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Daniel Snyder gets more aggressive in his attacks on media that dare to criticize him

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As a next step, Commanders owner Daniel Snyder might declare the press an enemy of the people.

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Snyder is slowly becoming more aggressive towards those in the media who dare to write or talk about a story that culminated in a discipline that was announced a year ago on Friday, when the NFL chose the best possible slow news day on the calendar to present its still strange refusal to disclose any specific facts and findings arising from a 10-month investigation by Beth Wilkinson’s culture team’s lawyer.

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They took it off. They issued a press release, held a conference call with the media, and then waited for the July 4th four-day weekend to unfold. By the time Thursday, July 1 became Tuesday, July 6, the NFL’s blatant failure of transparency was forgotten. Indeed, were it not for the decision to use emails from the team’s server against then-Raiders coach John Gruden, no real verification would ever have occurred.

But Gruden’s emails turned July’s mild curiosity into October’s serious controversy. The media and fans have realized that Gruden’s emails may be the tip of a poisonous iceberg that the league and team have been hiding. The House Oversight Committee intervened by opening an investigation. And although the league hoped to resolve the situation without resorting to public hearings, this did not happen.

So now that the Oversight Committee continues to try to achieve its goal of getting Snyder to testify, it’s much more focused on punishing those who dare point out that he was potentially not punished enough (if he was punished at all). ) for being the captain of the Bad Ship Lollipop. This attitude first surfaced on the day the Commissioner testified before the Committee, in the form of a letter to team members in which they tried to make them think that Snyder’s continued criticism amounted to attacking them personally. Snyder became even more blunt in a statement released by a spokesman Washington Post in connection with a story which, based on the testimony obtained by the Committee, suggests that his excuse “I was a non-intrusive owner” does not stand up to scrutiny.

“Despite Mr. Snyder’s constant apology and regret for the team’s historic issues, The Washington Post goes out of its way to attack his character and ignore the successful efforts of Dan and Tanya Snyder, along with Jason Wright and coach Ron. Rivera, for having seen a remarkable transformation in the organization over the past two years,” the spokesperson said. “The Sniders will continue to focus on their fight for league leadership to bring more respect and much-needed diversity and equality to the workplace in the face of constant and unfounded attacks from the media and other sources.”

First of all, it’s not really “attacks”. Instead, they are an honest account and analysis of a terribly bad workplace situation that, as far as can be judged, has not yet resulted in real and meaningful accountability. Secondly, they are not unfounded; Snyder deserves to be criticized for the organization he ran, whether he was there every day or just showed up periodically while others committed more regular alleged misdeeds. Finally, they are not exactly “permanent”. Given the significance of this story, in light of the fact that things are otherwise as slow as it gets when it comes to NFL news, this is fair and proper attention, especially when the league and team continue to hide behind aggressive players. the disingenuous idea that since some employees asked for anonymity during the investigation, anything that came to light should be hidden forever.

Despite all this, it’s unclear if Snyder defied the arrangement that required him to refrain from his day-to-day role. When the commissioner testified on June 22 that Snyder was not currently performing those functions, “to my knowledge,” the commissioner was trying not to fall into the trap of perjury, given the very real possibility that Snyder was doing what he was damn good at. Like. However, it is clear that the Committee is still unable to serve him with a subpoena, and that he refuses to accept service on his superyacht or anywhere else where he currently hides.

Stop and think about this for a moment. No matter what bad things Snyder may have done in the past, or whatever good things he may be trying to do now, he appears to be doing his best to avoid a mandate from a duly elected and fully empowered body of the United States government. get him to answer questions on topics that he and the league managed to ignore. I believe that if/when he ever has to ask questions, he will answer each one with a variation on the statement given Mail.

Despite my continued apology and regret over the historical issues that have arisen within the team, Congress has gone out of its way to criticize my character and ignore the successful efforts of me and my wife, along with Jason Wright and coach Ron Rivera, over the past two years to achieve significant changes in the organization. We will continue to focus on their struggle for league leadership in order to achieve greater respect and much-needed diversity and equality in the workplace in the face of constant and unwarranted attacks from Congress and others.



Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

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