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Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder again rejects House Oversight Committee invitation to testify in workplace franchise investigation

Attorney for Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder reiterated Monday that Snyder will not testify before Congress on June 22, despite a request from the committee to reconsider.

Karen Patton Seymour declined the initial invitation from the House Oversight Committee investigating the COs’ alleged ‘toxic workplace culture’, saying Snyder had a ‘long-running business dispute related to the COs’ and was out of the picture. country at the end of June. Seymour had also requested copies of documents that committee members intend to use in their questioning.

On Friday, President Carolyn Maloney, DN.Y., sent Snyder’s attorney a six-page letter saying Snyder could testify virtually at the June 22 hearing, similar to what the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, should do that day. The chair also said the committee was not required to provide any documents, but would if Snyder agreed to testify.

On Monday, Seymour wrote to the committee that “Mr. Snyder’s business dispute was scheduled well in advance of this date and cannot be rescheduled. Further, your letter’s suggestion that Mr. Snyder can testify remotely does not respond.” not to my concern that a virtual appearance would sufficiently protect Mr. Snyder’s interest in having his attorney physically present with him.”

She went on to say, “The Snyders and team remain fully prepared to cooperate with the Committee and are eager to share the cultural transformation undertaken by the commanders should the Committee wish to obtain this information in a manner consistent with proper due process. . and fairness protections.”

A spokesperson for the House Oversight Committee told ESPN in a statement: “If Mr. Snyder were truly determined to cooperate with the committee’s investigation, he would have accepted the committee’s invitation to testify about the culture of toxic work of commanders.As the letter from the President made clear, the Committee has been more than accommodating, even allowing Mr. Snyder to testify remotely from France.His refusal to testify sends an unmistakable signal that Mr. Snyder has something to hide and is afraid to tell the truth to the American public and address the issue of worker protection concerns facing the NFL.The Committee will not be discouraged in its investigation to uncover the truth about the misconduct among Washington commanders.

In July 2021, the NFL fined commanders $10 million after its investigation into the franchise’s work culture under Snyder’s ownership. Congress began its investigation soon after, in October, and is also investigating allegations of a former employee who said she was sexually harassed by Snyder in 2019.

Washington fired several employees after allegations of sexual harassment were uncovered by the Washington Post in the summer of 2020. Others also accused of sexual harassment had already left the organization or resigned that summer.

Maloney said Snyder could testify despite other ongoing investigations, which was another reason cited for Snyder’s hesitation, according to his attorney’s letter. The NFL opened another investigation after the former employee’s allegations in February. Additionally, attorneys general in Virginia and Washington, DC are investigating allegations of financial impropriety.

“Congress has long investigated matters under parallel proceedings,” Maloney wrote.

She said that by not testifying, Snyder refuses “to accept responsibility for his actions for the culture he fostered within his team” and questions his “claim that commanders are now a role model.” on how to make extraordinary improvements in workplace culture”.

ESPN’s John Keim contributed to this report.