Will Anyone Hold Daniel Snyder Accountable?
Who goes to carry Daniel Snyder accountable for his misdeeds?
The fan base for the woeful crew he has owned since 1999, now generally known as the Washington Commanders, which has lengthy been the Animal House of the league?
Before Thursday, Snyder had accomplished all he may to stiff-arm the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which has been investigating his crew for almost a yr. Instead of showing earlier than the committee, he dawdled, defied, and had his authorized crew pull out all of the delaying stops. He declined to attend the June listening to the place NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sat and confronted the committee’s grilling.
Then, avoiding subpoena, he sailed off to the sundown, overseas, removed from Congress’s prying attain.
Finally, on Thursday, he relented — however solely midway. Snyder agreed to talk to the committee by way of video convention from overseas. On his behalf, his authorized crew did all it may to set the parameters. He determined to speak however not underneath the restrictive energy of a subpoena, which might have made it tougher to keep away from truth-telling. He “volunteered” to reply the questions he was prepared to reply.
And, not like the congressional hearings we have seen on TV, this hourlong question-and-answer session was not televised. Transcripts could also be offered in some unspecified time in the future, however it’s unknown how a lot of the listening to they may seize and when they are going to be launched.
Snyder, who possesses a type of hubris that animates petty dictators, is mocking an investigation right into a tradition that scarred lives. The cheerleaders Snyder and others on the crew are stated to have handled with misogynistic contempt. The feminine advertising and occasions coordinator who informed Congress she’d been bodily harassed by Snyder. The crew worker who, in response to the Washington Post, accused Snyder of sexual harassment and assault earlier than reaching a $1.6 million settlement. These examples are only a sampling.
Who, precisely, is working this present? Snyder, that is who.
Congress finds itself hamstrung by its recalcitrance and its personal incapability to mildew personal enterprise affairs. Public shaming appears to be the committee’s solely recourse.
The NFL ought to maintain Snyder to account, however Snyder is a member of the billionaire (principally) boys membership that runs the league. That group would not appear overly inclined to punish one among its personal. Banishment, forcing Snyder to promote his crew, is at present a bridge too far for this privileged, insulated clique.
Investigating Snyder, making an attempt to pin him down and make him settle for accountability for his crew’s knuckle-dragging tradition and misdeeds, has change into a theater of the absurd.
As it engaged in an eight-month inquiry into how the Commanders and the NFL handled accusations of widespread sexual harassment of the crew’s feminine staff, the committee beckoned Snyder with a well mannered invitation. When it grew to become clear he wasn’t going to cooperate and not using a push, the committee threatened to subpoena Snyder and drive him to testify underneath oath.
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But Snyder was nowhere to be discovered. At least not within the United States.
Snyder’s representatives stated he was off doing long-planned enterprise in Europe — after which had gone to Israel to commemorate the primary anniversary of his mom’s dying. Ah, the previous protection: “I’m too busy to simply accept your congressional subpoena.”
A Twitter account popped up on the web: The Dan Snyder Tracker adopted his floating villa — the Lady S., 305 toes lengthy, replete with IMAX theater and helipad — because it plied international seas.
The yacht is in Monaco!
No, it is off the coast of Elba, Italy!
No, it is crusing at 13.3 knots and Pisa, Italy!
Was he even on his huge yacht because it floated across the Mediterranean?
Had he taken his personal aircraft to Europe?
What a tough little bit of shenanigans. But how can anybody be shocked? Washington’s proprietor hardly has a popularity as a stand-up man swathed in rectitude.
Gallons of ink have been spilled and digital area used to catalog the off-field issues and allegations which have plagued Washington’s soccer crew underneath Snyder.
Commanders executives, and Snyder himself, have been accused of rampant sexual harassment of feminine staff, to say nothing of monetary impropriety and verbal abuse. The claims span 18 of the 23 years Snyder has owned the crew.
In his June testimony earlier than the committee, Goodell — who has ordered a second investigation into the Commanders — stated Snyder had already been held accountable after the primary. The proprietor agreed to avoid the crew’s day by day operations for a time and the crew paid a file $10 million to the league in penalties.
What a rip-off.
Snyder received a pleasant trip — though it is unclear if he’ll be again to meddling within the crew’s day-to-day affairs now that coaching camp has begun.
And does Goodell truthfully suppose Snyder, who is claimed to be price $40 billion, will sweat over $10 million? To him, $10 million doesn’t quantity to a lot as a wrist slap. It’s not even a chew from a flea.
Goodell and the NFL appear content material with promoting the narrative that each one is nicely and good in Washington now. Snyder’s crew, in any case, has employed a brand new, numerous, well-respected employees helmed by President Jason Wright and a professional’s professional of a coach, Ron Rivera.
But who writes the checks for the brand new hires? Snyder. Everyone employed in that operation toils away at his bidding.
Goodell’s narrative carries no water. The congressional committee made public final month that it had discovered Snyder interfered with the NFL’s investigation by way of a marketing campaign of witness intimidation. Snyder’s adjutants compiled a file of those that shared claims of harassment in opposition to the Commanders with the press.
So, we’re all to imagine the NFL story line: This isn’t your father’s Washington soccer crew. Say it sufficient instances, and perhaps you will be tricked into believing it.
Forcing Snyder to promote can be the one penalty with tooth. But Goodell has shortly reminded us that he couldn’t make such a transfer alone. “I haven’t got the authority,” he informed Congress in June.
Who does? The different house owners. To take away Snyder, 75 p.c of them must vote for it. The house owners know Snyder would tangle the NFL with lawsuits from right here to eternity. You could be positive many do not need the tables reversed and probing glare placed on them and their enterprise practices.
On and on goes the spectacle. Snyder, Animal House president, remains to be capable of make everybody round him reply and react to his whims. Thursday, it was the congressional committee.
Will anybody have the nerve to step up and cease this sordid present?