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Dan Snyder is persona non grata to many NFL’s team owners, who want him removed as owner of the Washington Commanders. And all indications are that they are very close to achieving this with the government’s help.
An investigation by D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine into allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct in the Snyder-led workplace appears to have Snyder between a rock and a hard place.
Racine has been investigating Snyder and the Commanders since April, when they opened the investigation amid allegations of financial improprieties, which were detailed in a letter from the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform to the Federal Trade Commission.
Snyder can’t avoid being called to testify
According to CBS reports, the attorney general’s office is “moving full steam ahead” to ensure that Snyder and the Commanders “will soon face accountability for their actions.”
“Snyder will no longer be able to dodge subpoenas or avoid testifying or answering questions,” an anonymous source told the Washington Post.
Among the accusations against Snyder -who bought the team in May 1999- are allegations of lying about ticket sales for tax benefits, and alleged sexual misconduct, which he has denied.
Just last summer, the NFL fined the Commanders $10 million and banned Snyder from his ownership duties. This after an internal investigation prompted by more than 40 former employees who came forward with allegations of sexual harassment or discrimination.
Attorney Lisa Banks, who represents these former workers, commented:
“Many of my clients participated in this investigation, which appears to be extensive and thorough. We look forward to the D.C. Attorney General’s next steps and hope he succeeds where the NFL has failed to secure accountability for two decades of sexual misconduct.”
NFL conducts a second investigation
In addition to the Racine and House Committee investigations, the NFL is conducting a second investigation into the misconduct allegations, which is being conducted by former SEC Chair Mary Jo White.
Snyder has threatened to expose secrets of all NFL teams’ owners if they attempt to take the team from him, and has adamantly denied the allegations against him.