Source: NFL knew about $1.6 million Daniel Snyder settlement in 2009

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When news emerged three years ago of multiple confidential settlements involving Panthers founder Jerry Richardson, that was news to the NFL. Soon, Richardson sold the team.

When news emerged last week of a $1.6 million confidential settlement involving Washington owner Daniel Snyder, it was widely assumed that it was news to the NFL. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it was not.

According to the source, the NFL knew about the settlement in 2009, the year that it was negotiated.

The NFL declined comment on the issue in a Monday evening email to PFT, citing an ongoing investigation. And there indeed is an ongoing investigation regarding the Washington Football Team, started by the team but commandeered by the league.

In written testimony submitted to a federal court last week, Snyder claimed that the allegations were investigated by an outside law firm, that no wrongdoing was found, and that an insurance company chose to settle the claim.

Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported on the existence of litigation involving Beth Wilkinson, the attorney handling the Washington investigation, and David P. Donovan, Washington’s former general counsel, involving efforts to secure information about a confidential settlement from more than a decade ago. It’s unclear whether the confidential settlement at issue in the litigation is the same settlement as the $1.6 million payment disclosed by the Post last week. If, however, the NFL already knew about the $1.6 million settlement from 2009, there presumably would be no need for Wilkinson to fight to get more information about the settlement.

In other words, it’s possible that there’s another confidential settlement.

Regardless, the league knew about the confidential settlement in the amount of $1.6 million paid on Snyder’s behalf in 2009. By all appearances, the league took no action — possibly because the league concluded at the time that no wrongdoing occurred.

20 responses to “Source: NFL knew about $1.6 million Daniel Snyder settlement in 2009

  1. People settle cases all the time, even when they’re not guilty of anything. That’s a well known fact. Any lawyer can tell you that. I know nothing about Dan Snyders case. That’s a fact too. He may be guilty as sin, but innocent people often settle cases for various reasons.

  2. Snyder has dragged a once proud organization into the gutter. Sell the team Danny. Saying innocent people settle claims all the time is BS. Danny sued season ticket holders over a couple grand. No way is he paying out 1.6 million if he was innocent.

  3. It was probably the league that recommended he settle instead of fight. If we have seen anything, Snyder doesn’t back down from a fight.

  4. No other Owner has done more with less.

    He’ll never sell. The fans are screwed. Each year brings a new bottom.

  5. I’m not a fan of Dan Snyder but this seems to me to be water under the bridge. If this happened 9 years ago and the NFL felt there was nothing to it, case closed, as far as I’m concerned.

  6. It’s almost always cheaper to settle than fight when the plaintiff has a strong case. Which tells us…

  7. The NFL doesn’t care about anything an owner does unless it becomes public. I would be most of the owners have at least one skeleton in their closets, Snyder just has more than most.

  8. “Danny sued season ticket holders over a couple grand. No way is he paying out 1.6 million if he was innocent.”

    I tried hitting the thumbs up about 14 times. This is 100% spot on. This guy is the definition of greed; the next feel-good story I read about Snyder will be the very first ever written.

  9. When a million dollar transaction happens with the owner of a team in a league, you better believe the NFL had an idea something was rife.

  10. I would just like an owner who does not embarrass the team on such a regular basis. If it is not sexual harassment, it’s a spat with his partners. If it’s not forcing unwanted players on the team, it’s suing little old ladies who can no longer afford season tickets. If it is not Steve Spurrier, it’s Albert Haynesworth. Good God he makes it hard to be a fan of this club.

  11. “Danny sued season ticket holders over a couple grand. No way is he paying out 1.6 million if he was innocent.”

    I tried hitting the thumbs up about 14 times. This is 100% spot on. This guy is the definition of greed; the next feel-good story I read about Snyder will be the very first ever written.

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    No dog in this fight, but even without the negative publicity, the 1.6 million was probably far less than the legal fees would have been to take it to court. The only ones who always win are the lawyers.

  12. To those on this board who down-vote criticism of Snyder, please explain why you defend him? As WFT fan, I am dumbfounded as to why people / fans still support him.

  13. Everyone complains about Snyder but Washington fans will still buy merchandise and once they can attend games again they will buy tickets so of course nothing will change

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