Daniel Snyder responds to report of $1.6 million settlement, details extortion attempts

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At one point in the ongoing drama engulfing the upper levels of the Washington Football Team, majority owner Daniel Snyder tiptoed around the notion that minority owner Dwight Schar was behind efforts to smear Snyder, part of an apparent strategy to force Snyder to sell his interest in the franchise. Now, Snyder has stopped pulling punches.

Snyder has submitted a declaration (i.e., written testimony under penalty of perjury but without being placed under oath) in pending federal litigation regarding the efforts of three minority owners to sell their shares of the team in a bulk transaction to the same group of buyers. The five-page document, publicly available and titled “First Supplemental Declaration Of Daniel M. Snyder In Opposition To Plaintiffs’ Emergency Motion Concerning Violation of The Court’s November 19, 2020 Order,” contains 19 numbered paragraphs outlining Snyder’s belief that Schar has engaged in an “extortion campaign” aimed at forcing Snyder to sell the team.

In the document, Snyder initially focuses on the potential connection between Schar and Monday’s report that Snyder settled a sexual misconduct lawsuit in 2009 for $1.6 million. Although Snyder doesn’t expressly claim that Schar leaked the information to the Washington Post, Snyder suggests that a recent court filing by Schar and the other minority owners contained “irrelevant and spurious material” that, when quoted by the story from the Post regarding the settlement, “improperly give the misleading impression . . . that there was merit to the allegations of misconduct,” and that the purpose of the court filing by Schar and the other minority owners “is now clear: to try to continue to smear me in an effort to gain leverage in this business dispute.”

Snyder then alleges in the declaration that Schar has “knowledge that no evidence of wrongdoing was found after an investigation by a well-respected law firm,” and that Schar “nevertheless threatened to reveal [the settlement] to discredit me and embarrass my family, but which the insurance carrier decided to settle.” Although not expressly linked to the report of the $1.6 million settlement, the context plainly indicates that this statement represents Snyder’s response to the question of whether he engaged in misconduct in connection with the events leading to that settlement.

Snyder’s declaration then pivots to the broader allegation that Schar has tried for months, via articles ultimately appearing in the Washington Post “that characterized the Team and me personally in a negative manner,” to pressure Snyder to sell. Snyder claims that Schar has “funneled information about me and the team to Mary Ellen Blair, a former Executive Assistant with the Team, to be proivided to The Washington Post.” Snyder also contends in the declaration that Blair has confirmed that Schar “told [her] to share information with The Washington Post,” and that Schar’s daughter bought Blair a “‘burned phone’ in order to attempt to escape detection of Mr. Schar’s conspiratorial communications.”

Snyder’s declaration subsequently alleges that, “[f]or the past five months, there have been repeated threats by Mr. Schar and others associated with him.” Snyder’s declaration alleges that, on July 25, Schar threatened Snyder’s personal attorney, “telling him that the threat he has been seeking to hold over me would come out if I didn’t ‘just sell the team’; that I ‘won’t have a choice’; that the story ‘will kill Dan’; and that I ‘will suffer a terrible existence.'”

Next, Snyder claims in the declaration that investment banker John Moag “threatened me with the exact same things by text message.” Snyder then quotes from Moag’s message: “If you continue your game, you know what I know and what I have never spoken about. And you know it has nothing to do with the media shit….it’s more serious shit. If you want a shit show, we are on for that too.”

Snyder concludes the declaration by addressing the core reason for its filing — he denies the accusations from the minority owners that he has improperly leaked information to the press, in violation of a court order entered on November 19.

Although written somewhat vaguely, perhaps given the legal minefield that Snyder and the other owners currently are navigating, this document from Snyder seems to be more about publicizing both his version of the $1.6 million settlement and his contention that Schar has extorted Snyder and less about proving Snyder isn’t leaking information to the media in violation of a court order. There’s definitely no leaking being done in the declaration; Snyder puts his name on the accusations and, when reading the entire document and considering the broader context, Snyder says a lot.

Snyder, Schar, and minority owners Fred Smith and Robert Rothman, undoubtedly will be saying plenty more when they answer questions from the presiding judge in two weeks on the question of whether leaks have occurred in violation of the court’s confidentiality order.

32 responses to “Daniel Snyder responds to report of $1.6 million settlement, details extortion attempts

  1. Get all of them out of the league, they are embarrassing across the board at this point.

  2. We just need to thank our lucky stars that there are people out there trying to take Snyder down.

  3. I’m not a Dan Snyder fan (who is?), but this all seems shady and disgusting. If the NFL ever does force Snyder to sell, they should get this whole ownership group out.

