One Washington Commanders player almost said he wanted team owner Dan Snyder to sell the team.
This was announced by the defender of the second year, Benjamin Saint-Just. Journal of QuebecFrench-Canadian newspaper, this week he believes that a “fresh start” will help the team move forward.
“Since I arrived here, a black cloud has hung over our organization,” Saint-Just said in French via Google Translate. “Every time something good happens on the field, something bad happens off the field. We would love to start over and regain the trust of the fans.”
While the Commanders haven’t been doing very well this season, the team’s 4-5 record is good enough to keep them on the hunt for the playoffs. But nobody talks about it. Instead, the spotlight has been on Snyder, who has been embroiled in numerous off-field controversies, including a federal investigation into the team’s corporate culture and allegations of fraud.
Commanders announced last week that Snyder and the organization had begun “looking at potential deals” for franchise ownership, but that’s about it as far as rumors go.
More troubling news followed this week when the team used running back Brian Robinson’s shooting case in retaliation for Attorney General Carl Racine. press conference planning regarding the team and its investigation. Robinson’s agent later said that he was grateful to the organization’s representatives for their reaction to the murder of his client, but “whoever is hiding behind this statement is not one of them.”
Saint-Just is the first and currently the only player to publicly isolate his dissatisfaction with the club’s ownership, but his feelings should not be dismissed as one-off. He mentioned that even when good things happen on the field, the organization drains energy from its problems.
If Saint-Just’s wish comes true, the Commanders could have new owners by next season. This was reported by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports. Snyder wants $7 billion for the franchise and wants to complete any deal by March 2023. Potential fans have already begun to emerge, including a group that includes Jeff Bezos, Jay-Z and Matthew McConaughey.