The last 24 hours and obvious revelations are a microcosm of Dan Snyder's pathetic reign as Washington Commanders owner.
Things are never easy when it comes to the Washington Commanders and Dan Snyder. This relationship passed the point of no return a long time ago, but the last 24 hours and the revelations that followed cast another stain on the owner and could come with grave implications regarding an exciting new era.
Snyder is being his usual petulant and stubborn self. According to Nicki Jhabvala and Mark Maske of The Washington Post, this has the potential to delay the upcoming vote among other NFL owners on July 20 that was set to approve the $6.05 billion transaction to remove the billionaire once and for all.
Commanders owner Dan Snyder isn't going away quietly
The respected reporters highlighted league indemnification surrounding the infamous email leaks that got Jon Gruden fired. While nothing has been confirmed officially, everyone seems to be accepting of the fact Snyder had a lot - if not everything - to do with it in pursuit of taking the heat of his own scandals.
Something that backfired in the biggest way imaginable.
"It was not clear late Wednesday night whether those complications will affect the NFL’s plans to have team owners vote to approve the sale at a meeting next week in Minneapolis. According to one of the people with knowledge of the deliberations, the complications are related at least in part to legal issues pertaining to the leaking of emails that led to the October 2021 resignation of Jon Gruden as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. That person described the complications as “significant” and “not just some small snag,” expressing the view that the issues could delay the owners’ approval of the sale and the closing of the deal if they’re not resolved."- Nicki Jhabvala and Mark Maske
It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Snyder harbors deep resentment toward Roger Goodell and others. He sees himself as the scapegoat despite overseeing a toxic workplace culture that alleged sexual misconduct, misogyny, and everything in between during some of the darkest days in franchise history.
In a weird way, the last 24 hours are a microcosm of Snyder's pathetic reign of incompetence as owner. And as always, putting the franchise first is not in the figurehead's train of thought.
Snyder has never been the least bit interested in how the Commanders are perceived. It's about a self-obsession that puts his own status above all others and there is nothing he won't do to save his own skin.
Want further proof? One only has to look at the blackmail PowerPoint revelations from Don Vatta Jr. and Seth Wickersham of ESPN to kick off a dramatic day that concluded with the record-breaking purchase falling into jeopardy.
Maybe this is all one last ploy from Snyder to make Goodell and others sweat before conceding to their demands. Putting so much money on the line is risky business, but where the owner still genuinely believes he holds the cards.
This conceited, ruthless, inconsiderate mindset has been the hallmark of Snyder's tenure as owner. Hopefully, it won't impact the common goal to put the organization into the hands of Josh Harris' ownership group, but nobody could say that with any guarantees.
As fans, we wait with bated breath once again.