The Washington Commanders are looking to save their season against the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football, so naturally ESPN published a bombshell report about widely-panned owner Dan Snyder hours before kickoff.
Snyder is currently under investigation due to new allegations stemming from a congressional committee probe into Washington’s workplace culture. The committee launched an investigation last year after the NFL decided against releasing a written report from the Beth Wilkinson probe in the summer of 2020.
The owner is accused of sexual harassment from former employees and withholding as much as $5 million in refundable deposits from season-ticket holders; which basically means he’s been taking money out of the NFL’s pocket.
Despite the mountain of evidence against Snyder, there’s been zero momentum hinting he could be forced to sell the team. Heck, the owner managed to avoid major punishment following the Wilkinson investigation. So what gives?
Backed into a corner, Snyder is seemingly prepared to go on the attack. That’s mentioned in the ESPN report, which was a lot to digest so let’s delve into some of the biggest takeaways from this unexpected bombshell.
2 takeaways from ESPN’s report on Commanders’ Dan Snyder
1. Snyder has gathered dirt on fellow owners and Roger Goodell.
"“According to more than 30 owners, league and team executives, lawyers and current and former Commanders employees interviewed by ESPN, the fear of reprisal that Snyder has instilled in his franchise, poisoning it on the field and off, has expanded to some of his fellow owners. Multiple owners and league and team sources say they’ve been told that Snyder instructed his law firms to hire private investigators to look into other owners — and (Roger) Goodell.” “League sources say the NFL is aware that Snyder has claimed to be tracking owners. But none of the owners or sources would reveal how they learned of Snyder’s alleged effort to use private investigators. It’s also unclear how many owners are said to have been targeted, though sources say they believe it’s at least six. One owner was told by Snyder directly that he “has dirt on Jerry Jones,” a team source told ESPN, though the nature of the information was unclear. Another source confirmed that Snyder has told a confidant that he has “a file” on Jones, the Dallas Cowboys owner who has served as Snyder’s friend, mentor and longtime firewall of support.”"
Snyder hiring private investigators to gather dirt on the owners, including Cowboys boss Jerry Jones, and Roger Goodell? Is anyone really surprised? Per the report, Snyder has reportedly told a close confidant that he holds enough information to blow up the commissioner and multiple other owners, alleging “they can’t f–k with me” and “the NFL is a mafia” in which “all the owners hate each other.”
“That’s not true,” one veteran owner said. “All the owners hate Dan.”
Pretty easy to see why that’s the case.