The Clock Is Ticking | Roger Goodell Throws Dan Snyder Under The Bus In Front Of Congress As Pressure Mounts To Remove Toxic Commander

UNITED STATES - JUNE 22: Roger Goodell, commissioner of the National Football League, testifies remotely during the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing titled Tackling Toxic Workplaces: Examining the NFLs Handling of Workplace Misconduct at the Washington Commanders, in Rayburn Building on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Commanders owner Daniel Snyder was invited to testify but did not intend. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Dan Snyder is having yet another worst week ever. The embattled Washington Commanders owner is being accused of conducting a “shadow investigation” of the allegations he fostered a toxic work culture within his organization.

The findings by the U.S.Committee on Oversight and Reform, released Wednesday, also revealed that Snyder worked closely with the NFL to monitor and hide the results from an official internal investigation. A 29-page memo, supported by more than 600 pages of depositions, was released by the U.S. House Oversight Committee.

Holy cover-ups, Commander-man.

Congressional Chin Check

“The NFL is unwilling or unable to hold Mr. Snyder accountable,” Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-New York) said. “That is why I am announcing now my intent to issue a subpoena for Mr. Snyder for a deposition next week. The committee will not be deterred in its investigation into the Washington Commanders.”

Additionally, Maloney announced she would subpoena Snyder for a deposition next week. The news comes after a lawyer representing Dan Snyder told Congress last week that the Washington Commanders owner would not testify at a hearing next week as part of an investigation into the team’s workplace conduct.

Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder is still out of the country for what his attorney called a “longstanding Commanders-related business conflict.”

Running For Cover

“Rather than show up and take responsibility for his actions, he chose to skip town,” Maloney continued. “Apparently, Mr. Snyder is in France, where he has docked his luxury yacht near a resort town. That should tell you just how much respect he has for women in the workplace.”

However, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell did testify on Wednesday in front of the committee. The group cornered Goodell, with Rep. Rashida Talib (D-MI) asking Goodell the question everyone wants to know: whether he would remove Snyder as an NFL owner.

“I don’t have the authority to remove him,” Goodell answered.

The Other Shadow League

Additionally, the committee pressed Goodell about Snyder’s alleged shadow investigation, to which the commissioner kept politically correct.

“Any action that would discourage people from coming forward would be inappropriate,” the commissioner responded.

The committee led by Maloney contended that Snyder and his lawyers in November 2020 compiled a “100-slide dossier” that “appears to be based on private text messages, emails, phone logs and call transcripts, and social media posts from nearly 50 individuals.”

The 100 slides, presented by Snyder’s attorneys, included information about journalists from the Washington Post to the NFL. The goal was “crafting an exculpatory narrative to present to the NFL showing that he was not responsible for the Commanders’ toxic work environment but instead was the victim of a coordinated smear campaign.”

Still Trippin’

On Tuesday, the Washington Post exposed that in 2009, an employee “accused Snyder of asking her for sex, groping her and attempting to remove her clothes.” The incident resulted in a reported $1.6 million settlement.

The committee asked Goodell if the Commanders followed the Personal Conduct Policy, requiring teams to alert the league of potential allegations promptly.

“I don’t recall him informing of that, no,” Goodell responded.

Dan Snyder’s presence over the crimson and gold tarnishes the organization and the league. As Goodell shows, he will not protect the owner. Only time will tell how the other 31 team owners will react to the escalating issues from the suburbs of the District of Columbia.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.