NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell defended the Washington Commanders at the league meetings in Dallas on Wednesday, saying the franchise has undergone meaningful changes following sexual harassment, hostile workplace and fraud claims against the team and owner Dan Snyder.
“The change has happened with the Washington Commanders organization,” Goodell said. “It has been confirmed by audit. That’s the result we were looking for.’
Snyder was absent from league meetings in Dallas this week, but the Commanders were represented by his wife, Tanya, the team’s co-CEO, and team president Jason Wright. The Snyders have enlisted an investment bank to explore a potential sale of Commanders.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (pictured) defended the Washington Commanders at the league meetings in Dallas on Wednesday, saying the franchise has undergone meaningful changes following sexual harassment, hostile workplace and fraud claims against the team and owner Dan Snyder
Snyder (pictured) was absent from league meetings in Dallas this week, but the Commanders were represented by his wife, Tanya, the team’s co-CEO, and team president Jason Wright
The Chiefs have already been fined $10 million by the NFL, although that is less than 2 percent of the club’s estimated value of $5.6 billion, according to Forbes.
Furthermore, Snyder saw voluntary interim control of Tanya’s bosses following a league investigation into hostile workplace and sexual harassment claims against both the owner and the franchise.
The NFL has since launched a new sexual-harassment investigation into the team to confirm subsequent allegations of misconduct, including former teammate Tiffani Johnston’s allegation that Snyder grabbed her thigh at a team dinner and forced her into a limousine.
Snyder has denied this claim.
An oversight committee investigation into the allegations by House Democrats is expected to wrap up next month when Republicans take over Congress. Still, Snyder and the team still face a pair of lawsuits from the District of Columbia and have been fined $250,000 by Maryland for improperly withholding security deposits from season ticket holders.
And in February, the Democrat-led committee released documents showing the league and the team agreed to pursue a “joint legal strategy” related to the investigation, which was launched in 2020 after bombshell reports from The Washington Post detailing allegations of sexual harassment against team employees. .
Snyders is exploring the possibility of selling the team, to the delight of many fans
Ex-Commanders employee Tiffani Johnston told the Congressional Oversight Committee that Snyder once grabbed her thigh during a team dinner and pushed her against his limo with his hand on her lower back. Snyder has denied the claim
On Wednesday, Goodell defended himself and the NFL against allegations by the Oversight Committee that the league misled the public about the investigations, which were supposed to be completely independent.
“My name has been on this from Day 1,” Goodell said. “There were comments about secret deals. They are not secret agreements. There are legal documents that we have explained.’
The Snyders have enlisted an investment bank to explore a potential sale of the club, but it is still not known whether they want to sell the entire franchise or a minority stake.
Four people familiar with the sale process expect Snyder to sell the entire team, as opposed to just a minority stake, and one believes it is no longer possible for the 58-year-old billionaire to remain in the league, according to a Washington Post report.
The Washington Post reports that the investment bank is in the process of distributing prospectuses to potential buyers, provided they sign a confidentiality agreement. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Jay-Z were rumored to be considering a joint bid for the team, but a source close to the rapper told DailyMail.com he does not expect him to be involved in the purchase.
On Wednesday, Goodell declined to speculate about a potential sale.
“I have no expectations for it,” Goodell said. “Dan’s statement was that he was looking into it. And we will continue to work with him on that.’
Washington Commanders owners Tanya Snyder, left, and Dan Snyder on the field before the Dallas Cowboys’ 25-10 loss to the Washington Commanders at AT&T Stadium on Oct. 2