An attorney representing Dan Snyder told Congress that the Washington Commanders owner would not testify at a hearing next week as part of an investigation into the team’s workplace conduct.
Attorney Karen Patton Seymour sent a letter Wednesday to the leaders of the US House Committee on Oversight and Reform explaining why Snyder was declining an invitation to appear at the June 22 hearing. The reasons given were due to a lack of assurance about the scope of the interrogation and the existence of multiple ongoing investigations and scheduling conflicts that prevented Snyder from appearing in person.
Seymour wrote that Snyder was “unable to accept the committee’s invitation to testify” at the hearing, which the committee called the next step in the investigation and said it would investigate how the NFL handles allegations of workplace misconduct and that all How the team sets and enforces standards for
“Mr. Snyder stands fully prepared to assist the Committee in its investigation,” wrote Seymour in a letter addressed to Chair Carolyn B. Maloney and the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, King Krishnamurthy.
A spokesman for the committee said it intends to proceed with the hearing and plans to respond to the letter from Snyder’s camp.
It was unclear whether NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would also be present after being invited. A league spokesperson did not immediately respond to a message inquiring about Goodell’s condition.
Seymour said the committee failed to acknowledge concerns that Snyder was being fired on behalf of the NFL, citing investigations by former Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White and attorneys general for Virginia and the District of Columbia. What topics will be discussed?
“While the Committee indicated that the hearing would be ‘focused’ on issues of historical workplace culture, I was informed that the Committee would make no assurances that the questions directed to Mr. Snyder would be limited to those issues, given the wide latitude of members of the Committee. Allowed to ask questions beyond the topics identified by us,” she wrote.
Congress launched an investigation into the team’s workplace culture after an independent review overseen by the league, which resulted in a $10 million fine, but did not include a written report to be released to the public.
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