The New York Democrat said that Snyder sent private investigators to the homes of former fans, “offered money for silence to buy their silence”, made “files” of communications between journalists, lawyers and former employees who accused the team of harassment and tried to blame the former team president Bruce Allen for team trouble.
“The NFL was aware of his actions, but failed to stop him,” Maloney said.
Snyder refused to testify at the hearing, but Meloni announced that she intends to issue a court summons in order to force his testimony next week. A Snyder spokesman said the hearing was “a little more than a politically charged trial, not about revealing the truth”.
“It is clear that the outcome of the House of Representatives’ oversight of Washington commanders was determined in advance,” a Snyder spokesman said.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell testified before the panel on Wednesday, saying that the commander’s culture was “not only unprofessional, but also toxic for too long.”
“It is clear to me that the workplace in Washington was unprofessional and unacceptable in many respects: harassment, widespread disrespect for colleagues, use of degrading language, public embarrassment and harassment,” Goodell said. “Moreover, over a long period of time, commanders have had a terribly deficient human resources function, especially in terms of reporting and record-keeping practices.”
But Goodell claimed that the commander’s job had changed for the better and that Snyder “faced unprecedented discipline”, including a fine. He said Snyder had not attended league or committee meetings in the past year, noting that commanders had established a “brand new, highly trained and diverse management team” and “reconstructed” their program for fans and leadership with the dance team. In 2020, commanders hired Ron Rivera as head football coach and Jason Wright as team president.
Goodell also said that the team did not receive a written report from Wilkinson in order to preserve the confidentiality of those who participated in the internal investigation, but could publish a “summary of key findings” in the future “if necessary”. Illinois Democratic MP Raja Krishnamoorthi suggested that the NFL could publish a detailed report with redacted names if necessary.
Republicans said Wednesday that the House Oversight Board should have spent its time on important national issues – such as rising consumer prices, shortages of baby formula, record illegal border crossings, fentanyl overdoses or the stock market – and focusing on federal research. government, not the private sector. Maloney said the committee had the authority to investigate “anything and everything”, prompting at least one Republican member to say he would remember it next year, when the GOP is favored to return the House.
“This committee is betraying the American people,” said Kentucky Republican Jim Comer, the top Republican on the panel.
Maloney disagreed, noting that state prosecutors in six states told the NFL in April of their “serious concern” over allegations of harassment of women and minorities in the workplace, and that the NFL had launched a new investigation based on board work.
The NFL has hired former Securities and Exchange Commission President Mary Joe White to investigate allegations of sexual harassment against Snyder by former employee Tiffany Johnston, a former cheerleader and team marketing manager. Johnston told the congressional committee that the owner of the Commanders put his hand on her leg under the table at a working dinner and tried to persuade her to get into his limousine. Snyder denied Johnston’s allegations.
“Some have argued that the protection of women is not worth the time of this committee. “I don’t agree at all,” Maloni said. “For more than two decades, Dan Snyder has refused to protect the women who worked for him from the toxic culture he created. The NFL also failed to protect these women. Now I believe it is up to Congress to protect them, and millions of others. like them. “
Maloney said she had introduced two laws to “ensure that employers like Snyder’s Day can’t abuse non-disclosure agreements to silence employees – and can’t film their employees” and use footage without their consent. Goodell said that he supports the intention of the law.
“In concept, we certainly support that and we would be happy to work with your staff,” Goodell said.
Snyder was invited to appear in front of the panel on Wednesday, but he was out of the country, according to Maloni.
“We also called on Daniel Snyder to testify today. But instead of appearing and taking responsibility for his actions, he decided to skip the city, “Maloney said. “Obviously, Mr. Snyder is in France, where he landed on his luxury yacht near the resort. That should tell you how much he respects women in the workplace. ”
Snyder’s lawyer Karen Patton Seymour said that the owner of Commanders is willing to cooperate, but that the committee is not “ready to consider changing the date of the hearing,” according to a four-page letter obtained by CNN.
“The committee also stated that it is not willing to consider changing the date of the hearing, despite the fact that Mr. Snyder has a long-standing business conflict over commanders and is out of the country on the first and only date proposed by the committee. for questioning, “the letter reads. “Instead, the Committee insisted on Mr. Snyder’s answer with yes or no as to whether he would appear at the hearing at a certain time.
Asked by Maloney what “concrete steps” the NFL would take to hold Snyder responsible for not testifying, Goodell said: “I have no responsibility for appearing before Congress. It’s not my choice. It’s his choice.”
Correction: The previous version of this story gave an incorrect day for the remarks of the President of the Supervisory Board of the House of Representatives, Carolyn Maloney. It was Wednesday.
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