NFL likely won’t force Dan Snyder to sell Washington Redskins

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The beleaguered Washington football owner Dan Snyder is not expected to lose control of his team after 15 former employees – and two journalists – said they were sexually harassed while at the company. organization.While the NFL will consider fining the football team and taking action against the defendants, the Washington Post said the league and its fellow owners are unlikely to try to force Snyder to sell the club he has owned since 1999.

Snyder, 55, was not charged with sexual harassment, although the report painted a picture of a toxic culture within the organization that could have perpetuated the alleged misconduct.

In a statement Friday, Snyder said the Washington Post report “reinforced my commitment to establishing a new culture and standards for our team, a process that began with the hiring of a coach. [Ron] Rivera ”during the off-season.

The NFL statutes grant owners of the league and team “the right to attempt to force the sale of a team if an owner is deemed to have engaged in conduct detrimental to the welfare of the league,” according to the Washington Post.

The league and team owners may have taken such action three years ago against Jerry Richardson, then owner of the Carolina Panthers, who at the time was the subject of allegations of sexual harassment and d use of racial slurs against a team employee.

Dan Snyder
Dan SnyderAP

But Richardson bluntly announced he would sell the team following a Sports Illustrated report that exposed the allegations, the nondisclosure agreements to financial settlements.

The NFL then fined Richardson $ 2.75 million after conducting an investigation.

Snyder has given no indication that he will sell his team.

The NFL called Washington’s accusations “disturbing.” Before taking any potential action, the league said it would review the findings of a team-hired lawyer who Snyder asked to look into the club’s culture.

The allegations regarding the Washington football team, which lasted from 2006 to 2019, were made against Larry Michael, the team’s former senior vice president of content and play-by-play radio announcer. ; Alex Santos, the former director of professional personnel; Richard Mann II, the former deputy director of professional personnel; Dennis Greene, former president of business operations; and Mitch Gershman, the former chief operating officer.

Michael retired on Wednesday, a day before the report was released, while Santos and Mann were laid off last weekend.

The explosive Washington Post came on the heels of Snyder agreeing to change the team’s nickname that many consider racist, a decision made only after being pressured financially by team sponsors.

Minority partners of the team, including Frederick W. Smith, Dwight Schar and Robert Rothman, are also in the process of selling their combined 40% stake in the team.

On the court, Washington has had just two playoff wins under Snyder.

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