Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder is clearly dodging the US Congress.
Snyder refused to accept a subpoena to appear before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, a spokesman said in a statement Monday. Snyder had previously refused to appear before the committee, prompting him to issue a subpoena to try and force him to do so.
Snyder’s lawyer refused to accept Friday’s subpoena on Snyder’s behalf. according to Athletic.
“Mr. Snyder has so far refused to accept the committee’s subpoena,” the statement said. said. “While the committee has been and remains willing to consider reasonable accommodations requested by witnesses, we will not tolerate attempts to evade service of a duly authorized subpoena or seek special treatment not granted to other witnesses who testified in this case. The Committee will not refrain from taking Mr. Snyder’s testimony, and we remain committed to providing transparency on the toxic workplace culture at Washington Commanders and the NFL’s inadequate response.”
It is unclear what the commission will do next.
The committee is currently investigating allegations of workplace misconduct and sexual harassment within the Commanders organization and has been doing so for several months. The NFL has already fined the team $10 million after it investigated the commanders. Report from Washington Post Last week, new details were revealed of Snyder’s sexual assault allegation back in 2009, and that the team allegedly paid the woman accusing him $1.6 million as a settlement.
The committee tried to get Snyder to testify on Wednesday when Commissioner Roger Goodell did so remotely. Snyder refused, and his lawyer cited “a long-standing business conflict with commanders” as the reason, as he is currently in France.
“Had Mr. Snyder really been willing to cooperate with the Committee’s investigation, he would have accepted the Committee’s invitation to testify about the toxic culture of commanders in the workplace,” a committee spokesman said last week before the subpoena was issued. As is clear from the Chairman’s letter, the Committee was more than accommodating – even allowing Mr. Snyder to testify remotely from France.
“His refusal to testify sends an unmistakable signal that Mr. Snyder has something to hide and is afraid to come out to the American public and address the major worker protection issues facing the NFL. The Committee will not stop in its investigation to uncover the truth about workplace misconduct at Washington Command.”