Saturday December 9, 2023

Congress Demands NFL Share Information on WFT Probe

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Members of Congress are calling on the NFL to produce all documents and evidence related to Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder’s alleged interference into an investigation of the team’s workplace culture. 

On Tuesday, the Washington Post published a lengthy report detailing Snyder’s attempts to obstruct the investigation led by attorney Beth Wilkinson. 

The Post reported that Snyder sought to prevent Wilkinson from speaking with a former employee who reached a $1.6 million settlement over sexual misconduct allegations against Snyder himself in 2009. Snyder’s lawyers also attempted to learn the identities of people who had previously spoken to the paper.

Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) issued statements renewing their calls for information from the NFL on the investigation and Snyder’s alleged obstruction.

NFL Remains Tight-Lipped

Maloney and Krishnamoorthi have been leading the charge for more disclosure by the league.

  • In October, the two House members wrote a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, asking for all documents and communications related to the investigation. 
  • The NFL missed the Nov. 4 deadline set in the letter and has reportedly not produced any documents related to the investigation, citing time-intensive confidentiality issues.
  • The NFL did not publish any report documents, letting Wilkinson give an oral report instead.

The league fined the team $10 million in July, stating that Snyder’s wife Tanya would run its day-to-day operations while he worked on stadium issues.

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