Report: Daniel Snyder allegedly tried to silence accuser in NFL investigation of team

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The NFL continues to struggle to put the investigation of the Washington Football Team in the rearview mirror.

According to the Washington Post, WFT owner Daniel Snyder — through his lawyers and investigators — allegedly engaged in behavior that can be characterized as attempted interference with the investigation conducted by attorney Beth Wilkinson.

For example, the lawyer representing a woman who received a $1.6 million settlement with the team in 2009 reportedly claims that Snyder’s lawyers tried to keep Wilkinson from speaking to the accuser. The lawyer, Brendan Sullivan, reportedly claimed that Snyder’s lawyers offered even more money beyond the original settlement if she agreed not to speak about her allegations or the settlement. Wilkinson, per the report, described the activities as an effort to “silence” the accuser.

The Post claims that a review of court records and interviews with more than 30 people revealed “several instances” of lawyers and private investigators who worked for Snyder taking steps viewed as efforts to interfere with the investigation. Also, investigators allegedly showed up at the the homes of several former employees or contacted their friends and relatives, conduct that was regarded as intimidating the former employees from participating in the investigation.

Wilkinson eventually interviewed the 2009 accuser, a female employee who accused Snyder of sexual misconduct on his private plane.

The allegations of efforts to interfere with the investigation make the league’s decision not to request a written report from Wilkinson or to share any details whatsoever regarding the findings even more suspicious. From the moment the league decided to bury the evidence, the league (in my opinion) believed that disclosure of the facts harvested by Wilkinson would make it untenable for Snyder to continue to own the team — in the same way that the release of the Jon Gruden emails made it impossible for him to continue to coach the Raiders. Without the specific details made available for public consumption and discussion, a groundswell for Snyder’s ouster can never get going.

The report comes at a time when Congress has been attempting to get more (any) information from the NFL about the investigation. This new information should do nothing to chill the efforts of the House Oversight and Reform Committee to push the league for transparency. Fans and media should do the same. If anything, it should make the committee more determined and zealous.

I continue to believe that the NFL is taking these steps because it is hiding something significant, and that the league believes that the consequences of making clumsy, illogical efforts to hide the evidence will be much less severe than the consequences of having the facts come to light.

Remember, this isn’t about protecting Snyder. It’s about protecting the rest of the American oligarchs who don’t want to be in a position of helplessness if disgruntled former employees begin making allegations and spilling the beans about their behavior. If the allegations against Snyder bring him down, other employees of other teams could be tempted to make false or embellished allegations that could spiral out of control. To avoid those situations, the league likely believes that it needs to prevent setting a precedent.

As more allegations and details come to light, it may be impossible to do that. Here’s hoping that’s the case.

42 responses to “Report: Daniel Snyder allegedly tried to silence accuser in NFL investigation of team

  1. I half expect Dan Snyder to die suddenly & shockingly… he must have tons & TONS of dirt on other owners!

  2. There is a short list of owners the NFL should endeavor to kick out of their exclusive club, force them to sell. Snyder is at the top of that list.

  3. How can I forward this story to Rodger Goodell because if he’s asked about it he’ll claim he never read it and knows nothing about it. Nobody will ever convince me emails between Snyder and Bruce Allen are not being buried right now.

  4. That’s the most Snyder thing ever.

    The only thing more Snyder would be if someone would’ve been cut by that rogue trainers scissor on FedEx field.

  5. This story is a slow moving train, but it is full of steam. Should be a good ride to the end.

  6. Oops, Congress is going to get more aggressive now. Danny’s turn in the barrel is coming ….

  7. The NFL doesn’t have to do jack, and Congress should have more important matters to attend to. Wish there was a better outcome but let’s not hold our breath.

  8. Based upon what we know so far about Snyder, it would seem to me that Oakland’s Chuckie was taken out by one of Snyder’s guys. I suspect that Chuckie rebuffed Snyder to coach the team and this is just the way Snyder would get back at someone. After al, he even went after Bruce Allen when the chips were down. He’s just the ankle-biter that would have done something spiteful towards Chuckie. The sooner this clown is gone from Washington the better off the team will be – the stench of his little Napoloeon complex reeks.

  9. The league has needed Snyder gone for a long time now. The owners don’t like him so he must have dirt on at least several of them. Florio’s point about owners not wanting a precedent set of disgruntled employees suing is also valid. Many have probably taken advantage of employees over the years, that combined with actual dirt he has on owners means they will circle the wagons to protect Snyder. At least up to a point.

