Controversy in the NFL: owner of the Washington Commanders sabotaged accusations of assault and sexual harassment

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A panel of the United States Congress published this Wednesday that Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Commanders, directed an alternative investigation that interfered with the accusations of sexual harassment against him.

The first accusations against Snyder for sexual harassment and abuse emerged in August 2020 and were reinforced by those made in February of this year by six former team employees.

The group is made up of Melanie Coburn and Tiffani Johnston, former cheerleaders; Emily Applegate, former Marketing Coordinator; Rachel Engleson, former director of marketing; Brad Baker, who was the video manager, and the business development manager, Ana Núñez.

The Congressional Committee found that while the NFL investigated the team for workplace misconduct, Snyder used, through his legal team, private investigators to harass and intimidate witnesses.

When the accusations became known, the NFL launched an investigation into the work environment in the Commanders that was carried out by the law firm of Beth Wilkinson.

As a result of the investigation, the team was fined $10 million, although the NFL did not release the results of the investigation.

On Wednesday, the US House Oversight and Reform Committee released a report detailing how the Commanders and the NFL handled allegations of sexual harassment by female team employees.

Snyder refused to appear twice; he argued that there was legal conflict to do so.

In the report, Committee Chairwoman and Democratic Rep. of New York Carolyn B. Maloney wrote that she uncovered evidence that Snyder sought to discredit those who had made claims against the team and create an exculpatory narrative.

As written in this report, the NFL was aware of Snyder’s actions but took no significant steps to prevent the actions.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to address the committee this Wednesday.

The intent of this committee is to examine the failures of the Commanders and the NFL to strengthen workplace protections for all employees.

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