Congress specifically requests information about Jeff Pash’s role in WFT investigation

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The four-page letter sent by the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee to Commissioner Roger Goodell reflects a thorough understanding of the issues raised by the workplace investigation of the Washington Football Team and the manner in which the league handled it. Among other things, the Committee understands that NFL general counsel Jeff Pash has a clear incentive to conceal evidence, given the contents of some of his emails to and from former Washington executive Bruce Allen.

The letter asks the NFL to, among other things, “describe in detail Mr. Pash’s role in the investigations described in this letter, if any.”

It’s fair to wonder whether and to what extent Pash directed the investigation toward something other than full transparency, in order to hide his own communications with Allen. As PFT recently reported, the two men exchanged more than 1,000 emails over a decade. The NFL has downplayed the exchanges by pointing out that this translates to an average of two per week.

Fine. Then release them. Let’s see what they discussed twice per week, for 52 weeks. For 10 years.

And let’s see what Pash did, or didn’t do, to nudge the league toward opting for secrecy in this case, given that the NFL seems to have a full commitment to transparency when trying to show that players engaged in misconduct.

The whole thing continues to stink. The more the NFL resists transparency, the stronger the smell becomes.

15 responses to “Congress specifically requests information about Jeff Pash’s role in WFT investigation

  1. They should have went with my suggestion to resolve this before letting Congress become eagerly involved. At least they still have time to fix other things that Congress will ask about next.

  2. Dollars to donuts Pash quietly “retires” soon with an announcement explaining it has been planned for a while.

  3. Great. Let’s have a look at some of Pash’s DeflateGate emails to his pal — surely there’s something tasty in there.

  4. “People should have privacy …Governments should have transparency !”

    Julian Assange

    Does anyone really believe that congress and can get to the bottom of this ?

  5. Forget about Gruden; that’s not going to get NFL accountability. Digging into Pash is where you’re more likely to strike gold. He’s done some very sketchy things, he’s a lawyer, and the NFL has an antitrust exemption only because Congress allows it. You do the math. The National Labor Relations Board should be demanding some info about Pash too, since it sure sounds like he’s regularly engaged in unfair labor practices.

  6. Maybe it’s the Canadian in me, but why on earth is congress having a look at anything the NFL is doing? Are they breaking any Federal laws? This seems like a waste of tax dollars and not to mention none of their business? Id love to hear about the emails personally, but this seems like over reach and a waste of US tax dollars.

  7. Really there is only one solution for self preservation of the league owners, force Daniel Snyder to sell the team now – without delay. They can say they got rid of the one bad apple and the rest of the owners can carry on without a congressional panelling forcing them to hand over access to their emails as well. The federal government peering through each teams emails is an existential threat to each owner. That’s not an exaggeration. The owners owners know what they have to do to keep their interests out of harms way.

  8. Congress getting involved? C’mon man! This is nothing but a publicity stunt by certain members of Congress trying to get the spotlight on themselves, I’m sure they also told the NFL to bring all pertinent information along with the their checkbooks with them so they can conduct a “thorough investigation”, wink, wink. Just as soon as the media gets bored with this story or they find something more interesting it will all fall by the wayside and nothing will ever come of this. Mark my words!

  9. orangecrush78 says:
    October 22, 2021 at 2:09 pm
    Maybe it’s the Canadian in me, but why on earth is congress having a look at anything the NFL is doing?


    Welcome to America. This is a situation where people are getting trampled by a multi billion dollar corporation who investigated itself and, gee golly whiz, found nothing. If you want to live in a place where that’s cool and there’s just zero recourse, you do you.

    We the people elect Congress literally for just this reason.

  10. This problem is not so big that it can’t be resolved by dispatching an armored truck loaded with cash to the Capitol and the Russell Senate Office Building.

  11. Congress has the power to regulate interstate commerce, which the NFL certainly is. This is of course a great opportunity for Congressional grandstanding. But the pretext will be they are investigating to see if any new laws are needed to regulate the NFL. If they do find dirt, they can refer it to prosecutors but that’s not the purpose of the investigation. The chief purpose of any Congressional investigation is to make the members of the committee look good to the public.

  12. It isn’t about Congressional power in general. Congress granted the NFL a special exemption to anti-trust laws that apply to most corporations. That specific exemption comes with oversight.

  13. Congressmen promise to take on the nfl 2 weeks prior to the election and forget about it is day after.

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