US House Oversight Committee to Subpoena Commanders Owner Daniel Snyder to Testify Before Congress

US House Oversight Committee to Subpoena Commanders Owner Daniel Snyder to Testify Before Congress

Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder did not join NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in testifying before the US House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, despite requests to do so. Now, he will be legally bound to appear before Congress. Committee chair Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (DN.Y.) announced during Wednesday’s hearing that she will issue a subpoena for Snyder to testify in another deposition next week.

“Mr. Snyder’s refusal to testify sends a clear signal that he is more concerned with protecting himself than coming clean to the American public,” Maloney said. “If the NFL is unwilling to hold Mr. Snyder accountable, then I am prepared to do so. The Committee will not be deterred in its investigation to uncover the truth of workplace misconduct at the Washington Commanders.”

Goodell repeatedly responded to Maloney’s notion that Snyder has not been held accountable for his alleged role in Washington’s punishing work environment, arguing that the NFL imposed “unprecedented” discipline on the Commanders for their conduct. He added that Snyder has not attended league meetings since the NFL officially concluded its own investigation into misconduct within the organization and that, “to the best of my knowledge,” Snyder has not been involved in his own day-to-day operations. equipment.

Still, Maloney suggested that Washington, and Snyder in particular, have not been adequately sanctioned for alleged oversight and participation in a culture of pervasive harassment. He announced that the committee “uncovered evidence that Mr. Snyder conducted a shadow investigation to target his accusers, blame others and influence the NFL’s own internal review.” He also said the committee’s investigation “confirmed that commanders secretly created lewd cheerleading videos for Daniel Snyder’s private enjoyment.”

Maloney introduced two pieces of legislation, the Workplace Misconduct Liability Act and the Professional Image Protection Act, in response to the committee’s findings related to Washington.

“(Instead) of coming forward and taking responsibility for his actions,” Maloney said of Snyder, “he chose to leave town. Mr. Snyder is apparently in France, where he docked his luxury yacht near a resort town. That should tell you how much respect he has for women in the workplace.”

Snyder’s attorney previously announced that the Commanders owner would not be able to attend Wednesday’s hearing due to “a long-standing business conflict related to Commanders, but that Snyder “remains willing to cooperate with the committee” during its Washington investigation. The committee rejected an earlier request by Snyder’s legal team to delay the hearing over additional concerns about “questions (that would be) directed at Mr. Snyder.”

Asked if the NFL would commit to providing the full results of its Washington investigation to the Oversight Committee, Goodell expressed concern about the violation of the privacy of the unnamed victims who participated in the investigation. Maloney asked if Goodell would release documents from the commanders’ investigation like the NFL did with a 2014 investigation into the Miami Dolphins’ workplace conduct, but Goodell said “we are committed to protecting (the) identities.” of other accusers who remain anonymous.

After the subpoena, Tanya and Dan Snyder, along with Chairman Jason Wright sent a letter to the members of the organization where they highlighted the progress of the club in the last two years, while acknowledging the criticism that has rained down on the franchise.

“While we respect the Committee’s desire to learn more about how workplace culture issues can be addressed, some of the media commentary has portrayed our team in a harsh and negative light that does not reflect who we are. today as an organization,” the statement reads. “They also fail to acknowledge that over the past two years we have dedicated ourselves to making much-needed and significant changes to our workplace culture and improving our team-wide diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices.”

“…While the work to create and sustain a positive, empowering and inclusive culture at Washington Commanders will never be complete, we believe our track record shows a genuine example of how quickly and thoroughly a transformation of culture can occur.”

Commanders head coach Ron Rivera also released a declaration on Wednesday night, saying he was hired in January 2020 not only to win games, but also to change the culture of the Washington franchise, something he said started on his first day on the job. He also reiterated his support for Wright and said that by the time Wilkinson’s report was completed, the franchise had already implemented, or was in the process of implementing, the suggestions that came out of that report.

“These investigations into inappropriate workplace issues predate my employment,” Rivera wrote. “I can’t change the past, but I hope our fans, the NFL and Congress can see that we’re doing everything in our power to never repeat those workplace issues. And know that our employees are respected, valued and they can be heard. .”

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