  10. And Goodell has been covering it up. When do the owners fire Goodell after another scandal?

    What’s next, Goodell fields calls to frame the Pats again for something that isn’t true?

  11. Snyder getting ousted as owner would probably be the best thing to happen to ‘skins fans in a very long time.

  12. Death, taxes and Dan Snyder engaging in goon/mafioso-type behavior are all but guaranteed in this life…

  13. Between Snyder being so corrupt,Kahn not caring who runs his team, Jerry still influencing every other owner ,how are regular fans suppose to keep supporting the NFL? Really do miss the forefathers who created and built the NFL.

  14. Seems very obvious that Snyder and this investigation has a huge can of worms that the NFL wants buried otherwise Snyder would be gone by now.

  15. Fortunately Snyder has fixed the problem by putting an independent party, he only happens to be related to by marriage, in charge.

    Meanwhile he knows that Redskin fans won’t really hurt him by ceasing to attend games or buy merchandise – they may talk, but cannot bring themselves to act if it inconveniences their fandom.

  16. Like NDA’s or not, the settlement money is a form of justice that many victims would take. The constant attack on NDA’s will make it harder for victims to get a settlement.

  17. So obvious how badly the NFL wants Snyder out so they can bring in an owner of their choosing. Same with M Davis and the Raiders. Get a life. Buy your own friggin team. They’d have to pry it from my dead body if I was WFT or the Raiders

  18. Gee whiz this is quite shocking news to me. Hes such a well-respected man and a really generous person with his time and money.

  19. There’s a reason WFT has the lowest attendance (by far), including when the opponents invade the stadium. Locals will not give their hard earned money to support Snyder’s shenanigans.

  20. I did not care what Snyder did until he changed the name after that I would like to see him gone

  21. “. . . The House Oversight and Reform Committee [should] push the league for transparency. Fans and media should do the same.”

    The media only cares because it is their job, they are not interested in supporting any particular principle except for the right to make money.

    Fans of football do not care. They are smart enough to realize that a clean and honorable owner can still hire crappy staff and field a lousy team.

  22. Why is the Government even getting involved in this? It’s really none of their business.

  23. Ch Ko says:
    December 14, 2021 at 7:49 pm
    So obvious how badly the NFL wants Snyder out so they can bring in an owner of their choosing. Same with M Davis and the Raiders. Get a life. Buy your own friggin team. They’d have to pry it from my dead body if I was WFT or the Raiders

    TOTALLY agree with you!!!!! It’s clearly a setup.

  24. It’s beyond me how absurd it is that all these businessmen, all obviously highly successful elsewhere, cannot get their collective crap together and run a modern HR department. I compare all these stories against my professional experience working within several Fortune 100 corporations, and I remain thunderstruck for the amateurism.

  25. hobbes says:
    December 14, 2021 at 7:42 pm
    Fortunately Snyder has fixed the problem by putting an independent party, he only happens to be related to by marriage, in charge.

    Meanwhile he knows that Redskin fans won’t really hurt him by ceasing to attend games or buy merchandise – they may talk, but cannot bring themselves to act if it inconveniences their fandom.

    —————————————-

    Actually, attendance is way down, from a peak of roughly 85,000 a game in 2005 (at the return of Joe Gibbs) 8 years into Snyder’s reign of error) to roughly 42,000 a game today. Huge swaths of FedEx field have been sealed off, bit by bit over the years

  26. I’m surprised that NFL headquarters, the offices of several teams, and Beth Wilkinson’s law office haven’t been hit with “ransomware” – and by golly don’t you know, they all forgot to test their backups…Oops!

  27. I’m no fan of Snyder. I’ve called for his ouster in these very comments.

    But this story paints a different picture, of someone who took $1.6 million in exchange for silence, and wants to talk anyway.

    I did NOT expect Snyder to be the sympathetic figure here.

  28. They use to sell t-shirts in the FedEX parking lot that read ” Snyder is our owner, and they ask us why we drink.” It sold out quick.

  29. I can’t wait for the emails drop and people find out football is scripted like the WWE
    ==========

    Why would they script Belichick and Brady the way tehy did? 4 wasn’t enough?

    Wouldn’t they put the Lions or Browns over once and ahwile?

    .. but then I see how unbelievably awful the refs are, and I can’t help but wonder.

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