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U.S. House Oversight Committee will subpoena Commanders owner Daniel Snyder to testify before Congress

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Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder did not join NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to testify before the US House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, despite requests to do so. He will now be required by law to appear before Congress. Committee Chair Rep. Caroline B. Maloney (DN.Y.) announced during Wednesday’s hearing that she will file a subpoena for Snyder to testify in another deposition next week.

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“Mr. Snyder’s refusal to testify sends a clear signal that he is more concerned with protecting himself than with confessing to the American public,” Maloney said. “If the NFL is not willing to hold Mr. Snyder accountable, then I am willing to do so. The Committee will not hold back in its investigation to uncover the truth about workplace misconduct at Washington Command.”

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Goodell repeatedly countered Maloney’s claim that Snyder was not held accountable for his alleged role in Washington’s punishable work environment, arguing that the NFL imposed “unprecedented” discipline on commanding officers for their conduct. He added that Snyder has not attended league meetings since the NFL formally completed its own internal misconduct investigation, and that “to my knowledge” Snyder has not been involved in day-to-day operations of his own. team.

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Nevertheless, Maloney suggested that Washington, and Snyder in particular, were not properly punished for alleged surveillance and involvement in a culture of widespread persecution. She announced that the committee “uncovered evidence that Mr. Snyder conducted a shady investigation to prosecute his accusers, place blame on others, and influence the NFL’s own internal review.” She also said that the committee’s investigation “confirmed that the Commanders were covertly creating obscene videos featuring cheerleaders for the personal enjoyment of Daniel Snyder.”

Maloney introduced two pieces of legislation, the Workplace Misconduct Liability Act and the Professional Image Protection Act, in response to the committee’s findings regarding Washington.

“(Instead of showing up and taking responsibility for his actions,” Maloney said of Snyder, “he chose to leave town. Apparently, Mr. Snyder is in France, where he has moored his luxury yacht near the resort town. Say you how much respect he has for women in the workplace.”

Snyder’s lawyer previously announced that Commanders’ owner would not be able to attend Wednesday’s hearing due to “a longstanding business conflict involving Commanders,” but that Snyder “remains willing to cooperate with the committee” during his investigation in Washington. The committee rejected the previous request. Snyder’s legal team to postpone the hearing due to additional concerns about “questions (to be) addressed to Mr. Snyder”.

Asked if the NFL is committed to providing the full results of its Washington DC investigation to the Oversight Committee, Goodell expressed concern about the breach of confidentiality of anonymous victims involved in the investigation. Maloney asked if Goodell would release documents from the commanders’ investigation, as the NFL did in 2014 with its Miami Dolphins workplace conduct investigation, but Goodell said “we are committed to protecting (these) identities” of other accusers who remain anonymous.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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