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

After ending its investigation into the Washington Commanders for workplace misconduct last year, the NFL imposed an unprecedented punishment. Not only Did the league fine the organization an NFL record $10 million?but 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 appears he hasn’t exactly been keeping his end of the bargain. According to a damning story from ESPN which was published Thursday, Snyder has been defiant on several issues, including his punishment.

A key part of the story notes that the Carson Wentz trade only happened because Snyder pressured him, though due to his punishment he was not supposed to have a say in any personnel moves, let alone one of the biggest trades of the season. short.

The Wentz 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 secretly that Goodell didn’t even notice. Twenty days after the trade, the NFL commissioner was asked if Snyder had been serving his punishment, and Goodell seemed to think the answer to that question was yes.

“Dan Snyder has not been involved in day-to-day operations,” Goodell said on March 29. via PFT. “I don’t think she’s been on the premises at all, and as we continue to have league business, Tanya has represented the team as CEO both on a day-to-day basis, 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 punishment by pushing the trade in open defiance of the commissioner. However, the Commanders have denied that part of the story. According to trainer Ron Rivera, the move to land Wentz was spearheaded by him.

“Before the start of free agency, I went to Dan and Tanya’s house and told them that Carson Wentz was one of the quarterbacks at the top of our list and, as always, the Snyders were supportive of our vision to build this ready”. Rivera said.

However, even that statement doesn’t necessarily clear things up. If Snyder isn’t allowed to participate in team operations, then he probably shouldn’t be meeting with Rivera to make key personnel decisions.

Snyder has somehow been able to remain owner despite dealing with multiple controversies throughout his shaky tenure, which began when he bought the team in 1999. He has not only dealt with the workplace misconduct investigation that led to his punishment, but has also been accused of sexual harassment and the team has been accused of financial irregularities.

NFL owners could vote to expel Snyder, but have not done so yet despite all the accusations. According to ESPN’s story, one of the reasons Snyder still exists is because the Commanders’ owner believes he has enough “dirt” on Goodell and other owners that would allow him to “blow up” the NFL, and because of that , the league’s other 31 owners have been reluctant to evict him (Snyder could be ousted if 24 of the other 31 NFL owners vote to make that happen).

Among the other accusations in the story:

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

The commanders have also issued a statement saying the ESPN story is mostly false.

“It is hard to imagine a piece that is more categorically false and is clearly part of a well-funded two-year disinformation campaign to force the sale of the team, which will remain unsuccessful,” the team said.

If Snyder is going to get kicked out, it definitely won’t happen 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 has reported that there is nothing on the record involving a possible vote to impeach Snyder.

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