Dan Snyder and the Washington Commanders are the subject of ongoing investigations into allegations of workplace misconduct; A group statement in response to Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, said: “There is no reason for the Snyders to consider selling the franchise. And they won’t.”
Last Updated: 10/19/22 1:46 pm
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has said it’s “merited to remove” Dan Snyder from his position as owner of the Washington Commanders and that it should be “seriously considered” by the NFL.
Snyder has been the owner of the Washington franchise since 1999. Both he and the team are the subject of separate ongoing investigations into allegations of workplace misconduct, which are being conducted. by the United States House Oversight and Reform Committee and by former attorney Mary Jo White, on behalf of the NFL.
The NFL conducted an initial independent investigation into the group in 2020, by the firm of attorney Beth Wilkinson, which found Washington’s office culture to be toxic. Snyder and the team were fined $10 million but no written report of Wilkinson’s findings was published.
The lack of a written report prompted an investigation by Congress. Congress also held a roundtable in February, which included a new allegation of sexual misconduct by a former employee on the team against Snyder. He denied the allegation.
Irsay, speaking to reporters at the NFL’s Fall League Meeting in New York on Tuesday, was the first owner to make his views public on Snyder.
Irsay said: “I believe it helps to remove him as the owner. “It breaks my heart to see that – the founders of this league taught me, ‘You have to protect the game, you have to protect what we’re doing.” This is not what we are doing.
“I think it’s something that we have to look at, we have to look at all the evidence and we have to look closely going forward, but I think it’s something that needs to be taken seriously.”
Removing owners from the NFL required three-quarters of a vote from ownership (24 out of 32 votes). The team owners did not vote on the issue on Tuesday, and neither did Snyder attend the meeting.
Asked if he thought there would be enough support from others to get rid of Snyder, Irsay said: “I think there is a possibility. But we’ll see.
“I don’t know how long it’s going to take. We’re definitely going to scrutinize and look at everything. It could be at the March meeting – I don’t know – but I know we want to scrutinize and see. consider everything carefully.”
He added: “I just think that once the owners talk to each other, they’ll come to the right decision. Unfortunately, I believe that’s the path we may need to go down. and we just need to wrap up the investigation, but that concerns me the things that have happened there for the last 20 years.”
Commander: Irsay commented ‘very high inappropriate’
The Commanders released the following statement on Tuesday in response to Irsay’s comments, saying: “Very inappropriate, but not surprising, that Mr. Irsay chose to make public statements based on the on misinformation in the media.
“Unfortunately Mr Irsay decided to make his statement public today, while an investigation is underway and the research team has not had a chance to respond to the allegations.
“Commanders have made significant progress over the past two years. We are confident that given the opportunity to see the actual evidence in this case, Mr. Irsay will conclude that there is no reason for the Snyders to do so. consider selling the franchise. And they won’t.”
Irsay’s comment came less than a week later ESPN published an article alleging Snyder told people close to him that he had negative information about NFL owners and league executives, including commissioner Roger Goodell.
Snyder described the allegations in the article as “false” in a letter he sent to NFL ownership on Tuesday.
“It’s aimed at eroding the trust and goodwill among the owners, which I quite value,” added Snyder.
“I have never hired any private investigator to investigate any owner or trustee. I have never instructed or authorized my attorney to hire any private investigator. on my behalf for any such purpose. And I never will.”
Goodell told reporters Tuesday that there is no timeline for completing White’s investigation of Snyder and the Commanders.
When asked for his thoughts on Irsay’s comments, Goodell said “speculation without facts is not a very positive thing to do”.
“It’s an ongoing investigation,” Goodell added. “When Mary Jo White is done, we’ll share that with a membership and a public share like we’ve committed before.
“And I’m very clear that there’s no reason to have any speculation at this point or discussion until we have the facts. That’s my message to ownership and there’s a lot to it. little or no discussion.”