The Washington Commanders franchise just cannnot stay out of trouble.
The same congressional committee that’s investigating the NFL’s handling of widespread sexual misconduct within the franchise is also looking into allegations of financial improprieties under team owner Dan Snyder, per reports from the Washington Post.
The post adds that the financial portion of the investigation remains behind closed doors and only the highest levels of the 45-person committee know details behind these emerging allegations.
“The Committee continues to investigate the hostile workplace and culture of impunity at the Washington Commanders as well as the National Football League’s inadequate response and lack of transparency,” a committee spokesperson said. “The Committee will follow the facts wherever they may lead.”
The Commanders have since denied any knowledge of this reported investigation.
“The team is not aware of any investigation by the House Oversight Committee regarding financial matters, despite vague and unsubstantiated claims today by anonymous sources,” a Commanders spokesman said, per the Post. “The team categorically denies any suggestion of financial impropriety of any kind at any time. We adhere to strict internal processes that are consistent with industry and accounting standards, are audited annually by a globally respected independent auditing firm, and are also subject to regular audits by the NFL. We continue to cooperate fully with the Committee’s work.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell covered a wide array of topics during his press conference Tuesday, and he also spoke on the Commanders.
Washington’s team owner “has not been involved in day to day operations. Don’t believe he’s been at the team facility at all, and when we continue to have league matters, Tanya [Snyder] has represented the team as the CEO on both a day-to-day- basis, but also here with the league.”
The commissioner continued, adding, “She represented the club here and that will continue for at least the foreseeable future, but, Dan and I will talk about that at some point.”
The Washington Post released an article in July 2020 that detailed workplace sexual harassment experienced by 15 former women employees within the franchise.
Back in 2021, Dan Snyder agreed to temporarily cede control of the team to his wife, Tanya, in wake of widespread controversy surrounding the franchise.