The United States House Committee on Oversight and Reform launched a report on Thursday, saying that the Washington Commanders NFL franchise created a “toxic work culture” for greater than 20 years and often had been “ignoring and downplaying sexual misconduct” by males employed on the group.
Commanders proprietor Dan Snyder was named a number of occasions by Congress within the 79-page report, which accused him of inappropriately touching a former worker at a dinner, having employees produce a “sexually suggestive” video of staff cheerleaders and ordering that ladies who had been auditioning to be cheerleaders stroll on the sector “while he and his friends gawked from his suite through binoculars.”
The report additionally stated that Snyder additionally interfered within the House investigation by “intimidating witnesses and blocking the production of documents.” The Congressional investigation adopted an NFL probe, which stemmed from allegations by former workers that accused staff executives of rampant sexual harassment by staff executives.
Snyder additionally was “often evasive and misleading” and testified more than 100 times “that he did not know or could not recall basic facts about his role as owner” of the staff, the report stated.
While the National Football League itself has investigated Snyder prior to now, the league was additionally sharply criticized by Congress within the report.
The NFL “continues to minimize workplace misconduct across the league,” the report stated. Additionally, it “has not protected workers from sexual harassment and abuse,” and “has not sought true accountability for those responsible.”
The NFL and representatives for Snyder’s didn’t instantly reply to MarketWatch’s request for touch upon this story.
The House committee opened an investigation into the Washington Commanders after the NFL didn’t launch a written report of lawyer Beth Wilkinson’s separate investigation of the staff’s office tradition in the summertime of 2021 that resulted in a $10 million positive.
“The NFL chose to bury Ms. Wilkinson’s findings and whitewash the misconduct it uncovered,” the committee report said. “Rather than seek real accountability, the NFL aligned its legal interests with Mr. Snyder’s, failed to curtail his abusive tactics, and buried the investigation’s findings.”
Snyder and wife Tanya hired Bank of America Securities
in November to discover promoting the Washington Commanders franchise. Snyder purchased the staff for $800 million in 1999. It is now value $4.78 billion, in response to Sportico.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.