Two reports have emerged in recent weeks that many NFL team owners are poised to remove Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder from the ownership ranks. On Tuesday at the league’s fall meeting, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay became the first team owner to call for Snyder’s removal.
“I believe that removing him is the owner of [Commanders]”Irsay told reporters, Nicki Jhabvala by the Washington Post. “I think it’s something that we have to rethink. We must consider all the evidence and be thorough in proceeding. But I think it’s something that needs to be taken seriously.”
Irsay added that it was “seriously related” to the many alleged problems that have occurred over the past 20 years involving Snyder.
Snyder has been the subject of several investigations since the summer of 2020. The NFL conducted the first of two investigations into toxic office culture and team misconduct in July 2020 .
The investigation follows a Washington Post report on more than a dozen allegations by former group employees against Snyder and the group. Those results and their handling prompted the United States House of Representatives Oversight Committee launch an investigation this early year.
Following a congressional investigation, two former female employees make accusations sexual harassment and misconduct against Snyder. Those allegations prompted the NFL to open a second investigation into Snyder and his team. That investigation, which Irsay referred to, is ongoing and led by attorney Mary Jo White.
Snyder has also faced allegations of financial misconduct, including withholding allegedly shared ticket sales from the NFL. On Monday, the Washington Post reported that the office of the DC Attorney General plan for action against Snyder following an owner investigation this year.
Last month, the Article reported a “Significant change” among team owners about Snyder’s removal from the league. Last week, ESPN reported that Snyder had told associates he had “Dirty enough” about some owners, league executives, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell who could “blow up” the league if the owner came in after his ownership of the Commanders.
“I might care less,” Irsay declared. “You know, you can investigate me until the cows come home. That won’t help me. As for me, I just shrugged it off. It has nothing to do with me. So I don’t know about any of those. I’m just focusing on the issue in what happened in Washington, and for me, that’s very concerning.”
Irsay maintains the owners will await the results of the NFL’s latest investigation. The NFL will need 24 of its 31 owners to vote for Snyder.
When asked if there were enough votes to remove Snyder?
“I think there is a possibility,” Irsay replied. “But, we’ll see.”