Commanders are criticized for a disastrous statement attacking DC’s Attorney General during an investigation of the team

Washington commanders dismissed the team’s disastrous statement in response to news of an impending law enforcement announcement about the beleaguered NFL club.

On Wednesday, District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced a Thursday press conference where he plans to release information about the commanders. The specific topic of the press conference has not been announced.

The team responded to Racine’s announcement later Wednesday by declining to file charges against the attorney general in the August shooting of quarterback Brian Robinson Jr., who survived the incident and has since returned to action. What’s more, the team tried to redirect the news to Washington’s violent crime rate.

“Despite violent crime spiraling out of control in DC, commanders in Washington learned on Twitter for the first time today that the DC Attorney General will hold a press conference tomorrow to make a major announcement related to the organization,” the team’s statement read.

Robinson’s agent, Ryan Williams, has since condemned the team’s initial statement on Twitter: “While I know there are some great people in this building, who is behind this statement is not.”

Later Thursday, Commanders President Jason Wright retracted the team’s initial statement following Williams’ Twitter post expressing support for D.C. Police Chief Robert J. Contee III.

Washington commanders dismissed the team’s disastrous statement in response to news of an impending law enforcement announcement about the beleaguered NFL club. PICTURED: Team owners Dan and Tanya Snyder

On Wednesday, District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced a Thursday press conference where he plans to release information about the commanders. The specific topic of the press conference was not disclosed. The team responded to Racine’s announcement later Wednesday by declining to file charges against the attorney general in the August shooting of quarterback Brian Robinson Jr., who survived the incident and has since returned to action. What’s more, the team tried to redirect the news to Washington’s violent crime rate

Robinson’s agent, Ryan Williams, has since condemned the team’s initial statement on Twitter

Brian Robinson Jr. (pictured) was shot twice in the leg on August 28 in a busy area of ​​Northeast Washington. He has since undergone surgery and made his NFL debut and claimed the running back spot on the depth chart. D.C. Metro Police have arrested a 17-year-old man for Robinson’s shooting

“I just spoke with Chief Contee, letting him know how much we support the work of MPD, as well as the public safety leaders and elected officials working to reduce gun violence and crime throughout the region,” Wright said.

“In an earlier statement, our outside lawyers expressed their continued frustration with the Attorney General’s office for being nothing but serious and transparent in their dealings with this team. The lawyers’ legitimate frustrations with the AG should have been separate and unrelated to the horrific crime that affected our player.

The developments are just the latest in a wave of negative news surrounding the Commanders and struggling team owner Dan Snyder, who has hired a bank to explore the possibility of selling all or part of the club.

The commanders are currently the subject of a congressional investigation into hostile workplace and sexual harassment allegations, some of which were brought specifically against Snyder. He has denied the allegations.

But Racine is believed not to investigate these claims.

Commander President Jason Wright (left) pushed back on the team’s initial statement following Williams’ Twitter post expressing support for D.C. Police Chief Robert J. Contee III (right)

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine (pictured) makes the announcement about the commanders on Thursday. Racine’s office has been investigating allegations of financial abuse

Rather, his office has been investigating the team since the House Oversight and Reform Committee referred allegations of financial abuse by commanders to the attorney general.

The referral comes after the NFL fined the team $10 million in July 2021 for the organization’s handling of sexual harassment allegations. The league did not release a written report of its findings, prompting an oversight committee to investigate. In the end, both Commissioner Roger Goodell and even Snyder testified before the committee, although a statement from the Commander’s owner has not been released.

During that investigation, the oversight committee learned of allegations of financial irregularities against the team spanning more than a decade. The club is accused of improperly withholding ticket revenue received from visiting opponents and refunds from fans. Commanders have denied the allegations.

The committee notified the Federal Trade Commissioner and Racine’s office of the claims in April. Soon after, Virginia Attorney General Jason S. Miyares opened an investigation into the allegations.

“Snyder can no longer evade subpoenas or avoid testifying or answering questions,” an anonymous source told The Washington Post.

Racine disclosed his office’s investigation last month and will make another announcement about the team on Thursday.

In a letter obtained by DailyMail.com, the committee said the club also withheld ticket revenue from away teams and kept duplicate financial records to cover up these crimes. The committee’s investigation includes emails and other documents, as well as statements from former employees, all of which point to a “troubling, long-term and potentially illegal pattern of financial conduct,” according to the letter.

