Will someone hold Daniel Snyder accountable?

Who is going to hold Daniel Snyder accountable for his crimes?



The fan base for the woeful team he’s owned since 1999, now known as the Washington Chiefs, long the home of the league?

Until Thursday, Snyder had done his best to crack down on the House Oversight and Reforms Committee, which has been investigating his team for nearly a year. Instead of appearing before the committee, he coddled, countered, and had his legal team pull out all the stops late. He refused to attend a June hearing where NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sat and faced the committee’s grilling.

Then, to avoid being summoned, he rode off into the sunset, out of the country, away from the prying eyes of Congress.

Finally, on Thursday, he stopped — but only halfway through. Snyder agreed to speak to the committee via video conference from abroad. His legal team did their best to set the parameters on his behalf. He decided to speak, but not under the restrictive power of the summons, which would make it difficult to avoid telling the truth. He “voluntarily” answered the questions he was willing to answer.

And, unlike the congressional hearings we’ve seen on television, this hour-long question-and-answer session was not televised. Transcripts may be provided at some point, but it’s unclear how many pieces they’ll hold or when they’ll be released.

Snyder, possessing the kind of cockiness that animates petty dictators, mocks the culture of inquiry that damages lives. Cheerleaders Snyder and others on the team are said to have misogynistically treated. A female marketing and events coordinator who told Congress she was physically harassed by Snyder. A team employee who, according to the Washington Post, accused Snyder of sexual harassment and assault before reaching a $1.6 million settlement. These examples are just a sample.

Who exactly is running this show? Snyder, that’s who.

Congress suffers from its insubordination and its own inability to shape private business cases. Public shaming seems to be the committee’s only solution.

The NFL needs to hold Snyder accountable, but Snyder is part of the (mostly) boys club of billionaires who run the league. This group doesn’t seem overly inclined to punish themselves. A ouster that would force Snyder to sell his team is currently a bridge too far for this privileged, insular clique.

Snyder’s investigation, trying to pin him down and force him to take responsibility for his team’s culture and malfeasance, has become a theater of the absurd.

When he was embroiled in an eight-month investigation into how generals and NFL team officials handled widespread sexual harassment allegations, the committee extended a courtesy call to Snyder. When it became clear that he was not going to cooperate without a push, the committee threatened to subpoena Snyder and force him to testify under oath.

But Snyder was nowhere to be found. At least not in the United States.

Snyder’s representatives said he was going to do a long-planned business trip to Europe – and then went to Israel for the first anniversary of his mother’s death. Ah, the old one Defense: “I’m too busy to accept your congressional subpoena.”

A Twitter account appeared on the Internet: Dan Snyder’s tracker followed her floating villa—the Lady S., 305 feet long, complete with IMAX theater and helicopter—into foreign seas.

The yacht is in Monaco!

No, it’s on the coast of Elba, Italy!

No, it’s sailing at 13.3 knots and Pisa, Italy!

Was he on his huge yacht as he sailed around the Mediterranean?

Did he take his private jet to Europe?

What a tricky bit of shenanigans. But how can anyone be surprised? Washington’s owner hardly has a reputation as a fair guy.

Gallons of ink were spilled and digital space was used to document the on-field issues and accusations plaguing the Washington football team under Snyder.

Chief executives and Snyder himself have been accused of widespread sexual harassment of female employees, to say nothing of financial improprieties and verbal abuse. The claims cover 18 of the 23 years Snyder has owned the team.

In June testimony before the committee, Goodell — who ordered a second investigation of the commanders — said Snyder was already in charge after the first. The owner agreed to step aside from day-to-day operations of the team for a period of time, and the team paid a league-record $10 million in fines.

what a scam

Snyder had a good time off — though it’s unclear if he’ll be back involved in the team’s day-to-day operations now that training camp has begun.

And does Goodell honestly think Snyder, who is said to be worth $40 billion, will move more than $10 million? To him, $10 million is not as much as a slap on the wrist. Not even a flea bite.

Goodell and the NFL seem content to sell the narrative that all is well in Washington right now. Snyder’s team, after all, has hired a new, diverse, well-respected staff led by president Jason Wright and pro coach Ron Rivera.

But who writes the checks for the new hires? Snyder. Everyone employed in this operation suffers at his request.

Goodell’s narrative does not hold water. A congressional committee announced last month that it found Snyder had interfered with the NFL investigation through a campaign of witness intimidation. Snyder’s aides compiled a dossier of individuals who shared harassment claims against commanders with the press.

So we all believe the NFL story: This is not your father’s Washington football team. Say it enough and you might be fooled into believing it.

Forcing Snyder to sell would be one fine in the teeth. But Goodell was quick to remind us that he couldn’t make such a move alone. “I don’t have the authority,” he told Congress in June.

Who does it? other owners. 75 percent of them had to vote to remove Snyder. The owners know that Snyder will be stuck with the NFL lawsuit from here on out forever. You can be sure that many don’t want to turn the tables and shine a spotlight on them and their business practices.

The play goes on and on. Snyder, the president of Animal House, can still make those around him respond and react to his whims. On Thursday, it was a congressional committee.

Will anyone have the nerve to step up and stop this disgusting show?

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