Daniel Snyder seeks to question Bruce Allen under oath, in connection with ongoing defamation lawsuit

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Although all matters between Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder and his former limited partners have been resolved, Snyder continues to pursue a defamation claim against a website that tried to tie him to the late Jeffrey Epstein. According to Daniel Kaplan of TheAthletic.com, Snyder’s latest effort targets former team president Bruce Allen.

Per Kaplan, Snyder wants to question Allen under oath, and also to secure documents in his possession, custody, or control that could be relevant to the pending litigation in India (not Indiana, India) against Meaww.com.

“[Snyder] has a good faith belief that [Allen] has specific knowledge of the creation and distribution of the MEAWW articles, and thus has information relevant to the Indian Action,” Snyder’s lawyers wrote in court papers. “The motion is not a lawsuit, but a request to the court to compel discovery to aid a foreign case, what is known as a 1782 motion.”

The effort to gather information from Allen arises from an allegation that, during the period of January 9, 2020 through November 18, 2020, Allen participated in 87 separate phone calls totaling 1,237 minutes with John Moag. An investment banker, Moag was working for the three minority owners who were trying to sell their interest in the franchise. (Moag has denied knowledge of the articles posted on Meaww.com.)

Regardless of whether they talked about the article that serves as the basis for the lawsuit, the number and duration of the conversations sparks curiosity regarding the subject(s) of their discussions. Was Allen helping Moag find buyers? Was Allen hoping that the minority partners would find a way to take over the team and re-install Allen in an executive role?

Snyder fired Allen after the 2019 season. Presumably, Allen already has been interviewed as part of the investigation conducted by the league regarding claims of workplace misconduct. He quite possibly has a much different attitude about Snyder now, given that Snyder plans to gather information with the potential goal of suing Allen directly.

Any litigation against Allen wouldn’t necessarily relate to the defamatory articles posted on Meaww.com. If, under the guise of exploring that connection, Snyder learns that Allen committed unrelated violations of actual or alleged duties to Snyder or the team, that could be the basis for one or more legal claims.

Regardless, Snyder’s quest for justice has now led to a fight with the man who ran the franchise for years. Jason Wright, take heed.

29 responses to “Daniel Snyder seeks to question Bruce Allen under oath, in connection with ongoing defamation lawsuit

  1. No matter what we might think of Daniel Snyder, he should have the right to defend himself against these allegations.

  2. Dan Snyder… seen as a stain on the NFL by all except 31 other owners. Good to be the king.

  3. He should be allowed to question Allen under Oath. It is a court – why wouldnt anyone not be allowed to question anyone under oath?

  4. No matter what we might think of Daniel Snyder, he should have the right to defend himself against these allegations.

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    No he’s using these allegations to justify a fishing expedition for issues completely unrelated to said allegations. That’s not what discovery is for.

  5. Those two were joined at the hip for so long it’d be really something if Allen was trying to undermine him. However, Allen has mistreated so many people over the years this wouldn’t be beneath him.

  6. Dan Snyder needs to let it go if he wants everything else go away…know when to stop…

  7. It’s not all that easy to subpoena non-party witnesses in civil litigation, particularly if they don’t reside within the court’s jurisdiction. Not sure Allen will even have to testify in a deposition.

  8. Nobody can defame Dan Snyder’s character better than Dan Snyder can defame Dan Snyder’s character. He needs to start referring to himself in the third person now, that way he can say that exact sentence in court. 😎

  9. jasons81 says:
    April 15, 2021 at 12:25 pm
    No matter what we might think of Daniel Snyder, he should have the right to defend himself against these allegations.

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    No he’s using these allegations to justify a fishing expedition for issues completely unrelated to said allegations. That’s not what discovery is for.

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    Bingo.

  10. As a fan of the team, this is classic Snyder. You won, Danny. The other owners sold their share of the team to you. Move on.

    But no. Danny being Danny.

    If you’re not a fan of this team, you have no idea how exasperating they can be with issues like this.

  11. D.C. would be so much better a place if Snyder would simply find some other, far away sand box to play in.

  12. What good are all these billionaires for, anyway? They didn’t build the league or any of the teams they own. All they’ve done is made things glitzier, flashier, and more money-centric. They’ve taken a sport that was more about the game than anything and turned it into a machine that is more about money than anything.

    They don’t make society better and they don’t make football better.

  13. This is what is know in court parlance as a “fishing expedition” and should be booted by the judge immediately. In addition, the judge should note that both parties are losers and should impose punitive damages on each of them for being losers. Feel sorry for Washington fans for having to put up with them for so long.

  14. Why does the NFL allow Snyder to maintain ownership of the the Washington Football Team. He has run the franchise into the ground and is an embarrassment to the league. Perpetual Dumpster Fire.

  15. jasons81 says:
    April 15, 2021 at 12:25 pm
    No matter what we might think of Daniel Snyder, he should have the right to defend himself against these allegations.

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    No he’s using these allegations to justify a fishing expedition for issues completely unrelated to said allegations. That’s not what discovery is for.
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    Did you even read the article? It seems you totally missed the part about the phone conversations.

  16. Buce Allen was fired on 12/30/2019. Thesae conversations occur AFTER Allen was fired. Snyder must think he breached an NDA.

  17. I wonder if this ongoing feud with the son of the coach who led the [name redacted] to greatness has had an impact on Snyder’s sudden willingness to turn the page on the name.

  18. No one can say definitively that Snyder is a total scumbag – he hasn’t been convicted of anything as of yet. But it doesn’t take a moron to know that when there’s tons of smoke, there is usually fire. And this guy has tons of smoke around him seemingly at all times.

  19. I love this story. I don’t care for Daniel Snyder I will admit. I don’t care for Bruce Allen I will admit. They seem to both be, IMO, people who don’t think their bleep stinks, lie to your face as they choose to and seem a little like a snake in the grass. I think if I could make them be roommates I’d watch that show just to laugh till my sides hurt. So unleashing them both to on the record back and forth we probably will get leaked I just say yes please and I’ll order seconds up front. Some people deserve each other. Just my opinion.

  20. Who is worse? Dan Snyder? Or Bruce Allen?

    Another question. What is worse for your health? Smoking cigarettes? Or cigars?

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