House wants Roger Goodell, Dan Snyder to testify at Commanders hearing

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House wants Roger Goodell, Dan Snyder to testify at Commanders hearing

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform has asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder to appear later this month amid the panel’s investigation into allegations of a hostile workplace environment at the once-great franchise.

Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Economic and Consumer Policy Subcommittee chair Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) sent letters to Goodell and Snyder Wednesday requesting they explain themselves at a June 22 hearing

The committee began investigating the franchise formerly known as the Washington Redskins and the Washington Football Team in October, three months after the league fined the team $10 million following an investigation by attorney Beth Wilkinson.

The NFL probe was triggered by a Washington Post report in the summer of 2020 in which dozens of women claimed that they had experienced sexual harassment and verbal abuse while employed by the team.

In a statement, Maloney charged that the committee had been “met with obstruction from the Commanders and the NFL at every turn.

“We must have transparency and accountability, which is why we are calling on Mr. Goodell and Mr. Snyder to answer the questions they have dodged for the last seven months,” she said.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform  has asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder to appear at a hearing on the franchise's allegedly toxic workplace.
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform has asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder to appear at a hearing on the franchise’s allegedly toxic workplace.
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Multiple women have claimed they experienced sexual harassment and verbal abuse while working for Snyder's team.
Multiple women have claimed they experienced sexual harassment and verbal abuse while working for Snyder’s team.
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The NFL has yet to release a written report detailing Wilkinson’s findings, with Goodell citing concerns last fall about the “security, privacy, and anonymity” of those who spoke to investigators.

The committee has called on the league to hand over Wilkinson’s full findings, along with thousands of investigative documents lawmakers say are held by the league or an unnamed third party.

In February, the committee held a roundtable discussion with several former team employees who claimed one of the league’s most valuable franchises operated amidst “Animal House”-style depravity.

Ana Nunez, a former Commanders employee, testifying about  before the House Oversight Committee about her experience working for the franchise on February 3, 2022.
Ana Nunez, a former Washington employee, testifying about before the House Oversight Committee about her experience working for the franchise on Feb. 3, 2022.
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At one point, Brad Baker, a former video production manager, alleged Snyder once instructed the team’s video department to splice together a sexually suggestive video of cheerleaders exposing their private areas. 

Throughout the discussion, the former employees claimed the misconduct was part of a larger problem within the NFL, with one accusing Goodell of working with Snyder to cover up the allegations. 

“Roger Goodell has proven once again, he is unequipped to handle important issues within the NFL. He has mishandled social justice issues, domestic violence issues, and now sexual harassment issues,” former marketing coordinator Emily Applegate said. “Worst of all, there have been so many good people that have become collateral damage while these two men cover up two decades of sexual harassment.”

In addition to sexual harassment and misconduct, Snyder has also been accused of committing financial crimes, including failing to report ticket revenue and withholding refundable deposits from season ticket subscribers.

Snyder, who has owned the team since 1999, called the February allegations “outright lies” following the roundtable discussion. 

“While past conduct at the Team was unacceptable, the allegations leveled against me personally in today’s roundtable — many of which are well over 13 years old — are outright lies. I unequivocally deny having participated in any such conduct, at any time and with respect to any person,” he said.

Brad Baker, a former video production manager, claimed Snyder told the video department to create a sexually suggestive video of cheerleaders.
Brad Baker, a former video production manager, claimed Snyder told the video department to create a sexually suggestive video of cheerleaders.
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NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league would respond to the committee “directly in a timely manner.

“The NFL has cooperated extensively throughout the Committee’s lengthy investigation of the Washington Commanders, including by producing more than 460,000 pages of documents and responding to numerous questions in writing and in conversations with the Committee’s staff,” he said.

Representatives for Snyder did not immediately respond to The Post’s requests for comment.

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