Matthew McConaughey ‘joins’ Jay-Z and Jeff Bezos’ joint bid for NFL’s Commanders

Matthew McConaughey could be about to buy his favorite NFL team.

As reported by the New York Post, the 53-year-old actor joined Jeff Bezos and Jay-Z’s joint bid for the team, which recently went public after years of controversies involving owner Dan Snyder.

“Matthew has always been a huge fan and his ties to the team go back,” the sad source said. “They support his foundation and he’s good friends with Dan Snyder; he and [supermodel wife Camilla Alves] were on Dan’s yacht during the Super Bowl last year.”

A spokesman for Snyder was not available for comment.

Despite growing up in Texas, where rival Cowboys are easily the most popular professional sports team, McConaughey supported the Redskins, as they were then known. According to the Post, McConaughey preferred Washington because Redskins star linebacker Chris Hanburger’s name was almost the same as his favorite childhood food, hamburgers.

Actor Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila Alves arrive for Monday Night Football action between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on September 12, 2016 in Landover, Maryland.

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

Actor Matthew McConaughey speaks with Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder and Redskins team president Bruce Allen before a preseason game between the Baltimore Ravens and Redskins at FedExField on August 29, 2019. .

Snyder is considering selling the NFL franchise after years of controversy surrounding everything from the team’s name to sexual harassment allegations. It’s unclear if he would sell the entire team or is just looking to add a minority partner.

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

The 57-year-old billionaire already has four interested potential buyers, Forbes reports. 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.

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, former Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and entertainment mogul Byron Allen have also expressed interest in buying the team.

Despite growing up in Texas, where rival Cowboys are easily the most popular professional sports team, McConaughey supported the Redskins, as they were then known. According to the Post, McConaughey preferred Washington because Redskins star linebacker Chris Hanburger’s name was almost the same as his favorite childhood food, hamburgers. In this photo, Hanburger looks the Cleveland Browns quarterback in the eye during an NFL game at RFK Stadium on Dec. 19, 1971.

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

Dan Snyder is considering selling the NFL franchise after years of controversy surrounding everything from the team’s name to sexual harassment allegations. It’s unclear if he would sell the entire team or is just looking to add a minority partner.

The 57-year-old billionaire already has four interested potential buyers, Forbes reports. 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.

Durant is also a lifelong fan of the team.

“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. I hope it’s someone nice. I’ve heard [Amazon CEO Jeff] Bezos and Jay-Z, but you never know.”

‘I mean, how long have you had it now, 20-something years?’ Durant said of Snyder. “He’s probably the only owner I’ve known since I’ve lived for the Redskins/Commanders. So it’s definitely shocking to see him put them on because it’s his baby. The NFL teams are precious, they are important.

“But that’s going to be a team where everyone, everyone wants to be a part of the league. It’s one of the most lucrative teams in sports, so I’m sure there will be plenty of bidders.’

Durant went on to describe the Commanders as a team in progress surrounded by a premier sports market.

“Our market is incredible,” Durant said. ‘There’s a lot of support in D.C., a lot of money in D.C. to win I feel like we wrote well the last two years. We have some essential pieces that can help you win soccer games in the future. So yeah, I think it’s an attractive destination. Regardless of what’s going on, they pretty much built that team, built that stadium, built that brand pretty well.

‘I know we’ve had some losing seasons, but it’s starting to get better for us. I’m excited as a fan. I’m excited about the sale. I’m excited to see who they bring in and who they sell the team to and see how we move forward with that.

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 not a novice 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 of the National Women’s Soccer League, and even recently bought a stake in a professional pickleball team.

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

But as he told ESPN, nothing beats having the Commanders in his hometown.

“I would probably be more of a fan than trying to get involved with the team,” Durant said of the possibility of becoming an owner. ‘And it would be a good thing for my family, and just to have him in our family, it would be amazing to be a part of that group. Just getting a little closer to the team if I could be in that position. Try to learn the business, try to learn from the owners’ perspective and the front office perspective, the coach’s perspective, try to get closer to the players.”

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

“However, I don’t have a lot of money,” he said. “I don’t have that much money to say, ‘Look, man, let me get a piece of the equipment.’ So I’m sure it would have to work somehow, somehow. I’d love to, obviously, but to be honest, I doubt it will happen. It’s a five, six billion dollar team.

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

TMZ, which was first to report the news, claims that a joint offer 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.

Embattled Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder (pictured with his wife, Tanya), is considering selling the NFL franchise after years of controversy surrounding everything from the team’s name to sexual harassment allegations . It’s unclear if he would sell the entire team or is just looking to add a minority partner.

A fan holds a sign 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 possible sale at the time, but it never materialized.

It was previously rumored that both Jay-Z and Bezos were interested in buying NFL teams, but instead made moves to partner with the league.

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

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

An NFL spokesman did not immediately respond to a question from DailyMail.com about whether their existing deals with the league would prevent Jay-Z and Bezos from becoming owners of the team.

The Commanders are currently facing a litany 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 claims that Snyder withheld refundable deposits from ticket holders and hid income from NFL teams.

The news of a possible sale follows comments from Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay urging the NFL to remove Snyder as owner of the Commanders. Speaking at league meetings last month in New York, Irsay said “there is merit” in ousting Snyder, who ranks as one of the least popular owners in professional sports.

For starters, the Commanders have been terrible since Snyder bought the club in 1999. Washington, a three-time Super Bowl winner and five-time NFL champion, has made the postseason just six times during Snyder’s tenure. Current head coach Ron Rivera is Snyder’s 10th since taking control of the team.

