Commander, Snyder, NFL sued by DC for ‘cheating fans’ during internal investigation

“The evidence shows that Mr. Snyder was not only aware of the toxic culture within his organization; he encouraged it, and participated in it.”

WASHINGTON — “No one is above the law,” D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine said at the podium Thursday, telling the public that his office is suing Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder, the National Football League and Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The attorney general said his office is charging the trio with allegations of how little the public knew about corruption that saturated the investigation into NFL commanders by hiding details that affected fans’ purchasing power, in violation of the Consumer Protection Procedure Act (CPPA).

The Attorney General’s Office launched its own investigation into the matter in the fall of 2021.

Racine overcame sexual harassment allegations against Snyder and several of his top staffers.

“Mr. Snyder dictated everything, what pictures of the cheerleaders would be used in the annual swimsuit calendar, how revealing the uniforms would be,” Racine said. “He directed his staff to create voyeuristic videos of partially clothed entertainers from calendar footage that the entertainers didn’t even know existed.”

She also alleged that Snyder’s misconduct allowed others to treat women in a degrading manner, despite claims that Snyder was too hands-off as an owner and should have been more involved in day-to-day operations. Racine called it a false statement designed to create a false image to deceive fans and continue to make profits.

“The evidence shows that Mr. Snyder was not only aware of the toxic culture within his organization, he encouraged it and participated in it,” Racine said.

Investigators said the NFL went to Snyder and told him what was in the Wilkinson report. Snyder ordered sentencing terms and a fine. He agreed to a $10 million fine and a one-year suspension. Even the charity chose which organization the money went to. He also accepted the NFL’s 7-line statement

Snyder also reportedly dismissed allegations of male executives and employees making unwanted sexual comments about women at the organization, including an intern, Racine said.

After the NFL took over the Commanders investigation to help ensure it was publicly independent, the Attorney General alleges that the Commanders and the National Football League entered into a secret agreement regarding the investigation that was not known to the public. The agreement declared that they had a joint interest in the investigation and gave Snyder and the commanders the ability to block the release of any public information they chose, including the final findings of the investigation. Racine allegedly went to the NFL Snyder and told him what was in the latest report — known as the Beth Wilkinson report — and let Snyder determine the terms of his one-year suspension and $10 million fine; Snyder chose which organizations the money went to and approved a seven-line statement released by the NFL, according to Racine.

Racine believes the settlement ultimately gave Snyder the keys to deciding what could be shared, and the NFL then began to turn a blind eye to Snyder’s attempts to buy the silence of victims and witnesses through methods such as non-disclosure agreements.

The attorney general said her case is civil, not criminal, with possible fines and Beth Wilkson seeking a more detailed report on what she found in her investigation. Racine said his office is limited to a consumer protection lawsuit on behalf of D.C. residents because Commanders facilities are in Maryland and Virginia.

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DC Attorney General Racine announces Commanders lawsuit

“You can’t lie to the residents of D.C. to protect your image, your profits, and get away with it, no matter who you are,” Racine said, adding that the next steps in the investigation will come before they are determined. To see also : Sexual abuse allegations spread against the cheerleading industry. public and includes subpoenas and sworn testimony. “Let me give you a cheat; statements? It’s not likely to happen on a yacht, but in a conference room in the District of Columbia,” he said.

See the Attorney General’s comments in full below.

Read the full civil lawsuit below:

Following Racine’s announcement on Thursday, the Attorney General’s Office in Washington released the following statement:

“More than two years ago, Dan and Tanya Snyder acknowledged that an unacceptable workplace culture existed within their organization for several years and apologized many times for allowing it to happen. We agree with AG Racine on one thing: the public needs to know the truth. Lawsuits Although he repeats many innuendos, half-truths and lies, we welcome him to defend the organization — for the first time — in a court of law and to establish, once and for all, what is truth and what is fiction.”

The NFL also responded to the lawsuit, saying Beth Wilkinson’s investigation into the Commanders was thorough and comprehensive and fined Snyder and the team.

“Today we reject the legal and factually unfounded allegations made by the D.C. Attorney General against the NFL and Commissioner Goodell, and we will vigorously defend against these claims,” ​​the league’s statement said.

🚨 BREAKING🚨 @AGKarlRacine says Snyder flew workers to Aspen vacation home while female workers stayed downstairs while male workers boarded with alleged sex workers. In another coaching staff incident, Snyder did not act.

A day before the lawsuit was officially announced, the Commanders released a statement about the press conference they had planned.

“It is unfortunate that, in his final days, Mr. Racine appears to be more interested in making splashy headlines based on outlandish legal theories than doing the hard work of making the streets safe for our citizens, including bringing to justice the people who shot one of our players,” Commanders said. statements, referring to the shooting of rookie quarterback Brian Robinson in August.

Late Wednesday, Jason Wright, president of the Commanders Team, issued an additional statement, saying he had spoken with DC Police Chief Robert Contee to express his support for the department, acknowledging the group’s general frustration with Racine’s office that it should not be moved to Robinson. mix.

“Lawyers’ legitimate frustrations with the AG should be separate and apart from the reference to the horrific crime inflicted on our player,” Wright said.

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