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Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant has joined the list of wealthy potential buyers for the NFL’s Washington Commanders, the football team he has rooted for since growing up in the Beltway.

“In a perfect world, I would be a part of it,” Durant told ESPN. “I would love to do it. I’d love to give some of my money to be a part of the Commanders, but we’ll see. Hopefully someone nice. I heard [Amazon CEO Jeff] Bezos and Jay-Z, but you never know.’

Durant ranks sixth on Forbes’ list of the highest-paid athletes in 2022 with $92.8 million, including $42 million in salary and $50 million in off-court earnings. Now, he joins Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and rapper Jay-Z among those interested in buying the embattled team from owner Dan Snyder. Bezos and Jay-Z may make a joint bid, according to ESPN. Byron Allen has also reportedly expressed interest in the team after passing up an offer from the Denver Broncos earlier this year.

Snyder is considering selling the NFL franchise after controversies ranging from team names to allegations of sexual harassment. It is unclear whether he will sell the entire group or just add a minority partner.

Snyder has retained Bank of America to sell the Commanders, the club announced Wednesday.

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant has joined the list of wealthy potential buyers for the NFL’s Washington Commanders, the football team he has rooted for since growing up in the Beltway.

Dan Snyder is considering selling the NFL franchise after years of controversy, from the team’s name to allegations of sexual harassment. It is unclear whether he will sell the entire group or just add a minority partner

Forbes reports that the 57-year-old billionaire has interested four potential buyers. The Commanders (4-4) are worth about $5.6 billion — sixth best among NFL teams — according to Forbes. Snyder bought the club for $800 million in 1999.

A spokesperson for the rapper and Snyder did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

“I mean, how long has he been around now — about 20 years?” Durant said. “He’s probably the only Redskins/Commanders owner I’ve known since I’ve been alive. So it’s definitely a shock to see him put them on because it’s his baby. NFL teams are precious, they are important.

“But that will be a team that everyone wants to be part of the league. It is one of the most profitable teams in sports, so I am sure there will be many bidders.’

Durant described the Commanders as an improving team surrounded by a high-end sports market.

“Our market is incredible,” Durant said. “There’s a lot of support in D.C. to make a lot of money in D.C. I think we have adapted well in the last two years. We’ve got some basic pieces that will help you win football games going forward. So yes, I think it’s an attractive destination. Regardless of what’s going on, they built that pretty team, they built that stadium, they built a pretty cool brand.

“I know we’ve had some losing seasons, but it’s starting to come to us. I’m excited as a fan. I am excited about the sale. I’m excited to see who they bring the team to and who they sell it to and see how we move forward.”

NBA player Kevin Durant attends the game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium on September 24, 2015 in East Rutherford.

Durant is no rookie sports owner.

He bought a 5 percent stake in MLS’s Philadelphia Union, which nearly won the League Cup on Sunday before falling to LAFC on penalties. He is also a minority owner of NY/NJ Gotham FC in the National Women’s Soccer League, and recently bought into a professional pickleball team.

He even mentioned the possibility of owning an NBA team in Seattle, where he started his career with the SuperSonics before moving to Oklahoma City in 2008.

But as he told ESPN, nothing would beat owning the Commanders in his hometown.

“I’d probably stay more of a fan than try to be part of the team,” Durant said of the possibility of ownership. “And it would be something nice for my family, and to have it in our family, it would be awesome to be a part of that team. Getting a little closer to the team, if I could be in that position. Try to learn the business, try to learn from the perspective of ownership and the front-office perspective, from the perspective of the coach, try to approach the players.’

Durant admitted that he would not be able to buy the team outright, and would probably have to be part of a group of investors.

“I don’t have a lot of money, though,” he said. “I don’t have that much money to say, ‘Look, man, give me a piece of the team.’ So I’m sure it should work somehow, somehow. I’d love to, of course, but to be honest, I doubt it will happen. It’s a group of five, six billion dollars.’

Both Jay-Z and Jeff Bezos are also reportedly interested in buying Commander from embattled owner Dan Snyder.

TMZ, which first reported the news, says a joint bid between Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter, 52, and Bezos, 58, is “on the table.”

Byron Allen is reportedly preparing a bid to take control of the NFL’s Washington Commanders

Jay-Z and Jeff Bezos are reportedly interested in buying the NFL’s Washington Commanders from embattled owner Dan Snyder.

Repairing Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder (pictured with wife Tanya) is considering selling the NFL franchise after controversies ranging from the team’s name to allegations of sexual harassment. It is unclear whether he will sell the entire group or just add a minority partner

A fan holds up a poster of Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos during a game between the New York Jets and the Washington Redskins at FedExField on November 17, 2019 in Landover, Maryland. Bezos was linked to a potential sale at the time, but it never materialized

Jay-Z and Bezos were rumored to be interested in buying NFL teams, but they made moves to partner with the league.

In 2019, the NFL announced a partnership with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation to host live broadcasts at league games, such as the Super Bowl halftime show.