The team responded to Racine’s report Wednesday with its own initial statement, citing Robinson.

“Less than three months ago, a 23-year-old player on our team was shot multiple times in broad daylight,” the statement read. “Despite violent crime spiraling out of control in D.C., Washington commanders took to Twitter today to learn for the first time that the D.C. Attorney General will hold a press conference tomorrow to make a major announcement related to the organization.”

A statement from Snyder’s team attacked Racine’s office and appeared to question the lack of advance warning about Thursday’s announcement.

“The commanders have cooperated fully with the AG’s investigation for nearly a year,” the statement continued. “As recently as Monday, the team’s attorney met with the AG, who at the time gave no indication that he was going to take any action, and revealed fundamental misunderstandings about the underlying facts.

“It’s unfortunate that Mr. Racine, in his final days in office, seems more interested in making gaudy headlines based on outlandish legal theories than doing the hard work of making the streets safe for our citizens, including prosecution. the people who shot one of our players.

Williams, Robinson’s agent, released a statement on Twitter: “Until an hour ago, the commanders handled Brian Robinson’s situation with so much care, sincerity, and class. And I was so grateful for all of that. While I know there are great people in this building, whoever hiding behind the statement, one of them.

D.C. Metro Police have arrested a 17-year-old man for Robinson’s shooting. According to Contee, the juvenile is charged with assault with intent to rob while armed.

Robinson was shot twice in the leg on August 28 in a busy area of ​​Northeast Washington. He has since undergone surgery and made his NFL debut and claimed the running back spot on the depth chart.

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

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

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

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

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

Several billionaires are said to be interested in buying Commander, including Boston Red Sox co-owner John Henry, who is rumored to be selling Liverpool FC.

However, Henry may face stiff competition for the team from the bidding bloc of Jeff Bezos, Jay-Z and Matthew McConaughey.

The 57-year-old Snyder has four interested potential buyers, Forbes reports. The Commander (4-4) is worth about $5.6 billion, according to Forbes, which ranks sixth among NFL teams. Snyder bought the club in 1999 for a reported $800 million.

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

Both Jay-Z and Bezos were previously rumored to be interested in buying NFL teams, but instead partnered 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.

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

A Washington Commander fan holds up a sign during a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 30, 2022 in Indianapolis

A Washington Commander fan looks on while holding a sign that reads ‘Sell The Team’ during the second quarter between the Chicago Bears and the Washington Commander at Soldier Field on October 13, 2022 in Chicago.

News of the potential sale follows comments from Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay calling for the NFL to remove Snyder as commander-in-chief. Speaking at league meetings in New York last month, Irsay said it was worth starting Snyder, 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 reached the postseason just six times during Snyder’s tenure. Current head coach Ron Rivera is Snyder’s 10th since taking control of the team.

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

The Washington team eventually rebranded as the Commander in 2022 after shedding its Redskins name in 2020 amid a wave of scrutiny following the George Floyd protests.

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

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

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

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

In response, Snyder sued Indian media company MEA Worldwide, alleging they were part of 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 for defrauding season ticket holders of deposits and improperly withholding ticket revenue from NFL teams. Commanders have denied these claims.

In addition, the commanders are the subject of a congressional investigation into sexual harassment and hostile workplace allegations.

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

According to a 2020 Washington Post report where the allegations were first made public, allegations of sexual harassment by team members ranged from inappropriate comments to the creation of a lewd behind-the-scenes video from a 2008 cheerleader calendar shoot.

The former cheerleader further claimed that team owner Dan Snyder suggested she join a “close friend” of his in a hotel room in 2004 so they could get to know each other.

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

Tiffani Johnston, a former staffer for the commander, told the Congressional Oversight Committee that Snyder once groped her thigh during a team dinner and pushed her toward his limo with his hand on her lower back. Snyder has denied the allegation

Those revelations prompted a team investigation led independently by D.C. district attorney Beth Wilkinson, but the league quickly took control of that probe and Wilkinson’s team reported to the commissioner’s office.

The NFL then fined the club $10 million (estimated to be worth $4.2 billion), and Snyder voluntarily handed day-to-day control of the team to his wife, Tanya.

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

This 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 limo, allegations Snyder has since denied.

Johnston’s testimony triggered a new league investigation, now led by former U.S. attorney and Securities and Exchange Commission chairwoman Mary Jo White.

