Daniel Snyder claims a former employee took money to tell lies about him

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Almost every employer inevitably creates disgruntled employees. Washington owner Daniel Snyder apparently has created an employee so disgruntled that, according to Snyder, she took cash to make up false stories about him. The filing also implies that the money may have come from someone with a desire to force Snyder out.

Via John Keim of ESPN.com, a Monday filing in federal court contains the assertion that former Washington executive assistant Mary Ellen Blair received money to help spread damaging information about Snyder, and that she “directly offered or alluded to the availability of bribes to current employees” of the team in order to elicit false information.

Snyder claims that Blair acted at the direction of, and with financial support from, the same persons who “hired and directed” meaww.com to publish defamatory articles about Snyder.

A New York Times article regarding the court filing claims that Blair began contacting current and former team employees in late May or early June in pursuit of information that would discredit Snyder. In July, Blair allegedly told a current employee that the person “probably could make a lot of money” by providing damaging information about Snyder.

Said attorney Joe Tacopina in a statement, via Keim: “Mr. Snyder will not stand by idly as these criminals, for their own malicious reasons, seek to sully his good name through outrageous lies. To that end, we are aggressively pursuing Mary Ellen Blair, a disgruntled former employee who is clearly in the pocket of another and complicit in this scheme to defame Mr. Snyder, in order to ensure that the full weight of the law comes down heavily on all those responsible for these heinous acts.”

Blair’s attorney, Lisa Banks, responded to the filing with a statement of her own: “This filing is an obvious and inappropriate attempt to silence Ms. Blair and others who may wish to communicate with legitimate news organizations about the culture of sexism, harassment and abuse that has existed at the highest levels of the Washington Football team for decades. Bullying and baselessly disparaging former employees who provide truthful information about their experience with Dan Snyder and his organization will do nothing to repair the reputation he claims in this filing to care so deeply about.”

Among other things, the filing claims that Blair told a long-time personal employee of Snyder’s that several minority shareholders didn’t want to do business with Snyder. Coupled with last month’s reports that the trio of minority shareholders — Fred Smith, Dwight Schar, and Robert Rothman — have been trying to sell their interests in the team, it’s impossible not to connect the dots and wonder whether Snyder wants to try to prove that one or more of his limited partners was the person recruiting people like Blair and websites like meaww.com to target Snyder.

Need more bread crumbs? The filing claims Blair has a “financial benefactor” who has helped her with rent in a luxury apartment building owned by Comstock. As noted by Keim, Schar’s daughter, Tracy, is on the Comstock board of directors and she serves as senior V.P. of marketing at Comstock Holding Companies. Also, two other members of Comstock’s board worked for Red Zone Capital, co-owned by Snyder and Schar.

So, yes, it looks like Snyder is trolling for a pretty big fish. And, given Snyder’s resources, he already has the bigger boat. Literally.

33 responses to “Daniel Snyder claims a former employee took money to tell lies about him

  1. Said attorney Joe Tacopina in a statement, via Keim: “Mr. Snyder will not stand by idly as these criminals, for their own malicious reasons, seek to sully his good name through outrageous lies.”

    Lol — “good name.” Thanks for the laugh to start the day, Joe.

  2. Daniel Snyder things that stories about Daniel Snyder are FAR BETTER than they actually are. The best story about Dan Snyder is Dan Snyder always throwing money at problems, be it hiring a PR team, legal team, or buying players who don’t work out. Daniel just seems like a spoiled brat who is terrible at running a football team but great at spending money on “opulence”. I wish he would sell to someone who cared about the community just a little bit, put effort into running a team, and who had some social appropriateness.

  3. Cheering for Dan. Tired of the witch hunt around this guy all because of a stupid name.

  4. Is this a football team or Peyton Place? Is it any wonder the team is such a loser with an owner who acts like a clown all the time!!

  5. The best part of these legal proceedings is that they will keep having to refer to “The Football Team” over and over.

  6. Obviously, the biggest bit of nonsense in all of this is Snyder’s allegation that he had any credibility or “a good name” to begin with.

    Those parts read like a satirical piece from The Onion.

  7. Just because one doesn’t like and/or hates Snyder, does not give one the right to spread lies about him for financial benefit!

