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The US House Oversight Committee announced the plans Don Snyder, owner of Subpona Washington Commanders Although NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell testified before the panel on Wednesday for his testimony, the league fully investigated the allegations against the company’s toxic office culture and took appropriate disciplinary action.

Goodell testified before the committee after his eight-month trial, citing evidence that Snyder played a key role in fostering a toxic working environment and obstructing the NFL’s independent investigation into the allegations.

Roger Goodell, center commissioner of the National Football League (NFL), spoke via videoconference during the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing in Washington, DC, US on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

Roger Goodell, center commissioner of the National Football League (NFL), spoke via videoconference during the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing in Washington, DC, US on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.
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“The committee began its investigation last October after the NFL refused to release the results of an internal investigation into widespread sexual misconduct at Washington commanders,” said Rep. Caroline B. Maloney said in her. Initial announcements.

“The committee requested these results, but the NFL and the commanders refused to produce them, at the same time withholding more than 40,000 documents collected in their internal review. Rather than protecting women, the NFL hopes to wipe it out. There is also. “

Washington owner Dan Snyder conducts ‘Shadow Investigation’ and fosters toxic culture: House committee

Snyder was there Invited to give his testimony But he refused, prompting Maloney to announce plans to subpoena him for his testimony before the committee next week.

“Instead of appearing and taking responsibility for his actions, he chose to skip town. Apparently, Mr. Snyder was in France, where he docked his luxury yacht near the resort town. It’s worth saying how much respect he has for women in the workplace,” she said.

A vacant seat was marked for National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 for Don Snyder, owner of the Washington Commanders football team.

A vacant seat was marked for National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 for Don Snyder, owner of the Washington Commanders football team.
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In his opening statement, Goodell denounced the office culture in Washington, but clarified it Following the NFL’s trialChanges were made, which had a noticeable effect not only in Washington but throughout the league.

“I understand that the workplace in Washington is unprofessional and unacceptable in many respects. Threats, widespread disrespect to colleagues, use of derogatory language, public harassment and harassment. He said.

During his questioning, Goodell said he held Snyder accountable, including an “unprecedented” $ 10 million fine against the team.

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“As I mentioned in the opening, he faced unprecedented discipline, financial penalties were removed and he was away from the team for a while at his request, already up to a year. He said.

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder walked off the field before losing his Redskins to Houston Texans on November 18, 2018 at FedEX Field in Landover, MD.

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder walked off the field before losing his Redskins to Houston Texans on November 18, 2018 at FedEX Field in Landover, MD.
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The committee released a 29-page memo hours before Goodell’s testimony, testifying that Snyder had conducted his own “shadow investigation” to humiliate and prevent defendants and witnesses from participating in the NFL’s independent trial.

Goodell noted that six weeks after the NFL took over Snyder’s own research, the team had been instructed by the league not to conduct the trial on their own.

“We, as we have been investigating, have made it clear to them that they should not investigate any of these matters. Second, we have asked the commanders to consult with current employees as well as former employees to encourage them to participate. So any attempt to intimidate witnesses or prevent them from doing so would be counterproductive,” he said.

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Goodell has been questioned for conducting an investigation into the league and for not releasing a written report, despite doing so in the past with various cases and protests by several defendants who have come forward publicly.

“After hearing some of the questions posed and your response, it seemed to me that the NFL had chosen a side in this trial, which silenced employees’ voices and allowed Mr. Snyder to blast his own version of the facts.” Representative. Chantell M. Brown, D-Ohio, said.

Dan Snyder, co-owner and co-CEO of the Washington Commanders' Center, adjusted his mask when he came to unveil the new identity of his NFL football team on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, in Landover, Md.

Dan Snyder, co-owner and co-CEO of the Washington Commanders’ Center, adjusted his mask when he came to unveil the new identity of his NFL football team on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, in Landover, Md.
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Lawyers representing 40 former Washington commanders ’employees Lisa Banks and Debra Katz released a statement challenging Goodell’s testimony that Snyder was held accountable and reiterating their clients’ demand that the full results of the investigation be released.

“Today it is very surprising and depressing to hear NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell insist that Dan Snyder and Washington Commanders take full responsibility for the team’s two decades of sexual harassment of female employees,” they said. “This is not true … to be clear, our clients want Beth Wilkinson to know and be fully accountable for what he has found. A hoax. ”