In a move that most people see coming, the US House of Representatives Oversight Committee will subpoena Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder to appear before Congress after he twice refused to appear at his first hearing on Wednesday.
“Mr Snyder’s refusal to testify sends a clear signal that he is more concerned with protecting himself than cleaning up in front of the American public,” House Speaker Carolyn Maloney said at a hearing on Thursday. Wednesday, through CBS Sports. “If the NFL does not want to hold Mr. Snyder accountable, I am prepared to do so. The Commission will not be prevented from conducting its investigation into uncovering the truth about the workplace misconduct of the Attorneys. Washington orders.”
Snyder has been under investigation since late last year for creating a toxic workplace around the Washington Commandos, as well as for sexually harassing and assaulting former female employees. His legal team turned down two previous invitations to appear at Wednesday’s hearing on the grounds that Snyder had overseas business that he could not reschedule. It was later revealed that he was attending a awards ceremony in France instead of.
“(Rather) instead of showing up and taking responsibility for his actions, he chose to ignore town,” Maloney said. “Obviously, Mr. Snyder is in France, where he has docked in his luxury yacht near a resort town. That will show you how much respect he has for women there. Workplace.”
Maloney also accused NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who was present to testify Wednesday, of not doing a good job investigating Snyder and the Commanders themselves. During Wednesday’s hearing, the committee revealed in a lengthy memo that Snyder conduct a shadow probe to steer the investigation away from himself and his conduct while overseeing the Commanders franchise.
There is still no word on the exact date Snyder is expected to appear before the committee.