A New York Democrat said Snyder sent private detectives to former cheerleaders’ homes, “offered silence money to buy their silence,” created a “file” of interactions between journalists, lawyers and former employees who accused the team of harassment, and tried to prosecute. former team president Bruce Allen for team problems.
“The NFL was aware of his actions but could not stop him,” Maloney said.
Snyder declined to testify at the hearing, but Maloney said he planned to issue a subpoena next week to testify. A spokesman for Snyder said the hearing was “little more than a politically charged model process, not a revelation of the truth.”
“It is clear that the outcome of the House of Commons Oversight Committee’s investigation of Washington commanders was predetermined from the outset,” a spokesman for Snyder said.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell confessed in front of a panel on Wednesday, saying the commanders’ culture was not only unprofessional but also toxic for too long.
“It is clear to me that the Washington workplace was unprofessional and unacceptable in many ways: bullying, widespread disrespect for colleagues, degrading language, public embarrassment and harassment,” Goodell said. “In addition, commanders have long had a deplorable lack of staffing, especially in terms of reporting practices and record keeping.”
But Goodell said the commanders’ job had improved and Snyder faced unprecedented discipline, including fines. He said Snyder had not attended any league or committee meetings in the past year, noting that the commanders had “branded a completely new, highly qualified and diverse leadership team” and “renewed” their cheerleading program and leadership with a joint dance team. . In 2020, commanders hired Ron Rivera as football head coach and Jason Wright as team president.
Goodell also said the team did not receive a written report from Wilkinson to maintain the confidentiality of those involved in the internal investigation, but could “summarize” key findings “in the future.” Illinois Democratic Republic Raja Krishnamoorthi suggested that the NFL could publish a detailed report with edited names as needed.
Republicans said on Wednesday that the House of Commons Supervisory Committee should instead spend its time on key national issues – such as rising consumer prices, shortages of infant formulas, record illegal border crossings, fentanyl overdoses or the refueling stock market -. federal government, not the private sector. Maloney said the committee had a mandate to look into “anything and everything,” so at least one Republican said they would remember it next year when the government preferred to withdraw parliament.
“This committee is driving the American people down,” said Kentucky spokesman Jim Comer, the panel’s top republican.
Maloney disagreed, noting that prosecutors in the six states informed the NFL in April of their “serious concerns” about alleged harassment of women and minorities in the workplace, and that the NFL had launched a new investigation based on the committee’s work.
The NFL hired Mary Jo White, a former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, to investigate allegations of sexual harassment against Snyder by former employee Tiffan Johnston, the team’s former incentive girl and marketing manager. Johnston told the congressional committee that the Commander’s owner had put the woman on her leg at a dinner table and tried to persuade her to sit in her limousine. Snyder has denied Johnston’s allegations.
“Some have argued that protecting women is not worth the committee’s time. I completely disagree,” Maloney said. “For more than two decades, Dan Snyder refused to protect the women who worked for him for the toxic culture he created. The NFL has failed to protect those women either. Now I believe Congress must protect them and millions more like them.”
Maloney said it had introduced two bills to “ensure that employers like Dan Snyder could not abuse non-disclosure agreements to silence employees – or film their employees” and use the materials without their consent. Goodell said he supports the bill’s intent.
“In terms of concept, we definitely support it and are happy to work with your staff,” Goodell said.
Snyder was invited to the panel on Wednesday, but Maloney said he was out of the country.
“We also invited Daniel Snyder to testify today. But instead of showing up and taking responsibility for his actions, he decided to leave the city,” Maloney said. “Apparently Mr Snyder is in France, where he has docked his luxury yacht near the resort town. It should show you how much he respects women in the workplace.”
Snyder’s lawyer, Karen Patton Seymour, said the Commander’s owner agreed to cooperate, but the committee “refused to consider changing the date of the hearing,” according to a four-page letter obtained by CNN.
“The committee also stated that it did not agree to consider changing the date of the meeting, despite the fact that Mr Snyder had a long – running business conflict with the commanders and was out of the country on the first and only date proposed by the Commission for a hearing,” he said. “Instead, the committee requested that Mr Snyder answer yes or no whether he would appear at the time set for the hearing.”
Asked by Maloney what “concrete steps” the NFL would take to hold Snyder accountable for not testifying, Goodell replied, “I’m not responsible for appearing in Congress. It’s not my choice. It’s his choice.”
Correction: The previous version of this story gave Carolyn Maloney, Chair of the House of Commons’ Monitoring Committee, the wrong day to comment. It was Wednesday.
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