The Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder is in a world of trouble, recently there were rumors circulating that the owner’s position is in a very fragile position given his history of sexual allegations and misconduct, and the remainder of the NFL team owners are looking to pull any string possible to ensure that he loses his ownership position. The league office is also looking into him and the Commissioner is also nearing the end of his rope as Snyder has been given multiple chances.
Earlier today, The Washington Post got its hands on a letter that had a detailed account of all the sexual allegations that were made against the Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder in 2009. A woman had accused the owner of sexually harassing and assaulting her on a team plane in 2009 and she was paid off $1.6 million to not make much noise. These allegations were reported first towards the end of 2022.
Snyder has denied all allegations and continues to claim his innocence:
Certain specifics of the allegations had not been disclosed until now, the settlement had been revealed in legal filings relating to more recent investigations of the team. The woman had agreed not to sue the team or disclose her allegations as a part of the final agreement.
The Commanders owner denied the allegations levied and as per the attorney’s letter along with a team investigation has accused the woman of ‘making up claims’ to extort the wealthy operator. The contents of this letter became public a day ahead of the hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform which is investigating the team’s workplace culture. Dan Snyder had declined an invitation to testify and the NFL’s Commissioner, Roger Goodell will be testifying remotely.
The league fined the team a total of $10 million and Snyder stepped away from its day-to-day operations following an investigation by attorney Beth Wilkinson that revealed a workplace culture where women were abused and mistreated. The league has, however, declined to release any written reports of her findings.
The committee unearthed multiple allegations of sexual harassment by Dan Snyder, a former team employee who told the committee that the owner groped her at a team dinner and attempted to force her into his limousine. This led to a new investigation of the Commanders franchise ordered by the NFL that is led by Mary Jo White a former U.S. attorney and chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
White has also been looking into allegations of financial irregularities made by the president of sales for the team. The NFL will be making all her findings public. The letter obtained by the source was written by Howard Shapiro, an attorney at WilmerHale, the law firm that helped the team investigate the woman’s allegations. Shapiro went on to write that her allegations were all ‘knowingly false.’
As per the letter, the woman accused Daniel Snyder of asking her for sexual favors, groping her, and attempting to take her clothes off in a private and partitioned area at the back of a team plane during a return flight from Las Vegas.
The letter went on to state that none of the other passengers on the flight supported the woman’s story. Others claimed the door to the back area of the plane was open for the entire flight and other passengers and flight attendants were frequently present in that section. Snyder is in a world of trouble as the allegations seem to e mounting against him while the patience of other NFL owners and the league office seems to be reducing by the day.