Washington hires investigator to explore Tiffani Johnson allegations and to make findings public

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Get ready for another not-so-independent independent investigation.

The Washington Commanders have announced that former California state court judge and former U.S. attorney Debra Wong Yang will investigate the claims made last week by former Washington employee Tiiffani Johnston. Debra Wong Yang, who is employed by the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, was appointed by Pallas Global Group. The press release from the Commanders points out that Pallas Global Group is “led by former Assistant United States Attorneys Bonnie Jones and Tiffany Moller.”

Johnston claimed last week during a Congressional hybrid round table hearing that team owner Daniel Snyder placed his hand on her leg and left it there until she moved it away during a group dinner. She also claimed that Snyder tried after the dinner to cajole her into his limousine.

“The Team is committed to a thorough and independent investigation of Ms. Johnston’s allegation, and pledges full cooperation with the investigation,” the press release declares. “At the conclusion of the investigation, Ms. Yang will report her findings to Pallas Global Group, and those findings will be released to the public.”

It looks good in isolation. In context, it stinks to high heaven.

The owner of the organization who has hired two layers of lawyers to handle the investigation already has called the allegation made by Tiffani Johnston “outright lies.”

“[T]he allegations leveled against me personally in today’s roundtable — many of which are well over 13 years old — are outright lies,” Daniel Snyder said last week in a release. “I unequivocally deny having participated in any such conduct, at any time and with respect to any person.”

The team SHOULD NOT be hiring the investigators for this. The league should be hiring, managing, administering, directing, etc. the probe. Snyder has already publicly called Johnston a liar. Any effort to explore the situation that is initiated by the team he owns is poisoned from the get go, because the guy who has selected the investigators already has prejudged the case.

At the end of the day, Debra Wong Yang will have to decide whether Johnston or Snyder is lying. One of them is paying her bill. The other one is not.

Also, why didn’t Snyder simply hire Beth Wilkinson to continue the work she completed last year? Mull over that one. We’ll have more to say about it, eventually. The answer quite likely resides in the penultimate paragraph of this post.

58 responses to “Washington hires investigator to explore Tiffani Johnson allegations and to make findings public

  1. The NFL and WTF know that we all can see what’s happening, right? Is Snyder laboring under the delusion that we’re all idiots? Does he think that if he buys enough bogus “investigations” that the public will forget about everything?

    And the fact that this happened “over 13 years ago” is entirely irrelevant. I’m sure some here will side with Snyder, but this is typical victim blaming. Is it really so difficult to understand why employees aren’t eager to challenge the billionaire owner who will squash them if they speak up?

  2. Sadly, unless there’s concrete evidence, the above mentioned allegations by Ms. Johnson may be very difficult to prove in a court of law.

  3. “The team SHOULD NOT be hiring the investigators for this. The league should be hiring, managing, administering, directing, etc. the probe.” So… the league is more trustworthy than Washington? Not buying it

  4. Embarrassed to be a Washington fan. Sorry to all the great players past & present who are definitely worthy of support from the fans, but it’s become untenable to wish & hope for this team to succeed and be run like a professional franchise. Never gonna happen until this whole thing gets blown up and rebuilt from the ground up. New owner(s) and entirely new management

  5. It appears to me that in return for agreeing to change the name of the team (something Snyder had been dead set against up until that moment), the league agreed to ignore or cover up any evidence of wrongdoing in Washington.

  6. so they are paying a guy to tell the public what they want the public to hear… doesn’t mean it has to be fact since he will be on their payroll

  7. what kind of bizarre press release is this? Why would Snyder think this would be a great idea? This makes no sense.

  8. Sincerely hope this all ends very soon and that this disgraceful owner will be removed from his perch. The dumpster fire is a mere pile of coals at this point. #Give the fans what they really want.

  9. The Washington Commanders cannot even celebrate a new name change without a new scandal that’s like a dark storm cloud hanging over them. Remember the good old days when football was only really just about football?I miss those days.

  10. I would be more shocked if the allegations were false. Unfortunately difficult to prove unless someone else who was present speaks up.

  11. Stay on top of this Mike! The league cannot get away with hiding the corrupt circus that is the Washington Redkskins/Football Team/Commanders.

  12. Just get it over with and force Snyder out already. He has ruined the franchise and his actions are an embarrassment to the NFL. Enough.