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A former cheerleader named Tiffany Bacon Scourby told the Washington Post that Snyder suggested she join a close friend in a hotel room in 2004 so they 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 grope her female co-worker’s rear in Snyder’s private suite at FedEx Field.

Another former employee, Tiffani Mattingly Johnston, said Snyder once put her on his knee at dinner and later pressured her into getting into a limo, which she refused.

Snyder privately settled one sexual harassment allegation for $1.6 million in 2009 after an incident aboard his private jet, according to the Washington Post. The woman, a former club employee, claims Snyder asked her for sex, groped her and tried to remove her clothes while the pair were on a crew plane returning from Las Vegas.

His accuser had agreed not to sue the team or disclose his allegations as part of the settlement, but The Washington Post published them in June 2022. The newspaper obtained a letter from the team’s attorney detailing his claims, saying the allegations were not credible. .

What’s more, the billionaire is accused of belittling executives, three members of the executive staff said. Specifically, it is alleged that he ridiculed an employee named Dennis Greene for a college cheerleader who allegedly told him to do cartwheels for his own amusement. Snyder temporarily handed day-to-day control of the club to his wife, Tanya, after the NFL fined the club $10 million. He now faces a criminal investigation in Virginia, where the club is accused of financial misconduct by defrauding season ticket holders of deposits and improperly withholding ticket revenue from NFL teams. Commanders have denied these claims.

Dan Snyder (left) still owns the Washington football team but temporarily relinquished day-to-day control of the franchise following an NFL investigation into sexual harassment claims against the club. He has since accused current former team president Bruce Allen (right) of conspiring to spread false information about him to an Indian website.

Operations manager Mitch Gershman: Former crew member Emily Applegate said he routinely complimented her on her body while also regularly scolding her for trivial issues like printer malfunctions. His claims were supported by two other former female employees. When contacted, Gershman told The Post, “I barely even remember who he is,” adding that he would “apologise to anyone who thinks 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. ‘ The former Virginia Bruce, the brother of Governor and U.S. Senator George Allen, was at the center of the Jon Gruden email controversy in October 2021 when the now-former Raiders coach’s racist and homophobic messages were mysteriously leaked to the media. The emails eventually 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 Director of Pro Personnel Alex Santos

Pro staff director 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 performance. He also asked them if they were romantically interested in him. In 2019, he allegedly pinched The Athletic reporter Rhiannon Walker and told her she had “an ass like a cart.” This led to an internal investigation. Another reporter, the Ringer’s Nora Princiotti, also accused Santo of harassing her. Santos, who declined to speak to The Post, was fired in July 2020.

Team radio play-by-play man Larry Michael: Seven former employees told The Post that the “voice of the Washington Redskins” often talked openly about the appearance of female co-workers, often making sexually derogatory remarks. Six sources told The Post that he got on a hot mic in 2018 and discussed the appearance of an intern. He is also accused of ordering staff to edit a lewd behind-the-scenes video of the 2008 calendar shoot. Michael, who declined to speak to The Post, retired in July 2020 after 16 seasons.

Former radio announcer Larry Michael (left) and former assistant director of pro personnel Richard Mann II (right)

Propersonal Associate Director Richard Mann II: In a text message obtained by The Post, Mann told a female colleague that he and other men in the office argued about whether she had plastic surgery on her breasts. He also warned another female co-worker to expect an “inappropriate hug” from him, adding: “Don’t worry I have a stapler in my pocket, nothing else.” Mann declined to speak to The Post after his firing in July 2020.

Former President of Business Operations Dennis Greene

Dennis Greene, president of operations: Five former employees told The Post that Greene asked female sales staff to wear revealing clothing and flirt with wealthy season ticket holders and suite owners. Greene worked for the club for 17 years until 2018, when it was revealed that she sold access to the team’s cheerleaders as part of a ticket package for a bikini photo shoot in Costa Rica. According to a New York Times investigation, there was no sex involved in the 2013 calendar image, but team officials were concerned about taking the cheerleaders’ passports. Some cheerleaders say they were asked to strip, even though there was no nudity in the shoot. After a 14-hour shoot one day, nine of the 36 cheerleaders were asked to escort the suite owners to a local nightclub. According to the Times, several women began to cry. Greene declined to comment and has not worked for the team since resigning in 2018.

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