Will someone hold Daniel Snyder accountable?

Who’s going to bring Daniel Snyder to justice for his crimes?



Fans of the sad team he’s owned since 1999, now known as the Washington Commanders, that has long been the league’s animal home?

Until Thursday, Snyder did his best to put pressure on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, which has been investigating his team for nearly a year. Rather than appear before the committee, he procrastinated, resisted, and forced his legal team to clear all delays. He refused to attend a June hearing where the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sat and watched the interrogation of the members of the committee..

Then, avoiding a subpoena, he sailed off into the sunset, out of the country, away from the prying eyes of Congress.

Finally, on Thursday, he gave in – but only half. Snyder agreed to speak to the committee via videoconference from overseas. On his behalf, his legal team went to great lengths to set the parameters. He chose to speak, but not under the restraining force of a subpoena that would make it difficult to elude the truth. He “volunteered” to answer questions he was willing to answer.

And, unlike the congressional hearings we saw on television, this many hours of question and answer session was not televised. Transcripts may be made available at some point, but it is not known how much of the hearing they will cover and when they will be released.

With the sort of arrogance that inspires petty dictators, Snyder pokes fun at the investigation of a culture that has scarred lives. Cheerleaders Snyder and other members of the team are said to have treated them with misogynistic contempt. A female marketing and events coordinator who reported to Congress that Snyder physically harassed her. A team member who, according to The Washington Post, accused Snyder of sexual harassment and assault before reaching a $1.6 million settlement. These examples are just a selection.

Who exactly is running this show? Snyder, that’s who.

Congress finds itself in a difficult position because of its own inflexibility and its own inability to manage the affairs of private business. Public denunciation seems to be the committee’s only recourse.

The NFL should hold Snyder accountable, but Snyder is a member of the billionaire (mostly) boys’ club that runs the league. This group does not seem to be too inclined to punish their own. The exile, forcing Snyder to sell his team, is currently too far for this privileged, isolated cabal.

Snyder’s investigation, attempts to catch him and force him to take responsibility for the reckless culture and misdeeds of his team turned into a theater of the absurd.

If it does an eight-month investigation into how commanders and the NFL considered allegations of widespread sexual harassment of female team members, the committee politely invited Snyder. When it became clear that he was not going to cooperate without a push, the committee threatened to take Snyder to court and force him to testify under oath.

But Snyder was nowhere to be found. At least not in the United States.

Snyder’s representatives said he left to do long-term business in Europe and then traveled to Israel to mark the first anniversary of his mother’s death. Ah old defense: “I’m too busy to accept your subpoena.”

A Twitter account has appeared on the Internet: Dan Snyder Tracker followed his floating villa, the 305-foot-long Lady S., equipped with an IMAX theater and helipad, as she sailed through foreign seas.

Yacht in Monaco!

Well, it’s off the coast of Elba, Italy!

No, he sails at 13.3 knots in Pisa, Italy!

Was he even on his massive yacht as it sailed across the Mediterranean?

Did he take his private jet to Europe?

What clever tricks. But how can you surprise someone? Washington’s owner hardly has a reputation for being an honest guy.

Gallons of ink have been spilled and digital space has been used to catalog the problems and off-field accusations that plagued the Washington football team under Snyder.

Executive Commanders and Snyder himself, have was accused of rampant sexual harassment female employees, not to mention financial violations and verbal abuse. The claims cover 18 of the 23 years Snyder has owned the team.

In his June testimony before the committee, Goodell, who ordered a second investigation into the commanders, said that Snyder had already been prosecuted after the first. The owner agreed to refrain from the team’s day-to-day operations for a time, and the team paid the league a record $10 million in fines.

What a scam.

Snider had a good holiday, though it’s unclear if he’ll return to the team’s day-to-day activities once training camp begins.

And does Goodell really think that Snyder, who is said to be worth $40 billion, will spend more than $10 million? For him, $10 million means nothing but a slap in the face. It’s not even a flea bite.

Goodell and the NFL seem content to advertise that all is well in Washington right now. Eventually, Snyder’s team hired a new, diverse, respected staff led by President Jason Wright and professional coach Ron Rivera.

But who writes checks to new hires? Snyder. All those involved in this operation work at his direction.

Goodell’s narrative carries no water. Last month, a Congressional committee released information that Snyder intervenes in NFL investigation through a campaign of witness intimidation. Snyder’s adjutants compiled dossiers on those who shared allegations of persecution of commanders with the press.

So, we all have to believe the NFL storyline: This is not your dad’s DC football team. Say it enough times and you might be tricked into believing it.

Getting Snyder to sell would be the only dental punishment. But Goodell was quick to remind us that he could not have taken such a step alone. “I have no authority,” he told Congress in June.

Who? other owners. To remove Snyder, 75 percent of them must vote for him. The owners know that Snyder will entangle the NFL with lawsuits from now until forever. You can be sure that many do not want tables to be turned over and subjected to scrutiny on them and their business practices.

The spectacle goes on and on. Snyder, the president of the Animal House, is still able to make everyone around him react and respond to his whims. Thursday, it was a congressional committee.

Would anyone have the audacity to step in and stop this dirty show?