• Loading stock data...
Friday, July 19, 2024
Join us this September for Tuned In Request to Attend
Law

Commanders Attorney: Ticket Scheme Accuser ‘Should Bring a Defamation Suit’

  • The Commanders and a lawyer representing a former team employee trade statements in aftermath of FOS exclusive.
  • Former employee's attorney requested the team let him out of 'contractual constraints that prevent him from speaking.'
Commanders Tickets
Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports

A lawyer representing the Washington Commanders clapped back over claims that the team defamed the former ticket employee who gave information to the House Oversight Committee. 

Jason Friedman, who was named in a statement sent by his attorney to Front Office Sports on Monday, alleged to congressional investigators that the Commanders ran a ticketing scheme in which the team held back ticket revenue from the league. 

Friedman wasn’t identified by FOS in Saturday’s exclusive on the allegations, although he was named in a story published by The Athletic on Monday. 

“The Commanders did not reference Mr. Friedman — or anyone else — by name in their statement,” said Joseph Tacopina, one of the attorneys representing the Commanders. “However, if Mr. Friedman believes he has been defamed, he should bring a defamation suit.  The Commanders will gladly accept service and vigorously defend any such claim.” 

Tuesday’s statement follows dueling news releases Monday.

The first was from the Commanders: “There has been absolutely no withholding of ticket revenue at any time by the Commanders. Those revenues are subject to independent audits by multiple parties. Anyone who offered testimony suggesting a withholding of revenue has committed perjury, plain and simple.”

Attorney Lisa Banks, who represents Friedman along with more than 40 former employees of the Commanders responded shortly after with a news release of her own.

“The Washington Commanders just released a statement to members of the media. In that statement, they defamed my client, Jason Friedman, who came forward at the request of the Congressional Oversight Committee and testified truthfully, with evidence,” Banks said. “Unfortunately, Mr. Friedman is unable to defend himself publicly due to contractual constraints that prevent him from speaking freely. He would be happy to recount his testimony if Dan Snyder and the Washington Commanders allow him to do so. I will await their response.”

FOS asked a Commanders spokesperson if the team would allow Friedman out of his contractual restraints. The team hasn’t responded.

It’s common in pro sports for employees to be bound by non-disclosure agreements, and those agreements are often part of severance packages when employees leave a team.

Linkedin
Whatsapp
Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

The Mississippi Department of Human Services on Monday sued retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre along with several other people and businesses to try to recover millions of misspent welfare dollars that were intended to help some of the poorest people in the U.S.

Judge in Mississippi Welfare Case Boots Brett Favre’s Lead Lawyer

The judge wrote he had a ‘pattern and practice of delicate deception.’
Sponsored

TopSpin 2K25 Brings the Legends of Tennis to Your Living Room

2K sports is reviving a classic with TopSpin 2K25.
April 13, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Emeka Egbuka (2) catches a pass for the scarlet team while defended by cornerback Jordan Hancock (7) of the grey team during the first half of the LifeSports Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on Saturday.

As NIL Turns Three, Collectives and Football Still Control the Industry

Collectives dominate NIL, and football makes up most of collective budgets.
Sponsored

How HOKA is Reimagining the NIL Relationship

HOKA, the renowned athletic footwear and apparel brand, is betting on a new reality with NIL.
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

‘EA Sports College Football 25’: It’s More Than a Game

0:00

Featured Today

Jan 7, 2024; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley (0) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium.
July 14, 2024

Without Hard-Line Bans, Pro Athletes and Personnel Will Keep Betting on Sports

Penalties often aren’t stringent or consistent enough to deter banned behavior.
Oct 2, 2021; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goddell speaks during the Don Shula Celebration of Life at Hard Rock Stadium.
July 13, 2024

The NFL Is Confident It Can Overturn the Sunday Ticket Verdict

The league may have good reason to believe it can win.
July 8, 2024

NFLPA Report Cards Have Become the ‘Talk of the Locker Room’ Across..

NFLPA report cards have become the ‘talk of the locker room.’

Teenage Sprinting Prodigy Sues Gatorade After Positive Test

Issam Asinga alleges Gatorade gave him contaminated gummies.
Stadium with NFL logo at the mid-field line
July 10, 2024

‘Nonsensical’: NFL Blasts Massive Jury Award in Latest Sunday Ticket Case Filings

The league asked for a new trial and called the damages ‘indefensible.’
July 11, 2024

Criminal Charges Mean No Pay for Wander Franco

Franco had been receiving half of his $2 million base salary.
Sponsored

TopSpin 2K25 Brings the Legends of Tennis to Your Living Room

2K sports is reviving a classic with TopSpin 2K25.
July 9, 2024

$2 Million of Memorabilia Stolen in Dallas Baseball Card Heist

The thieves pulled off a sophisticated heist at the Dallas Card Show.
Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre watches from a suite in the third quarter of Super Bowl 56 between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. The Rams came back in the final minutes of the game to win 23-20 on their home field. Super Bowl 56 Cincinnati Bengals Vs La Rams
July 9, 2024

‘Powerless’ Brett Favre Attempts to Revive Lawsuit Against Shannon Sharpe

Attorney argued Sharpe’s comment that Favre ‘stole’ welfare dollars isn’t protected speech.
July 2, 2024

Nev. Court Again Rules Gruden Suit Should Be Shunted To Secretive NFL Arbitration

Gruden says the NFL leaked emails to oust him as Raiders coach.