  13. Please, no one in their right mind would fall for this. Time to force Snyder out and end this charade.

  14. bullcharger says:
    February 9, 2022 at 10:18 am
    I would be more shocked if the allegations were false. Unfortunately difficult to prove unless someone else who was present speaks up.

    ___________________________________________________

    I agree. One person making one allegation could mean nothing. Several people making the same type of allegations to varying degrees over an extended period of time? Usually some truth there.

  15. I’m always telling my kids to be careful with what you put in writing, on social media, and know there are cameras everywhere. No evidence again with this one. None in the previous one, and none in the Watson case. Nobody has evidence. I don’t understand.

  16. So the fox has hired an investigator to investigate suspicious deaths in the chicken coop.

    Sounds legit.

  17. You know why the the NFL should force Snyder to sell? Money. Because of these scandals and other poor management decisions by Snyder, WFT / Commanders are last in the league in attendance – yes, even behind Jacksonville. This team is losing money fast, which ultimately hurts the NFL as a whole.

    Ultimately money is the deciding factor in most decisions. If you are Commanders fans and want Snyder to go, keep boycotting the games and merchandise.

  18. The really awkward part was that the intern accidentally attached the completed report with this press release announcing the investigation. Hard to find good help these days.

  19. I love it how much the league and the owners have to jump through hoops just to prove to the public that they’re not bad people. What does that tell you?

  20. “W-We’ll even make the findings on this one public!”

    They do realize that this makes it look even more shady that the findings of the last investigation weren’t made public, right?

  21. I get that the league protects owners, but it’s weird they dumped Jerry Richardson like a hot potato while Snyder seems to get endless free passes.

    I wonder who Snyder has dirt on?

  22. I don’t think Dan Snyder gets enough credit.

    1. Minority Head Coach
    2. Black Female Coach
    3. Black Team President

    What other team can say that?

    He might have been scum in the past but he has clearly seen the light.

  23. Wow.

    So Snyder is basically investigating himself, Gee… I wonder what he will find.

    SMH.. What a farce.

  24. btw….There is a witness that corroborated the victim’s accusations. She even testified in front of COngress.

  25. “In conclusion, this investigation finds absolutely no wrongdoing by Mr. Snyder or any of his associates. It also finds that Mr. Snyder is intelligent, very good looking, and a snappy dresser.”

  26. So Snyder hired them.

    Remarkable how short Tanya Snyder’s tenure as president of the WTF was, don’t you think?

  27. mattwft30 says:
    February 9, 2022 at 11:26 am

    I don’t think Dan Snyder gets enough credit.

    1. Minority Head Coach
    2. Black Female Coach
    3. Black Team President

    What other team can say that?

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Al Davis hired the first Latino HC, First Black HC, First woman CEO. Dan is no Al Davis.

  28. Skimming through the comments, it doesn’t seem like it’s been noted yet, but Ms. Johnston’s allegations were corroborated by Jason Friedman, a former VP of Sales and Customer Service who was there for 20 years.

    Anyhow, it’s quite simple – whatever results Wilkinson got, it should be released. This whole new investigation is ridiculous – only people that “win” from it are the lawyers who get paid.

  29. I agree. One person making one allegation could mean nothing. Several people making the same type of allegations to varying degrees over an extended period of time? Usually some truth there.

    Approx 40 women have come forward correct? I’m thinking much the same as DeShaun Watson is likely guilty so is Dan (especially since another team employee corroborated the story).
    I’m a 50 year fan of the Football Team, I will not acknowledge “Commanders”, nor will I spend any $$ on this team. I honestly would struggle to watch this team win a SB and then have to listen to Snyder speak as he’s handed the trophy. He’s a disgusting pig of a human being and I pray to sweet baby Jesus that Bezos buys him out.

  30. It’s also clear that Snyder must have an immense amount of dirt on a lot of powerful and influential NFL people, and if he goes down he’s taking plenty of others with him.

  31. The team SHOULD NOT be hiring the investigators for this. The league should be hiring, managing, administering, directing, etc. the probe.

    Yeah, right……
    Like the last investigation.

  32. Snyder and the NFL must really think the masses are that stupid that they expects us to go for this bunch of bull.

  33. My theory, Snyder released the Gruden emails to show that he is capable of bringing down even the most powerful NFL people. IMO that’s what he has on the other owners, Goodell, maybe both.

  34. Washington fans are probably hoping the allegations are true, because if they are then the NFL can finally force Snyder to sell the team.

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