set, Snyder had previous commitments that conflicted. The Committee declined to change the dates originally set.
The two sides have yet to agree on terms for Snyder’s testimony for the investigation. Through his lawyer Karen Patton Seymour, he has offered two dates of July 28th or 29th, to be available via video. Snyder’s letter also cited due process concerns, which were not mentioned in detail. “We remain committed to securing Mr. Snyder’s testimony on the toxic work environment at the Washington Commanders following his failure to appear voluntarily at the Committee’s hearing and his continued refusal to allow his attorney to accept service of a subpoena.” says a committee spokesperson.
The NFL Investigation
Last year the NFL, after an internal investigation led by attorney Beth Wilkinson, fined the Commanders $10 million and forced Snyder to hand daily operations over to his wife Tanya. The NFL declined to release it’s findings publicly, which led to the House Oversight Committee review.
Goodell testified that the Commanders work culture was “not only unprofessional, but toxic for far too long.”. However he also states that the culture has changed and that Snyder “faced unprecedented discipline,”.
The House Oversight Committee Probe
This probe began in October of 2021 when after the NFL investigation Goodell declined to publicly release the findings. Goodell said they did not receive a written report to preserve the confidentiality of those involved.
The House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney said that Daniel Snyder not only fostered the “toxic culture”, but also “conducted a shadow investigation to target his accusers, pin the blame on others, and influence the NFL’s own internal review.”
With Snyder’s due process concerns, and no date set, who knows what’s in store for the future. Goodell and the NFL feel they have done their part and changed the Commanders culture, but that has yet to be seen. I wouldn’t be surprised if more interesting stories come out about Snyder, the Commanders, and other big names in the NFL.
The Commanders and Dan Snyder’s Future
With the allegations and investigations hopefully positive change has come, and will continue in Washington. I don’t know if Snyder will continue to own the team, or what other off field changes will happen. With the offseason acquisitions the team and fans are hopeful.
The Commanders future seems to be up in the air, both on and off the field.
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