Daniel Snyder no longer subject to any NFL restrictions, lawyers say

Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder “is no longer subject to any NFL restrictions” limiting his degree of involvement in franchise operations, team attorneys said.

The NFL on Thursday neither confirmed nor refuted that claim from the law firm Holland & Knight, which represents the commanders. The league has repeatedly said, just last month, that there has been no change in Snyder’s ownership status since. its July 2021 announcement that he would hand control of the day-to-day operations of the franchise to his wife Tanya, co-CEO of the team, for an indefinite period.

The NFL said commissioner Roger Goodell would discuss the matter with Snyder at the end of a league-commissioned investigation, conducted by attorney Mary Jo White, in allegations of sexual misconduct and financial irregularities. Snyder and the team have denied all allegations.

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The team, through his attorneys, described Snyder’s status differently.

“Dan Snyder has agreed with the NFL that he will step away from day-to-day operations … for a limited period, and he is no longer subject to any NFL restrictions related to his involvement with the team,” the company said. Holland & Knight in a statement. “Having said that, Jason Wright has, from day one, done such an outstanding job as team president that it hasn’t been necessary for Dan to get involved in team operations. Tanya was also very committed and involved.

The commanders provided the statement Thursday to The Washington Post after previously providing it to ESPN.

“Tanya continues to represent the team at NFL meetings as a committed, efficient and long-time co-owner, and one of the small women owners,” the statement read. “This decision, however, is a decision made jointly by Tanya and Dan, and is not the result of any requirement imposed by the NFL.”

The NFL said in a statement Thursday: “The commissioner’s decisions were based on a comprehensive workplace review conducted by Beth Wilkinson and the grounds were identified in public statements made at the time the disciplinary and corrective action was announced. .”

The NFL did not directly address the team’s statement Thursday about Snyder’s ownership status, instead referring to previous comments made by Goodell at two rounds of owner meetings this year.

At a meeting of owners in August in Bloomington, Minnesota, Goodell said, “Regarding his status, as we all know, there is an ongoing investigation, a congressional investigation as well as our investigation into these matters. As we come to a resolution on this, Dan and I will discuss his participation.

At the league’s annual meeting in March, Goodell said Daniel Snyder “has not been involved in day-to-day operations,” adding that Tanya Snyder’s oversight of day-to-day franchise operations and representation of the franchise team at meetings “will continue for at least the foreseeable future. Goodell also said then, ‘Dan and I will talk about it at some point.”

A league executive reiterated last month that there have been no changes to Snyder’s ownership status since the July 2021 announcement, pending the completion of White’s investigation.

“There is no update or timeline at this point with respect to his findings,” Jeff Miller, executive vice president of communications, public affairs and policy for the NFL, said during a briefing. a conference call with reporters in September. “But as soon as she’s finished, I’m sure we’ll talk about it. The commissioner said so. I think that remains the status quo, so he will have a discussion with Dan when the time comes. And, again, these conclusions have not yet been communicated to us. His work continues.

The NFL said in its July 2021 announcement that the team had been fined $10 million, based on the findings of a previous league investigation led by Wilkinson. The league said in a statement at the time: “As co-CEO, Tanya Snyder will assume responsibility for all day-to-day operations of the team and will represent the club at all league meetings and other league activities for at least less the next few months. Dan Snyder will focus on a new stadium plan and other issues.

The league said in the announcement that any “material failure to implement these recommendations or fully comply with these obligations and commitments may result in an extension of the reporting period or other discipline.”

Daniel Snyder’s team and attorneys have always described the arrangement for the day-to-day operations of the franchise as voluntary on his part and disputed that Goodell’s approval was necessary for Snyder to regain control of those operations despite the statements subsequent inquiries from Goodell and the league that the two would have to discuss the matter.

There was never a restriction placed on Snyder to attend team games. But there have been conflicting accounts of Snyder’s level of involvement in team operations. Commanders coach Ron Rivera said Daniel Snyder was involved in team deliberations leading up to his trade to the Indianapolis Colts in March. for quarterback Carson Wentz.

The owners are due to meet in New York on Tuesday at their regular quarterly meeting. No formal action from the owners regarding Snyder is expected at this meeting, with a final report from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the findings of White’s investigation pending.

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