  4. I posted in here when this stuff came out that everyone was rushing to judgement about Snyder on this. Apparently, it’s very true.
    Just because you don’t like Snyder, let’s not assume he’s guilty of anything until all the facts are known.

  5. Wow…hard to make Dan a sympathetic figure…but getting the wapo involved…has made the impossible…possible!!!

  6. Ron Rivera has always seemed like a stand up guy since his playing days in Chicago. I’m just not sure what he saw in deciding to coach the WFT (should be WTF).

    Merry Christmas everyone

  7. Almost like big money gossip games. Gotta go with believe half of whatcha see, none of what ya hear on this one.

  8. All of this was hiding in plain sight while the populace argued about whether or not the team nickname was problematic. (it was) The power game is so greasy and it is impossible to truly believe anything at this point.

  9. Well, there seems to be a fair amount of assumptions, presented as presumptions, and truths implied. Good thing courts deal in facts right?

  10. The guy is one of the all time worse owners for multiple reasons. He meddles in stuff he knows nothing about. Let’s not forget that Haskins was his pick. Birds of a feather…

  11. Outside of Rivera there seems to be slime throughout that organization. The NFL needs to really step in and investigate.

  12. Jack Kent Cooke must be rolling over in his grave, not only for this mess but for the last 20 years of inept management.

  13. Smelt like a force of sale the entire time. Always follow the money…and you’ll be right 99% of the time.

  14. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    Wow…hard to make Dan a sympathetic figure…but getting the wapo involved…has made the impossible…possible!!!
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    I agree with this.

  15. juddgr says:
    December 24, 2020 at 11:01 am
    Jack Kent Cooke must be rolling over in his grave, not only for this mess but for the last 20 years of inept management.
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    This is really all his fault for not leaving the team to his son.

  16. Ask yourself where does all of this lead, and what’s the purpose. The answer? Jeff Bezos…. Who owns the Washington Post, and who’s been attempting to purchase an NFL team for the last 10 years? Who wants to purchase those minority shares? That’s right you guessed it

  17. Uh, I think the bigger story here is the $1.6 million sexual harassment settlement.

    Sorry, but no one gives away that amount of money for nothing. No, we don’t have actual evidence that it occurred, but in my eyes, settling is Snyder’s admission of guilt.

    Thank about it. Who could afford better lawyers, Snyder or the woman accusing him? I’m guessing Snyder. If so, and he was innocent, why settle?

    And for those of you who aren’t fans of the team, please don’t feel sorry for Snyder. He is the main reason the WFT has been a mess for 20 years.

    Yeah, the other owners likely leaked that to force a sale. I couldn’t care less, though if Snyer is forced to sell, it should be to a group with no current ties to the team. But he won’t be forced to sell.

  18. Sounds like extortion to me and some suits need to go to jail to set an example.

  19. donnymacjack says: “The guy is one of the all time worse owners for multiple reasons. He meddles in stuff he knows nothing about.”
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    He paid almost a $1 billion for the team of his own money. Pretty sure he can do anything he wants with it, including playing fantasy GM if he wants.

  20. 33yy says:
    December 24, 2020 at 12:15 pm
    Uh, I think the bigger story here is the $1.6 million sexual harassment settlement.

    Sorry, but no one gives away that amount of money for nothing. No, we don’t have actual evidence that it occurred, but in my eyes, settling is Snyder’s admission of guilt.

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    Don’t kid yourself. People and businesses settle all the time if the early cases assessment says it’s the cheapest thing to do. $1.5M to this guy is like $1.25 to an average guy on the street.

  21. Jack Kent Cooke must be rolling over in his grave, not only for this mess but for the last 20 years of inept management.
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    This is really all his fault for not leaving the team to his son.

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    Well, go back and look at 1998 when his son DID run the team. 6-10. Casserly bothced the 1999 draft after New Orleans traded all of their picks to Washington to draft RB Ricky Williams. Casserly then stupidly traded all of the picks to Chicago to draft one player himself: CB Champ Bailey. Still dumb by John Kent Cooke and Casserly to trade 4 picks to move up 3 or 4 spots. Be careful what you wish for.

  22. Snyder seems scummy but idk about all these allegations, if Bezos wants the team that bad, just make a monetary offer.

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