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A Home report cites Washington Commanders proprietor Dan Snyder's function in 'poisonous' tradition – NPR


The Washington Commanders soccer staff’s title and emblem is seen on the NFL soccer staff’s facility in Ashburn, Va., on Nov. 10. A report Thursday by the U.S. Home Committee on Oversight and Reform stated the staff created a “poisonous work tradition” for greater than 20 years, “ignoring and downplaying sexual misconduct” by males on the high ranges of the group.

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The Washington Commanders soccer staff’s title and emblem is seen on the NFL soccer staff’s facility in Ashburn, Va., on Nov. 10. A report Thursday by the U.S. Home Committee on Oversight and Reform stated the staff created a “poisonous work tradition” for greater than 20 years, “ignoring and downplaying sexual misconduct” by males on the high ranges of the group.

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WASHINGTON — The Washington Commanders created a “poisonous work tradition” for greater than 20 years, “ignoring and downplaying sexual misconduct” by males on the high ranges of the group, according to a report revealed Thursday by the U.S. Home Committee on Oversight and Reform.

Commanders proprietor Dan Snyder was concerned within the misconduct, in accordance with the report, which stated he inappropriately touched a former worker at a dinner, had staffers produce a video “of sexually suggestive footage of cheerleaders,” and ordered that girls who had been auditioning to be cheerleaders stroll on the sphere “whereas he and his pals gawked from his suite by way of binoculars.”

Snyder additionally interfered in what is called the Wilkinson investigation, which the NFL finally took over, that stemmed from former workers alleging in 2020 rampant sexual harassment by staff executives, the report stated. He additionally had a separate shadow investigation going, which the report stated was utilized by his attorneys to “forged him because the sufferer of a defamation marketing campaign … and deflect accountability for the staff’s poisonous work tradition.”

The staff proprietor additionally interfered with the Home committee’s investigation by “intimidating witnesses,” “refusing to launch former workers kind their confidentiality obligations” and blocking “the Committee’s entry to tens of hundreds of paperwork collected through the Wilkinson Investigation.” When Snyder did testify in a deposition to the committee, the report stated, he was evasive and deceptive and stated greater than 100 instances that he didn’t recall issues.

The NFL isn’t shielded from criticism within the report, which says the league “misled the general public about its dealing with of the Wilkinson Investigation,” “continues to reduce office misconduct throughout the league,” “has not protected employees from sexual harassment and abuse,” and “has not sought true accountability for these accountable.”

Neither the NFL nor Snyder’s authorized staff instantly responded to messages searching for remark.

Commanders’ attorneys calls report “one-sided”

The Commanders’ authorized counsel, John Brownlee and Stuart Nash, stated in an announcement the committee’s work was “one-sided” and there have been “no new revelations” in Thursday’s report.

“And, mockingly for an ‘investigative’ physique, supposedly engaged in an ‘investigation,’ the investigators truly criticize the staff and Mr. Snyder for offering proof to the Committee — resembling e-mails former staff workers despatched from their office accounts — that reveal the precise causes of the previously dysfunctional office setting on the staff,” the assertion stated.

The authorized counsel stated the staff is “happy with the progress it has made lately in establishing a welcoming and inclusive office, and it appears ahead to future success, each on and off the sphere.”

Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, who represented greater than 40 ex-Commanders workers, stated in an announcement Thursday that the “committee’s work resulted in essential laws limiting using non-disclosure agreements, which can assist stop this sort of widespread harassment from occurring in different American workplaces.”

The Home committee opened its investigation after the NFL didn’t launch a written report of lawyer Beth Wilkinson’s overview of the staff’s office tradition in the summertime of 2021 that resulted in a $10 million nice. That was prompted by a number of former workers saying they had been sexually harassed whereas working for the staff.

Republicans have stated they might instantly drop the case as soon as they take over management of the Home early subsequent yr. In a memo dated Wednesday and given to Republican Oversight Committee Members “in anticipation of the discharge of the Democrats’ report,” Republicans stated Democrats “leaned on unsubstantiated allegations as reality.”

Snyder and spouse Tanya not too long ago employed Financial institution of America Securities to explore selling part or all of the team he has owned since 1999. The Commanders are value an estimated $5.6 billion, according to Forbes — a sevenfold enhance over the then-record $800 million Snyder paid for the staff in 1999.

Simply final month, the staff settled with the state of Maryland, agreeing to return safety deposits to former season ticket holders and pay a $250,000 penalty. Just a few days earlier, the District of Columbia sued the Commanders in civil court over what it referred to as a scheme to cheat season-ticket holders out of cash.

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