Bruce Allen to testify at House Committee investigation in Washington NFL

Bruce Allen to testify at House Committee investigation in Washington NFL

Bruce Allen, the former team president of Washington’s NFL franchise, is scheduled to testify remotely Tuesday before the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

The committee is conducting an ongoing investigation into allegations of widespread sexual harassment within the organization now known as the Washington Commanders, including allegations against team owner Daniel Snyder. Snyder has denied all allegations against him.

“The committee continues to investigate decades of workplace misconduct by the Washington Commanders and the NFL’s failure to address it,” a spokesman for the committee said in a written statement. “Mr. Allen served in senior positions under team owner Dan Snyder for many years, so his testimony is important for the committee to fully understand these serious issues and to drive reforms to protect workers in the future.”

According to the spokesman, Allen was subpoenaed by the committee to testify.

The interrogation should be private. Such deposits are usually made by attorneys and committee staff.

Allen was not immediately available for comment. His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. According to a deposition notice, he was scheduled to testify beginning at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), the committee chair, wrote in a 29-page memo to other committee members in June that the panel’s investigation found evidence that Snyder and members of his legal team had a ” shadow investigation” and created a “dossier” targeting former team members, their lawyers and journalists in order to discredit his accusers and shift blame.

According to Maloney’s June memo, the committee’s investigation uncovered evidence that Snyder and his attorneys sent private investigators to the homes of former team cheerleaders to seek derogatory information about Allen and combed through more than 400,000 emails on Allen’s dormant team account to investigate convincing the NFL that Allen was “responsible for the team’s toxic work culture.”

Snyder fired Allen in December 2019 after Allen spent a decade as the team’s president.

Attorneys representing Snyder provided the Allen emails to attorney Beth Wilkinson, who was overseeing a league investigation into the team’s workplace, and the NFL, according to evidence found during the committee’s investigation.

An attorney for Snyder “identified Bruce Allen’s specific inappropriate emails to demonstrate that Bruce Allen had created a toxic environment at the Washington Commanders,” Maloney’s June memo said.

Some of those emails later appeared in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, including some in which Jon Gruden, then Las Vegas Raiders coach, used racist, homophobic, and misogynistic language during his roughly seven-year correspondence with Allen and others Gruden worked for ESPN.

Gruden resigned from the Raiders in October after the emails broke. He filed a lawsuit against the NFL in November, accusing the league and commissioner Roger Goodell of using leaked emails to “publicly sabotage Gruden’s career” and urged him to resign. The NFL has said it would not leak Gruden’s emails.

Tanya Snyder, the wife of Daniel Snyder and the team’s co-CEO, told fellow NFL franchise owners at a league meeting in New York in October that neither she nor her husband were responsible for the leaked emails, several people said at the time who were present at this meeting .

The NFL said in a filing with a Nevada court last month that Jon Gruden continued to “consistently send derogatory emails” while serving as the Raiders’ coach.

Daniel Snyder gave voluntary testimony under oath before the committee remotely for more than 10 hours in late July. Goodell testified remotely before the committee during a June 22 hearing on Capitol Hill.

In April, the committee detailed allegations of financial irregularities by Snyder and the team in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission. Attorneys general for D.C., Democrat Karl A. Racine, and Virginia, Republican Jason S. Miyares announced they would investigate. The team has denied committing any financial irregularities.

The NFL is conducting an ongoing investigation led by Mary Jo White, a former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York and former Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Following Wilkinson’s investigation, the NFL announced in July 2021 that the team had been fined $10 million and that Tanya Snyder would assume responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the franchise for an indefinite period.

Tiffani Johnston, a former cheerleader and marketing manager for the team, said at a congressional roundtable in February that Snyder molested her at a team dinner, placed his hand on her thigh and pushed her toward his limousine. Snyder denied the allegations, calling them “blatant lies.”

The Washington Post in June reported details of a then-employee’s allegation that Snyder sexually assaulted her during a flight on his private plane in April 2009, according to confidential handling. In a 2020 court filing, Snyder called the woman’s claims “baseless.”

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