Commanders owner Dan Snyder defies NFL by ignoring penalty terms, creating internal problems, report says

After completing its investigation of Washington COs for workplace misconduct last year, the NFL issued an unprecedented penalty. Not only did the league fine the organization of an NFL record of $10 millionbut owner Dan Snyder also agreed to relinquish day-to-day control of the team’s operations.

Although Snyder accepted the punishment as part of a deal with Roger Goodell, it seems he didn’t exactly deliver on his end of the bargain. According to a damning ESPN story that was published Thursday, Snyder was defiant on a number of issues, including his punishment.

A key piece of the story notes that the Carson Wentz trade only happened because Snyder pushed him, even though due to his punishment he was supposed to have had no say in the moves. of staff, not to mention one of the biggest jobs of the off-season.

Wentz’s trade fell on March 9 and if Snyder was involved, he not only openly defied the NFL’s punishment, but he did the job so covertly that Goodell wasn’t even aware of it. Twenty days after the trade, the NFL commissioner was asked if Snyder had complied with his punishment, and Goodell seemed to believe the answer to that question was yes.

“Dan Snyder was not involved in day-to-day operations,” Goodell said on March 29, via PFT. “Don’t believe he’s been in the establishment at all, and when we continue to have league issues, Tanya has represented the team as CEO both day to day but also here and that. will continue for at least the foreseeable future, but Dan and I will talk about it at some point.”

If ESPN’s story is correct, then Snyder violated the terms of his sentence by passing off the trade in open defiance of the commissioner. However, the commanders denied this part of the story. According to coach Ron Rivera, the decision to get Wentz was led by him.

“Before free agency started, I went to Dan and Tanya and told them that Carson Wentz was one of the quarterbacks at the top of our roster, and as always, the Snyders were supportive of our vision to build that roster. “Rivera said.

Even that statement doesn’t necessarily clear things up, though. If Snyder isn’t allowed to be involved in team operations, he probably shouldn’t meet with Rivera about key personnel decisions.

Snyder has somehow been able to stay on as owner despite multiple controversies throughout his difficult tenure, which began when he bought the team in 1999. Not only did he handle the investigation into the misconduct at work which led to his punishment, but he was also accused of sexual harassment and the team was accused of financial irregularities.

NFL owners could vote to oust Snyder, but they haven’t done so yet despite all the allegations. According to ESPN’s story, one of the reasons Snyder is still around is because the Commanders owner thinks he has enough ‘dirt’ on Goodell and other owners that would allow him to ‘blow it up’. the NFL, and because of that, the league’s other 31 owners were hesitant to vote it out (Snyder could be kicked out if 24 of the other 31 NFL owners voted to make that happen).

Among the other allegations in the story:

  • Emails implicating Jon Gruden may not have been released to take Gruden down. During the Washington investigation, Snyder’s attorney gave the NFL 400,000 emails from former team president Bruce Allen in an effort to pin the blame on Allen for the dysfunctional workplace. It’s unclear if Gruden’s emails were released by Snyder’s team or the NFL, but it appears he became collateral damage in a battle between the two sides.
  • Snyder reportedly hired private investigators to investigate other NFL owners and Roger Goodell. Commanders denied that claim, but ESPN reported that Snyder appears to have hired a PI to smear at least six different owners.
  • Snyder used private investigators to “harass and intimidate witnesses” while the team was under investigation. The team has also denied this allegation, which may actually hurt the team’s credibility when it comes to further denials, as this one has a lot of supporting evidence. Earlier this year, a congressional panel found evidence that Snyder had in fact conducted a “parallel investigation” of numerous witnesses.

Commanders also released a statement saying ESPN’s story is largely untrue.

“It’s hard to imagine an article that is more categorically untrue and clearly part of a well-funded two-year disinformation campaign to coerce the sale of the team, which will continue to fail,” the statement said. crew.

If Snyder is to be ousted, it certainly won’t be happening anytime soon. The 32 NFL owners will hold their fall league meeting next week in New York (October 18-19) and CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jonathan Jones reported that there was nothing on the role involving a possible vote to remove Snyder.

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