Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder has launched a “shadow investigation” to obstruct an NFL investigation into alleged misconduct and sexual harassment at the team’s offices, a congressional committee said Wednesday.
The House Oversight and Reform Committee released a memorandum detailing the findings of its eight-month investigation into how the team and the NFL handled the allegations.
Snyder’s lawyers used his shady investigation to create a 100-slide dossier of alleged victims who made “credible public allegations of harassment” against the team, the committee report said.
The report also states that Snyder and his lawyers sent private investigators to the homes of former cheerleaders and allegedly offered them “silence money” to not cooperate with the NFL investigation.
The memorandum was released ahead of an 11 a.m. committee hearing during which NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was due to testify. Snyder declined to attend the hearing, telling the committee earlier this week that he would be in France on business.
Congress launched an investigation into workplace command culture in October after the NFL refused to release its findings about an independent review it conducted on the team.
That investigation, which resulted in commanders formerly known as the Washington Redskins being fined $10 million, was prompted by a 2020 Washington Post report detailing allegations by dozens of women who claimed to have been sexually harassed or verbally abused during team work.
More allegations surfaced during a committee roundtable in February, including allegations that Goodell helped cover up the misconduct.
Six former employees also brought new allegations of sexual harassment and violence against Snyder during that roundtable, including one who said the owner instructed his video department to create a sexually suggestive video of cheerleaders exposing their private parts.
Snyder, who has owned the team since 1999, called the February allegations “blatant lies.”