Amazon broadcaster Al Michaels took the time to talk about the Washington Commanders team owner Daniel Snyder and the controversy surrounding him during their game against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night
The legendary announcer talked about the ESPN bombshell report that dropped earlier in the day that said Snyder told a close associate he had enough information to “blow up” several other NFL owners, the league office and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and claimed “they can’t fuck with me,” ESPN reported.
The 57-year-old team owner reportedly told another confidant that “the NFL is a mafia” and that “all other owners hate each other”. To which another unnamed team owner told ESPN was untrue and “all owners hate Dan.” Additionally, ESPN reported that Snyder had hired private investigators to dig up “dirt” on other team owners, including Jerry Jones.
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With the game at a lull, Michaels spoke about the report.
“There was a report today on ESPN alleging that Snyder was hoarding damaging information about other owners and Roger Goodell as leverage … to avoid being kicked out of the league,” he said. “Our story Michael Smith before the Snyder game is the subject of five different inquiries or investigations for sexual harassment, toxic work environment, financial irregularities. … It’s an ongoing story with the investigations and all of that and the owners have a meeting scheduled for New York on Tuesday, which is not on the agenda at this time.
Michaels then talked about his intuition on the the whole Snyder saga.
“Just my feeling, I think what the league would like is for Snyder to sell the team. Not having to go vote but just sell the team because it’s become a major issue in the league, obviously And we’ll see what I think there’s a long way to go, and Dan (is) very famous for digging his heels into the ground.
To force Snyder out, at least 24 owners must vote for him.
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Snyder’s attorneys John Brownlee and Stuart Nash, partners at Holland & Knight, and a spokesman for the commanders vehemently denied the claims in the ESPN report.
“It’s categorically untrue,” Brownlee and Nash told ESPN of the filing’s claims. “He has no ‘records’ compiled on the owners.”
The lawyers added: “We also understand that some people believe their own interests will be furthered by convincing news outlets like ESPN to print false information about the Snyders and the Joneses.”
On the suggestion that NFL owners hate each other, a spokesperson for Commanders told ESPN, “Owners have a shared love of the game, a mutual respect for each other and our organizations, and a strong working relationship.”
Additionally, a spokesperson for the Commanders pushed back against ESPN’s reporting in a statement to Fox News Digital.
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“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 doorman said. -word of the Commanders.