While many people despise him, Commanders owner Daniel Snyder may still be his own worst enemy.
Case in point: By refusing to voluntarily appear and testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform, Snyder has placed himself under much more stringent interrogation, with potentially more dire consequences.
Liz Clarke and Mark Maske Washington Post take a closer look on the consequences of Snyder’s refusal to testify without a subpoena, which begins with a vow made twice on Wednesday by committee chair Caroline Maloney that Snyder would be subpoenaed to testify before the committee.
Testifying on Wednesday with Commissioner Roger Goodell would have been shorter, simpler, and cleaner. Testimony behind closed doors in the presence of lawyers will last longer. It will cover more topics. It will be more controversial. This will include more opportunities for Snyder to contemplate or accidentally say something other than the truth, opening the door to potential prosecution.
And if he ignores the subpoena, he faces almost certain criminal liability.
Simply put, Snyder refused to take the easy way out. Soon he will have to go through a difficult path.
After Wednesday’s hearing, a member of the Oversight Committee told Snyder some embarrassing facts.
“We live in a time where there are people who feel they are above the law,” Rep. Jamie Ruskin (D-Md.) said via Clarke and Maske. “Unfortunately, this sense of impunity and arrogance is something of a social contagion these days. . . . Perhaps Dan Snyder took a cue from those who thought they were somehow superior to the representatives of the people in Congress.
Yes, Snyder’s best play at this point would have been to submit to the Committee’s authority. Unfortunately, guys like Snyder don’t like to submit to anyone’s authority other than themselves. Especially when the submission includes the potential recognition of many things that can create various problems for him.
In fact, it is his choice at the moment. Show yourself and accept the consequences, or don’t show yourself and accept the consequences. Tell the truth and face the consequences, or don’t tell the truth and face the consequences.
This Summer of Accountability, as it relates to other cases in Washington, a much more belated reckoning will finally come for Daniel Snyder.