Snyder again refuses to testify in the House investigation

A lawyer for Daniel Commanders, owner of Washington Commanders, reiterated on Monday that Snyder would not testify at the June 22 congress, despite a request from the committee to reconsider.

Karen Patton Seymour rejected an initial invitation from the House of Commons Supervisory Committee to investigate the commanders’ alleged “toxic work culture”, saying Snyder had a “long-running business conflict with commanders” and had left the country at the end of June. Seymour had also requested copies of the documents which the members of the Commission intended to use during the hearing.

On Friday, President Carolyn Maloney (DN.Y.) sent a six-page letter to Snyder’s lawyer saying that Snyder could practically testify at the June 22 hearing, similar to what NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was supposed to do that day. The chairwoman also said that the committee was not obliged to provide documents, but would do so if Snyder agreed to testify.

On Monday, Seymour wrote to the commission that “Mr Snyder’s business conflict was planned long before that and cannot be rescheduled. counsel would be physically with him.

He continued: “Snyder and the team remain fully prepared to cooperate with the Committee and wish to share the cultural transformation carried out by the Commanders if the Committee is interested in obtaining this information in a manner consistent with the proper due process and protection of justice.”

A spokesman for the House of Commons Monitoring Committee told ESPN in a statement: His refusal to testify sends an unmistakable signal that Mr Snyder has something to hide and is afraid to clean up the American public and deal with the protection of larger workers. “

In July 2021, the NFL fined commanders $ 10 million for investigating the work culture of a Snyder-owned franchise. Congress began an investigation shortly after that, in October, and is also investigating allegations by a former employee who said he was sexually harassed in 2019.

Washington laid off several workers after The Washington Post uncovered allegations of sexual harassment in the summer of 2020. Others, who were also charged with sexual harassment, had already left the organization or resigned this summer.

Maloney said Snyder could admit, despite other ongoing investigations, that was another reason for Snyder’s hesitation, according to his lawyer’s letter. The NFL launched a new investigation in February following allegations by a former employee. Attorneys-general in Virginia and Washington are also investigating allegations of financial irregularities.

“Congress has long been investigating issues related to parallel proceedings,” Maloney wrote.

He said that by failing to testify, Snyder refused to “take responsibility for his actions for the culture he had promoted on his team” and questioned his “claim that commanders are now an example of how to dramatically improve work culture”.

John Keim of ESPN contributed to this report.

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