Bezos, who ranks among the world’s richest men with a net worth of $120 billion, owns Amazon, and bought the rights to Thursday Night Football for $1 billion per season.

An NFL spokesman did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s question about whether their agreements with the league would prevent Jay-Z and Bezos from owning teams.

The commander is currently beset by a number of scandals, including a federal investigation into allegations of financial misconduct. Previously, the attorneys general of Virginia and Washington, D.C., announced similar investigations into allegations that Snyder withheld refundable deposits from ticket holders and hid income from NFL teams.

News of a potential sale follows comments from Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay asking the NFL to remove Snyder as owner of the Commanders. Speaking at the league meetings in New York last month, Irsay said it’s “worth it” to start Snyder, who is among the least known owners in professional sports.

For starters, the Commanders have been incredible since Snyder bought the club in 1999. Washington, a three-time Super Bowl winner and five-time NFL champion, has reached the postseason only six times during Snyder’s tenure. The current head coach, Ron Rivera, is Snyder’s 10th since taking over the team.

The reference to the “gold standard for NFL workplaces” is odd, given that Congress is investigating the team over sexual harassment and workplace allegations.

A Washington Commanders fan holds a sign before a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 30, 2022 in Indianapolis.

A Washington Commanders fan holds a sign that reads ‘Sell The Team’ looks on during the second quarter of the Chicago Bears vs Washington Commanders game at Soldier Field on October 13, 2022 in Chicago.

The group’s former minority owners include FedEx Corp. CEO Fred Smith, Black Diamond Capital chairman Robert Rothman (right) and NVR Inc. Dwight Schar. consisted of the chairman of the board (left), who controlled a combined 40 percent stake worth roughly $1.4 billion, according to Forbes. A 2019 valuation of $3.4 billion. They have since sold their shares to Snyder following a contentious rift between the ownership group.

FedEx Corp. CEO Fred Smith (pictured) believed he had found a buyer for the Commanders in 2020, but the deal never went through because Snyder refused to sell at the time.

During Snyder’s tenure, the team has been criticized for its now former nickname, the Redskins, which is considered offensive to Native Americans.

The Washington team finally changed to the Commanders in 2022 after dropping the Redskins name in 2020 under the control of the waves following the George Floyd protests.

In 2021, Snyder bought out minority partners Fred Smith, Dwight Schar, and Bob Rothman for $875 million after infighting during the year.

Smith, Schar and Rothman have been hoping to sell their shares for much of 2020. In fact, Smith reportedly negotiated a $900 million sale of the stock, according to the Washington Post , but Snyder blocked the sale, urging Smith, Schar and Rothman. sue in federal court.

In response, Snyder sued an Indian media company, MEA Worldwide, alleging that they were involved in a smear campaign against him orchestrated by Schar to force him to sell his stake.

The club is currently facing a criminal investigation in Virginia, where the Commanders are accused of financial misconduct by defrauding season ticket holders out of security deposits and improperly withholding ticket revenue from NFL teams. The commanders have denied these claims.

Redskins cheerleaders were spotted dancing as part of a 2004 event where Tiffany Bacon Scourby says Snyder suggested she spend some time with a close friend of hers in a nearby hotel room.

Additionally, Commanders are the subject of a congressional investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and workplace hostility.

Various reports have detailed allegations of sexual harassment by former female employees against male colleagues and supervisors, many of whom were fired.

Allegations of sexual harassment against the band’s employees ranged from inappropriate comments to the creation of a lewd behind-the-scenes video of an entertainer’s calendar shoot in 2008, according to a 2020 Washington Post report that first disclosed the claims.

In addition, a former entertainer also alleged that team owner Dan Snyder suggested he join his ‘close friend’ in a hotel room in 2004, ‘so we could get to know each other’.

Those revelations prompted an independent team investigation led by D.C. attorney Beth Wilkinson, but the league quickly took control of that probe after Wilkinson’s team reported it to the commissioner’s office.

The NFL then fined the club $10 million (estimated at $4.2 billion) and Snyder offered to hand over day-to-day control of the team to his wife, Tanya.

Former Commander Tiffani Johnston told the Congressional Oversight Committee that Snyder once stepped on her thigh at a team dinner and pushed her toward the limousine with his hand on her back. Snyder has denied the allegation

But the league’s refusal to release a report on its investigation, citing witness privacy concerns, prompted the Oversight Committee to launch its own investigation into the team, Snyder and even the NFL.

That investigation has led to more allegations of sexual harassment. Specifically, former team employee Tiffani Johnston testified in February that Snyder grabbed her thigh at a team dinner and pressured her into a limousine — a claim Snyder has since denied.

Johnston’s testimony launched a new investigation into the league, which is being led by Mary Jo White, a former U.S. attorney and chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Attorneys representing some of the former Commanders employees who have filed lawsuits against the group responded to Wednesday’s news with a statement.