  8. Wouldnt suprise me. That is the world we live in these days. So many people so quick to pass judgment on the successful owners these days rather than the corruption attacking their successes and accompaning wealth. Im not even a Washingotn fan.

  9. There’s no depth Dan won’t sink to. I’m starting to genuinely feel sorry for Dan and people like him.

  10. He is slime always has been never paid his bills when he had snyder communications and had to beg borrow and … to get the money for the purchase of the team. The NFL learned a lot from his purchase and would never allow it to happen today.

  11. Dan Snyder’s attack feels similar to the tactics Lance Armstrong used.

    Pretty disgusting and a disgrace to victims of harassment.

  12. I’ve got no horse in this race either way BUT what I find amusing is the people bashing him here for defending himself by filing a lawsuit would be the same ones bashing him if he didn’t claiming then it must all be true.

  13. He’s well documented as being a horrible human being. (Look up the story about him trying to ruin the park ranger as a great example.) If he didn’t do what these specific stories claim it’s a sure thing he did something similar or worse because that’s just the kind of guy he is.

  14. There’s a lesson here:

    If you are wrongfully accused of something do NOT defend yourself. You might hurt somebody else’s feelings if they were wronged. Just take one for the team.

    Regardless of how you feel about this guy, slander is still a crime.

    For the record I hope Jeff Bezos is involved.

  15. “Mr. Snyder will not stand by idly as these criminals, for their own malicious reasons, seek to sully his good name…”

    Is there another Mr. Snyder out there we do not know about who is having their name sullied? If this is really about Dan Snyder it seems to me he has done quite the good job of sullying his own name.

  16. If there were sexual harassment complaints made against Washington’s executives or members of the scouting department that should be documented. When there is a harassment claim that’s documented with the Human Resources department. It requires frequent complaints by the harassed victim. Dan Snyder can’t be expected to stop harassment if the proper steps to document are not taken. If they were made then Snyder could be in trouble given pervasive documented harassment complaints.

  17. The most outrageous lie is Daniel Snyder and his lawyer claiming that Snyder has a “good name”. Many Washington fans who have witnessed a decade of incompetent ownership would testify that he has no “good name”. That minority owners want to get away from what should be a cash cow shows that those in business with Snyder think little of him and his “good name”.

  18. 50Stars says:
    August 11, 2020 at 9:15 am
    Wouldnt suprise me. That is the world we live in these days. So many people so quick to pass judgment on the successful owners these days rather than the corruption attacking their successes and accompaning wealth. Im not even a Washingotn fan.

    ———————————-

    Corruption is why the rich keep getting richer. Corruption is the lifeblood of politics at all levels, on all sides. Corruption does not attack wealth, it enhances and reinforces it.

    And everyone with tons of money is not some sort of financial genius – very few are. Plenty of people inherit money or scam their way into it.

  19. Mr. Snyder has mostly proven himself to be incapable of owning and running an NFL franchise, but if the facts are backed up by evidence, then he has the right to pursue this course. In our society, you only have to be accused of something to be “guilty” in public opinion, so he should defend himself, if appropriate.

    I can’t help but think, however, that the NFL will confiscate this team at some point and award it to the highest capable bidder.

  20. People talk about Snyder’s right to defend himself, which certainly is legit. But by the same token, folks in public positions like that have to have a thick skin, and Snyder has historically demonstrated that his skin is tissue-paper thin. If this woman is one of the employees that leaked the info on the toxic harassing culture, and Snyder is suing because of those leaks, is that really protecting his good name or retaliation? He has not earned the benefit of any doubt.

  21. Niners are a Joke says:
    August 11, 2020 at 7:26 am
    “seek to sully his good name…” Enough said
    ***************************************************************
    Agreed, they are giving guys named Dan a bad name…
    that’s something Snyder’s been doing “successfully” all by himself for a couple decades now.

    if you really don’t like it, sell the team to someone not named Dan.

  22. supercharger says:
    August 11, 2020 at 8:03 am
    Cheering for Dan. Tired of the witch hunt around this guy all because of a stupid name.
    _______________________________________
    You think this about the name? Witch hunt? LOL Please go away and let the adults talk.

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