Twenty pages of alleged financial irregularities — committed by leaders, implicating owner Daniel Snyder and compiled by the US House Oversight and Reform Committee — were released to the press on Tuesday on their way to their intended destination, the Federal Trade Commission. There, Snyder may find himself under investigation.
As I mentioned for the first time before Washington PostAnd A longtime Commanders employee claims that under the direction of his superiors, he will pool money from NFL-related revenue into another bucket, such as a Kenny Chesney party or a Notre Dame football game at Washington Stadium, so the organization won’t have to share the revenue with, he said. league. The employee also claims that the team withheld $5 million in refundable season ticket deposits from fans.
A spokesperson for the leaders responded to Sports IllustratedA request for comment Tuesday said the organization had nothing new to add outside of the team’s denial of the crimes cited at the end of March. At the time, the leaders flatly denied any indication of financial impropriety of any kind at any time.
It’s hard to separate any new allegations of wrongdoing by Snyder from knowing that this is the same owner who was fined $10 million after an investigation into a workplace riddled with sexual harassment and mysoginy — a red flag that, as we recently discussed, would have been a cause More appropriate to terminate his tenure as an NFL franchisor. Now, at least, it appears a case is being built in the court of public opinion to ease the burdens associated with ousting the long-established NFL owner many in and out of the league have wanted for a long time. The tight-knit circle of league powerbrokers fears setting a precedent where skeletons in one’s closet (particularly those involving harassment or creative accounting) cost them a chance to keep their names on the owners wing, but the range of allegations regarding Snyder, if true, would not leave them No choice but to provoke an Executive Committee vote of impeachment. It would also set a high standard – shocking negligence and high funding crimes – for losing a team so that none of the 30 other owners who run the teams were invited to pack up and leave now.
It is a twisted political game, an American circus full of performative efforts to reach the desired outcome. But we’re here to argue that if Tuesday’s developments are what they might be, they could provide the NFL with a unique opportunity to make some semblance of justice and improve itself in the process. If Snyder is indeed guilty of what his former employee claims, and that meets the sort of rich man standard from which the league can snatch Snyder, then he should use the vacancy to diversify her ownership group. It should leave the league a little better than what Snyder found.
Of course, that won’t make what happened in the past good We encourage everyone to listen to a congressional hearing in which survivors of Snyder’s workplace harassment detail the dread they woke up each morning before heading to the office. In a just society, this alone would prevent a person from making decisions again. In the NFL, anyone takes a hand stuck in the money jar before anyone takes that kind of action.
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There isn’t enough Listerine in the world to wash the taste off everyone’s mouths, but Roger Goodell and the league’s ownership circle need to consider their best possible options to salvage a very rare franchise in the event of a Snyder expulsion. Currently, there are two color owners in the NFL (Shad Khan in Jacksonville and Kim Pegula in Buffalo), and the league has no black owners, even though there are 70% black players. (The Broncos are currently for sale, and the association has reportedly called up Robert F. Smith as a potential buyer, but Walmart Robert Walton has emerged as a favourite.)
The void of diversity has led to a slew of problems, including a recent training crisis that led to the dismissal of a lawsuit from former Dolphin coach Brian Flores. A set of emails sent by former Raiders coach John Gruden to the surprise of a former Commanders employee (Bruce Allen) revealed a number of racist, misogynistic, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) comments that ignited the fires of ridicule and division within the NFL. .
Since the owners don’t answer to anyone, there is no rule – not even one that requires teams to consider diverse candidates for coaching positions – any real authority. Owners tend to hire people they are familiar with. The result is more than we’ve seen in the past. At stake is the long-term health of the league that will not continue to succeed without inclusion.
And here, on the horizon, there is a possibility of penance. An opportunity to look for a second as an entity with anxiety and feeling. NFL supporters wearing Rob Lowe style hats He will argue that the university is not a forum for perfect justice. Like the rest of society, it operates under capitalist tendencies. It is the size of an individual’s legal team that decides who is guilty. The size of an individual’s bank account determines who will buy The Next Thing.
Of course, Goodell and the owners don’t always have to succumb to this way of thinking. They can punish Snyder retroactively for what his employees have gone through, and they can fill his empty chair with someone paid to ensure fewer people show up to work feeling isolated, afraid, targeted or judged.
They could be the entity they should have come back to when we laughed at the petty (to Snyder) $10 million fine and the soft suspension he received after completing a workplace harassment investigation. They can do better.
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