“Today’s news that Dan and Tanya Snyder are considering selling the Washington Commanders is a welcome development for the team, its past and present employees and its many fans,” said attorneys Lisa Banks and Debra Katz. “We’ll have to see how that plays out, but obviously this could be a big step toward healing and closure for the brave women and men who came forward.”

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A former cheerleader named Tiffany Bacon Scourby told the Washington Post that Snyder suggested she join his “close friend” in a hotel room in 2004 so “we could get to know each other.”

In February 2022, a former female employee told HBO that she saw Snyder laughing and puffing on a cigar while watching a male executive growl his female colleague’s rear in Snyder’s private suite at FedEx Field.

Another former employee, Tiffani Mattingly Johnston, said Snyder once put his hand on her knee at a dinner party and then pressured her to get into a limo, which she refused.

Snyder privately settled a sexual harassment allegation in 2009 for $1.6 million over an incident on his private jet, according to the Washington Post. The woman, a former club employee, said Snyder demanded sex, groped her and tried to remove her clothes while the couple was on the team’s flight back from Las Vegas.

His accuser agreed not to sue the group or disclose his allegations as part of the settlement, but The Washington Post made them public in June 2022. The newspaper obtained a letter from a lawyer for the group detailing its allegations, arguing that the claims were not credible. .

The billionaire is also accused of belittling executives, according to three members of the executive. Specifically, they say he made fun of an employee named Dennis Greene for being a college cheerleader, once ordering him to do cartwheels for his own amusement. Snyder temporarily handed day-to-day control of the club to his wife, Tanya, as the club was fined $10 million by the NFL. He now faces a criminal investigation in Virginia, where the club is accused of financial misconduct by defrauding season ticket holders out of security deposits and improperly withholding ticket revenue from NFL teams. The commanders have denied these claims.

Dan Snyder (left) still owns the Washington Football Team, but temporarily relinquished day-to-day control of the franchise after the NFL investigated sexual harassment claims against the club. Bruce Allen (right), now the team’s former president, has since been accused of conspiring to spread false information about him to an Indian website.

COO Mitch Gershman: Former team member Emily Applegate said she regularly praised her body for minor problems like printer malfunctions. Her allegations were supported by two other former female employees. When contacted, Gershman told The Post, “I hardly even remember who it is,” adding that he would “apologise to anyone who thought I was verbally abusive.” Gershman left the band in 2015.

Team President Bruce Allen: Although Allen did not accuse him of sexual harassment or verbal abuse, Applegate says he must have known about his problems because “he sat 30 feet away from me … and he would see me crying at my desk several times a week.” ‘ The brother of former Virginia Governor and US Senator George Allen, Bruce found himself at the center of Jon Gruden’s email controversy in October 2021, when the former Raiders coach’s racist and homophobic messages were mysteriously leaked to the media. Ultimately, the emails led to Gruden being fired as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. Bruce Allen was fired after the 2019 season, when Washington went 3-13.

Alex Santos, former director of personnel for the Washington Redskins

Pro personnel director Alex Santos: Six former employees and two reporters who covered the team told the Washington Post that Santos made inappropriate remarks about their appearances. He also asked them if they were romantically interested. In 2019, he allegedly pinched Rhiannon Walker, a reporter for The Athletic, and told her she had “an ass like a cart”. This prompted an internal investigation. Another reporter, the Ringer’s Nora Princiotti, also accused Santos of harassing her. Santos, who declined to speak to The Post, was fired in July 2020.

Team radio announcer Larry Michael: Seven former employees told The Post that the “voice of the Washington Redskins” frequently spoke openly about the appearance of female colleagues, often making sexually derogatory remarks. In 2018, he was once caught “on a hot mic” discussing the appearance of an intern, six sources told The Post. They are also accused of ordering employees to co-edit an obscene video taken behind the scenes of a 2008 calendar shoot. Michael, who declined to speak to The Post, retired in July 2020 after 16 seasons.

Former broadcaster Larry Michael (left) and former assistant director of pros Richard Mann II (right)

Assistant director of professional staff Richard Mann II: In a text message obtained by The Post, Mann told a female colleague that he and other men in the office discussed whether she should have plastic surgery on her breasts. He also warned another female colleague to expect an “inappropriate hug” from him, adding: “don’t worry about the stapler in my pocket, that’s all.” Mann declined to speak to The Post after his release in July 2020.

Former President of Business Operations Dennis Greene

Dennis Greene, president of business operations: Five former employees told The Post that Greene asked saleswomen to wear revealing clothing and flirt with wealthy season ticket holders and suite guests. Green worked for the club for 17 years until 2018, when he sold access to the team’s cheerleaders at a bikini show in Costa Rica as part of a ticket package. According to a New York Times investigation, the 2013 calendar shoot did not involve sex, but the group’s managers harassed the entertainers by taking their passports. Some animators say they were required to go topless, even though the shoot did not involve nudity. After a 14-hour shoot one day, nine of the 36 entertainers were reportedly asked to escort the suite holders to a local nightclub. Several women began to cry, according to the Times. Green declined to comment and has not worked with the team since resigning in 2018.

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