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How Commanders owner Dan Snyder and the NFL’s investigation could be impacted by Robert Sarver’s sale of Suns

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After Robert Sarver announced on Wednesday his intentions to sell the Phoenix Suns and the Phoenix Mercury, some sports world views returned to Washington and antagonized Commanders owner Dan Snyder.

Last week, the NBA released its findings on Sarver after a year-long investigation into workplace misconduct and inappropriate behavior. Along with the release of the report, the NBA fined Sarver $10 million and suspended him for a year. A week later, under pressure from inside and outside the Suns organization, Sarver vowed to sell both the Suns and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.

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“As a person of faith, I believe in redemption and the path to forgiveness,” Sarver wrote in a statement Wednesday. “I expected that the commissioner’s suspension for one year would give me time to focus, correct the situation and resolve my personal differences with the teams that I and many fans love.

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“But in our current unforgiving climate, it has become painfully clear that this is no longer possible – that all the good that I have done or could still do is outweighed by what I have said in the past. For these reasons, I am beginning the process of finding buyers for the Suns and Mercury.”

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Pressure increased on Sarver from his minority owner and sponsors to sell the team. Jam Najafi, the team’s second largest shareholder, called on Sarver to step down. paypal said it will not be renewed as team sponsor if Sarver had stayed.

While Snyder has faced congressional pressure and dealt with disgruntled fans, one source noted that the unique pressure Sarver faced is not in front of Snyder. Earlier this year, Snyder bought out his minority shareholders and became a 100% owner of Commanders.

And just an hour before Sarver’s news broke on Wednesday, Commanders announced a new sponsor to the training base of the team.

Snyder, who has not been involved in day-to-day operations with Washington Command since July 2021, is the subject of two more investigations into alleged misconduct. Mary Jo White, former chair of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, is leading the investigation.

It is known that the NFL decided not to release the written report after a year-long investigation into workplace misconduct by Beth Wilkinson. The league fined Snyder $10 million and he has not represented the team at league meetings or been involved in day-to-day operations since.

In February, the league said it would release White’s written report after it was completed. The first allegation concerns former team member Tiffany Johnston, who alleged that Snyder sexually harassed her during a work dinner in 2005 or 2006. Another investigation concerns alleged financial improprieties regarding Washington’s ticket revenue.

Cinder denied wrongdoing allegations.

Jeff Miller, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications, public relations and policy, said last week that White is still conducting those investigations and has no timeline for her findings to be made public.

The NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell declined to release the findings of the Wilkinson report. Goodell said that because the league promised anonymity to witnesses and victims, the league could not release even a heavily redacted report.

Back in July, Snyder testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight for more than 10 hours. The details of these testimonies have not yet been disclosed.


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