Commanders owner Daniel Snyder will not appear before the US House Committee on Oversight and Reform next week, either in person or virtually, because, among other things, he has a “commanders-related business conflict.” Given that Snyder is not supposed to be involved in the affairs of the commanders, this is confusing.
It’s not clear what the conflict is, but it’s clearly important enough to prevent him from testifying before the committee. Which raises a simple question. Is Snyder allowed to do this particular Commanders business?
We asked the league twice to fix this issue. We have not received a response to any letter. (Usually, when they don’t want to answer me, I ask three times before I get a casual “No comment.” This time I decided not to ask a third time.)
From my request on Thursday: “I want to make sure I’m not missing anything. Maybe it’s allowed. I’m not sure what the specific barriers to his participation are.”
Here’s what Commissioner Roger Goodell had to say about Snyder’s involvement in March: “Dan Snyder was not involved in day-to-day operations. Don’t believe he was at the facility at all and when we continue to have problems with the league Tanya has represented the team as CEO both on a day to day basis and here and that will continue for at least the foreseeable future. but Dan and I will talk about it at some point.”
The next day, Washington Times reported that Snyder had in fact resumed his regular role with the team. The league declined to comment on this report, which directly contradicted Goodell’s remarks.
And so the confusion about Snyder’s status continues. It dates back to July last year. Snyder insisted that it was not a suspension, but a voluntary move. Snyder’s lawyer also stated that Snyder could return whenever he wanted with Goodell’s approval; Goodell’s own words suggest otherwise.
While my questions could easily be ignored by the league, Goodell can (and should) be asked when he testifies next week to explain the Commanders cases that kept Snyder out and whether this particular part of the business fits. associated with the “Commanders”, with its current position. status. Goodell may try to work around this. I hope the Committee will not take no answer for an answer.