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Commanders owner Daniel Snyder gave misleading testimony and meddled in House probe, report says

Daniel Snyder made misleading statements to congress when he testified as part of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s investigation into sexual harassment and hostile workplace allegations against the NFL’s Washington Commanders, according to a damning and wide-ranging report released Thursday.  

The Commanders created a ‘toxic work culture’ for more than two decades, according to the report, which claims the team ignored sexual misconduct by high-ranking men within the organization. 

Snyder was directly involved in the misconduct, the Committee claims, saying he inappropriately touched a former employee at a dinner and once requested a staff-produced video ‘of sexually suggestive footage of cheerleaders.’ 

The 58-year-old billionaire allegedly interfered in the NFL’s investigation stemming from 2020 allegations of rampant sexual harassment by executives. Specifically, Snyder is accused of ‘intimidating witnesses and blocking the production of documents.’

Daniel Snyder made misleading statements to congress when he testified as part of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s investigation into sexual harassment and hostile workplace allegations against the NFL’s Washington Commanders , according to a damning and wide-ranging report released Thursday

‘Despite this commitment, Mr. Snyder provided testimony to the Committee that was often evasive or misleading,’ read the report. ‘Mr. Snyder testified over 100 times that he did not know or could not recall basic facts about his role as owner of the Commanders. For example, although Mr. Snyder admitted to using private investigators, he testified that he was ”unaware” whom his investigators approached and did not ”remember” having conversations with his counsel about the individuals targeted.’

Publicizing their findings before the Republicans take over Congress next month, the Committee’s Democrats also accused the 58-year-old billionaire or his staff of leaking racially derogatory, years-old emails from former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, who was subsequently fired by that team. 

According to congressional testimony by former Commanders team president Bruce Allen, the recipient of the emails, Snyder made the leak to ‘send a message’ to Allen, one of his perceived enemies. 

‘According to Mr. Allen, Mr. Snyder’s actions signaled that ‘he owns me with these emails, which affect my coworkers, the alumni, my family and friends,’ read an excerpt from the 79-page report released Thursday.

Allen also testified that Snyder discussed using private investigators to accumulate information about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in an effort to gain leverage over the league as it investigated himself and the team. Furthermore, Allen claimed he was followed by Snyder’s private investigators.

‘The investigators told Mr. Allen that they were ”just here to follow you” and ”document your actions,” read the report. ‘Mr. Allen testified that Mr. Snyder commented on his plans to use of private investigators to follow other individuals, including Commissioner Roger Goodell.’

John Brownlee and Stuart Nash, the Commanders’ legal counsel, released a statement Thursday calling the committee’s investigation ‘one-sided’ and claiming that there were ‘no new revelations’ in the report.

‘And, ironically for an ‘investigative’ body, supposedly engaged in an ‘investigation,’ the investigators actually criticize the team and Mr. Snyder for providing evidence to the Committee — such as e-mails former team employees sent from their workplace accounts — that reveal the actual causes of the formerly dysfunctional workplace environment at the team,’ the statement said.

Publicizing their findings before the Republicans take over Congress next month, the Committee's Democrats also accused the 58-year-old billionaire or his staff of leaking racially derogatory, years-old emails from former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden (pictured), who was subsequently fired by that team. According to testimony by former Commanders team president Bruce Allen, the recipient of the emails, Snyder made the leak to 'send a message' to Allen, one of Snyder's perceived enemies

Publicizing their findings before the Republicans take over Congress next month, the Committee’s Democrats also accused the 58-year-old billionaire or his staff of leaking racially derogatory, years-old emails from former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden (pictured), who was subsequently fired by that team. According to testimony by former Commanders team president Bruce Allen, the recipient of the emails, Snyder made the leak to ‘send a message’ to Allen, one of Snyder’s perceived enemies

Former team president Bruce Allen (right in 2018) also testified that Snyder discussed using private investigators to accumulate information about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in an effort to gain leverage over the league as it investigated himself and the team. Furthermore, Allen claimed he was followed by Snyder's private investigators. Snyder (left) has enlisted an investment bank to help him look into selling the NFL franchise

Former team president Bruce Allen (right in 2018) also testified that Snyder discussed using private investigators to accumulate information about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in an effort to gain leverage over the league as it investigated himself and the team. Furthermore, Allen claimed he was followed by Snyder’s private investigators. Snyder (left) has enlisted an investment bank to help him look into selling the NFL franchise 

Congressman Byron Donalds (Republican-Florida), listens to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell testify remotely during the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing titled Tackling Toxic Workplaces: Examining the NFLs Handling of Workplace Misconduct at the Washington Commanders, in Rayburn Building on Wednesday, June 22

Congressman Byron Donalds (Republican-Florida), listens to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell testify remotely during the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing titled Tackling Toxic Workplaces: Examining the NFLs Handling of Workplace Misconduct at the Washington Commanders, in Rayburn Building on Wednesday, June 22

Sexual harassment allegations against team employees surfaced in 2020, and range from inappropriate comments to the creation of a lewd behind-the-scenes video from a cheerleader calendar shoot in 2008.

Furthermore, a former cheerleader also alleged that team owner Dan Snyder suggested that she join his ‘close friend’ in a hotel room in 2004 so they ‘could get to know each other.’

Those revelations prompted a team investigation handled independently by DC-area attorney Beth Wilkinson, but the league quickly assumed control of that probe with Wilkinson’s team reporting to the commissioner’s office.

The NFL then issued a $10 million fine to punish the club (which is worth an estimated $5.6 billion) and Snyder volunteered to cede day-to-day control of the team to his wife, Tanya.

But the league’s refusal to release a report on its investigation, citing privacy concerns of witnesses, prompted the Oversight Committee to launch its own investigation into the team, Snyder, and even the NFL.

Redskins cheerleaders seen dancing as part of a 2004 event, where Tiffany Bacon Scourby claims Snyder suggested she spend some time with a close friend of his in a nearby hotel room

Redskins cheerleaders seen dancing as part of a 2004 event, where Tiffany Bacon Scourby claims Snyder suggested she spend some time with a close friend of his in a nearby hotel room

Ex-Commanders employee Tiffani Johnston told Congress' Oversight Committee that Snyder once groped her thigh during a team dinner and pushed her toward his limousine with his hand on her lower back. Snyder has denied the allegation

Ex-Commanders employee Tiffani Johnston told Congress’ Oversight Committee that Snyder once groped her thigh during a team dinner and pushed her toward his limousine with his hand on her lower back. Snyder has denied the allegation 

That investigation has led to more allegations of sexual harassment. Specifically, former team employee Tiffani Johnston testified in February that Snyder grabbed her thigh at a team dinner and pressured her to get into a limousine – claims that Snyder has since denied.

Johnston’s testimony triggered a new league investigation that’s currently being led by Mary Jo White, a former US attorney and chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Republicans plan to drop the case when they take over the House in early January, and earlier this week, released a memo to the Committee’s GOP membership, claiming the Democrat-led probe ‘leaned on unsubstantiated allegations as fact.’

Recently Snyder and his wife Tanya enlisted Bank of America to explore selling part of all of the team, which he bought in 1999.

The team has been sued by the District of Columbia over an alleged scheme to improperly withhold security deposits from season-ticket holders. And last month, the team settled with the state of Maryland, agreeing to repay cheated season-ticket holders and a $250,000 fine stemming from a related investigation.

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