Roger Goodell defended the commanders’ investigation, but not Snyder.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stood by Congressmen in a congressional hearing Wednesday to investigate the League’s investigation into allegations of mismanagement in the Washington Commanders’ Organization, urging members of the House not to force a written report on NFL results or further down. Despite being challenged about the decision to come. Strictly on Daniel Snyder, owner of Commanders.

Just hours after the House Committee on Oversight and Reform released a memo alleging that Snyder had interfered in the investigation, Goodell testified that he believed the league had paid the team 10 10 million. Snyder was held accountable and Snyder was excluded from the team. The team’s day-to-day operations for the past year.

Goodell praised the commanders for changing their organization’s culture as a result of the investigation, including an overview of their human resource practices, and said they worked “anywhere near” in the NFL. Did not see the place which was alleged by the former employees during the period from 2006 to 2019 commanders.

Snyder did not appear at Wednesday’s hearing. Caroline B. Maloney, a New York Democrat and chair of the committee, said she would summon Snyder to appear next week.

Goodell testified under oath for more than two hours before the committee, which conducted an eight-month inquiry into how commanders and the NFL dealt with allegations of sexual harassment against the team’s female employees. In a memo released Wednesday morning, Maloney detailed the committee’s findings, including that Snyder had interfered with his organization’s league investigation by intimidating witnesses and launching a “shadow investigation.” Tried to get a 100 page dossier on these people. Joint harassment allegations against commanders

Goodell said the league would find it unacceptable and would not “allow” any action that would discourage those with knowledge of violations from coming forward. He added that in August 2020, as the NFL took over the investigation, which began under the supervision of commanders, the league asked the team not to conduct its own investigation.

Throughout his testimony, Goodell reiterated his defense of the league’s point of view, even in response to questions from members of Congress about how to deal with serious claims of NFL workplace violations, especially investigations. Were included in its decision to keep the results secret.

Jamie Raskin, a Democrat from Maryland, rejected Goodell’s claim that a written report could not be prepared for the investigation because of the confidentiality of some of those interviewed. Raskin cited a 148-page NFL report released in 2014 on the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal that corrected the names and identities of participating witnesses, and asked the commissioner Why this was not done with the report of the league which was led by lawyer Beth. Wilkinson

“Construction doesn’t always work in my world,” Goodell said.

Later, Rep. Jackie Spear, a Democrat from California, read out a September 2020 engagement letter in which the NFL promised Wilkinson to prepare a written report of the investigation’s findings. Goodell said the League decided a month later that the report would be presented only orally, a point of view that has been criticized by many interviewed for the League-led investigation.

Goodell did not go out of his way to defend Snyder, who rejected two requests to appear at Wednesday’s hearing, citing a long-running “business dispute involving commanders,” the commissioner insisted. As team owner, Snyder is responsible for his club’s workplace environment and said he did not believe Snyder had recently told the league office that a team employee had fired Snyder. He was charged in 2009 with sexual harassment and assault before reaching 1.6 million. Secret settlement, as reported by The Washington Post.

At one point, when Michigan Democrat Rep. Rashida Talib pressured Goodell to remove Snyder as team owner, he was hesitant at first, but then when he repeated his question. He replied: “I do not have the authority to remove it.”

Although Goodell cannot unilaterally remove Snyder, he may suggest that the rest of the league owners do the same. Such a move would require the votes of at least 24 of the league’s 32 member clubs, and Snyder is expected to fight hard against any such attempt.

But two senior officials from the other teams said Snyder’s co-owners and other top officials were frustrated by the constant barrage of news about the commanders. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the issues are still being investigated. One of the team officials said the NFL team owners planned to discuss the Second League Inquiry – a new allegation of sexual harassment against Snyder, as well as allegations of financial corruption by the organization. Also considering – once it’s done.

Many Republicans in Congress disagreed with the committee’s decision to focus on the NFL team’s workplace culture. Maloney responded that the hearing was intended to strengthen workplace reservations for all employees and proposed two new pieces of legislation, one a non-declaration to cover up workplace mismanagement. The use of contracts, or NDAs, will be prohibited and employers will need to be investigated. The result with the victims.

Goodell said the NFL would work with legislators on such legislation, although the league has not instructed teams not to use such agreements, but has asked NDAs to allow employees to participate in league investigations. Cannot be used to prevent

Ken Belson Cooperation reporting.

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