The reference to the “gold standard for workplaces in the NFL” is curious, given that the team is being investigated by Congress for sexual harassment and hostile claims in the workplace.

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 looks on while wearing a “Sell the Team” sign during the second quarter between the Chicago Bears and the Washington Commanders at Soldier Field on October 13, 2022 in Chicago.

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

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

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

The Washington team was eventually renamed in 2022 as the Commanders after dropping their Redskins name in 2020 under wave scrutiny following the George Floyd protests.

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

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

In response, Snyder sued an Indian media company, MEA Worldwide, claiming that they participated in a smear campaign against him organized 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 negligence for allegedly defrauding season ticket holders of security deposits and improperly withholding ticket revenue from NFL teams. The Commanders have denied these claims.

Redskins cheerleaders seen dancing as part of a 2004 event, where Tiffany Bacon Scourby claims that Snyder suggested she spend some time with a close friend in a nearby hotel room.

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

Various reports have detailed allegations of sexual harassment made by former female employees against male co-workers and supervisors, many of whom have since been fired.

Sexual harassment allegations against team employees ranged from inappropriate comments to creating a lewd behind-the-scenes video of a cheerleading schedule session in 2008, according to a 2020 Washington Post report that first published the claims.

Additionally, a former cheerleader also alleged team owner Dan Snyder suggested she join his ‘close friend’ in a hotel room in 2004 so ‘they could get to know each other’.

Those revelations prompted an investigation of the team handled independently by DC-area attorney Beth Wilkinson, but the league quickly assumed control of that investigation with Wilkinson’s team reporting to the commissioner’s office.

The NFL then issued a $10 million fine to punish the club (which is worth an estimated $4.2 billion) and Snyder volunteered to relinquish day-to-day control of the team to his wife, Tanya.

Former Commanders employee Tiffani Johnston told the House Oversight Committee that Snyder once touched her thigh during a team dinner and pushed her into his limousine with his hand on her lower 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, claims Snyder has since denied.

Johnston’s testimony triggered a new league investigation that is currently being led by Mary Jo White, a former federal prosecutor and chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Lawyers representing some of the former Commanders employees who have filed complaints against the team responded to Wednesday’s news with a statement.

“Today’s news that Dan and Tanya Snyder are exploring the possibility of selling the Washington Commanders is a welcome development for the team, its former and current employees, and its many fans,” said attorneys Lisa Banks and Debra Katz. “We’ll have to see how this plays out, but this could obviously be a huge step towards healing and closure for the many 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 “they could get to know each other.”

In February 2022, a former employee told HBO that she saw Snyder laughing and smoking a cigar while watching a male executive grope his co-worker’s butt 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 into his limousine, which she refused.

Snyder privately settled a 2009 sexual harassment allegation for $1.6 million following an incident aboard his private plane, according to the Washington Post. The woman, a former club employee, says Snyder asked her for sex, groped her and tried to remove her clothes while the couple was on a team plane returning from Las Vegas.

His accuser had agreed not to sue the team or reveal his allegations as part of the settlement, but The Washington Post made them public in June 2022. The newspaper obtained a letter from a team attorney detailing his allegations and arguing that the claims were not true. believable. .

In addition, the billionaire is accused of disparaging executives, according to three members of the executive staff. Specifically, it is claimed that he ridiculed an employee named Dennis Greene for being a college cheerleader, once allegedly ordering him to do cartwheels for his amusement. Snyder temporarily handed over 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 negligence for allegedly defrauding season ticket holders 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 daily control of the franchise following the NFL’s investigation into sexual harassment claims against the club. He has since accused now-former team president Bruce Allen (right) of conspiring to spread false information about him on an Indian website.

COO Mitch Gershman: Former team employee Emily Applegate said he routinely praised her body and also regularly berated her for petty problems like printer failure. His allegations were supported by two other former employees. When contacted, Gershman told The Post, “I barely remember who she is,” adding that he “would apologize to anyone who thought I was verbally abusive.” Gershman left the team in 2015.

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

Former Washington Redskins pro personnel director Alex Santos

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

Team radio host Larry Michael: Seven former employees told The Post that “the voice of the Washington Redskins” frequently spoke openly about the appearance of female co-workers, often making sexually derogatory comments. He was once caught on a ‘hot microphone’ in 2018 discussing the appearance of an intern, six sources told The Post. He is also accused of ordering employees to edit together a behind-the-scenes video of lewd outtakes from a 2008 calendar shoot. Michael, who declined to speak to The Post, retired after 16 seasons in July 2020.

Former radio host Larry Michael (left) and former Deputy Director of Professional Staff Richard Mann II (right)

Assistant Director of Professional Personnel 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 he had plastic surgery on his breasts. He also warned another co-worker to expect an “inappropriate hug” from him, adding: “Don’t worry, that will be a stapler in my pocket, nothing more.” Mann declined to speak to The Post after being fired in July 2020.

Former President of Business Operations Dennis Greene

President of business operations Dennis Greene: Five former employees told The Post that Greene asked sales clerks to wear revealing outfits and flirt with season ticket holders and wealthy suite holders. Greene worked for the club for 17 years until 2018, when it was revealed that she had sold access to the team’s cheerleaders at a bikini photo shoot in Costa Rica as part of a ticket package. According to a New York Times investigation, the 2013 calendar session did not involve sex, but team officials worried the cheerleaders by taking away their passports. Some cheerleaders say they were asked to go topless, even though the session did not include nudity. After a 14-hour shoot one day, it was reported that nine of the 36 cheerleaders were asked to escort suite holders to a local nightclub. Several of the women began to cry, according to the Times. Greene declined to comment and has not worked for the team since resigning in 2018.

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