The Washington D.C. Attorney General announced on Thursday that the city is filing a lawsuit against Dan Snyder, the Washington Commanders, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and the NFL.
At a press conference, Attorney General Karl A. Racine said that Dan Snyder, the Commanders and the NFL colluded to deceive D.C. residents regarding investigations into a “toxic workplace culture that impacted female employees especially.”
Racine says he began the investigation in the Fall of 2021 and indicated that the A.G.’s office has been “been carefully and thoroughly investigating the Washington Commanders and Mr. Snyder, related to allegations of sexual harassment and workplace misconduct. What we will prove in court is clear wrongdoing and violations of D.C. resident’s consumer rights. The defendants lied about what they knew, and then they lied about what they were going to do about it, all in the service of protecting their image and profit.”
Racine added that the Commanders and the NFL “secretly entered an agreement” regarding an NFL investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, harassment and misogyny, in order to protect the team’s image and keep profits.
According to the AG’s office, the Commanders and the league “publicly promised to fully cooperate with an independent investigation into the toxic work environment and sexual harassment within the Commanders organization and promised results the fans could trust. But behind the scenes, Snyder waged an interference campaign to cover up years of harassment. And the NFL let him do it.”
In addition to this investigation, the team is also being investigated by the United States House Committee for Oversight and Reform, the Attorney General in Virginia, Congress and the National Football League for various economical activities.
Back in July of 2021, the NFL fined the team $10 million and owner Dan Snyder removed himself from day-to-day operations of the Commanders and gave them to his wife, Tanya, after an investigation revealed a “toxic workplace culture.”
The Snyders announced last week they hired Bank of America Securities to look into selling part or all of the team.