Report: 24-year Washington Commanders employee testified to Congress about alleged financial improprieties

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More facts are coming to light regarding the recent reporting as to alleged financial irregularities within the Washington Commanders organization.

According to Daniel Kaplan of TheAthletic.com, an employee who spent 24 years working for the Commanders has testified before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight & Reform and “alleged financial malfeasance.” Jason Friedman gave the secret testimony, which as Kaplan writes “appeared to” spark multiple reports in recent days, including the bombshell contention that the team withheld payments from the ticket revenues that go into a league-wide visiting-team pool.

Kaplan, citing an unnamed source, reports that “Friedman supplied no evidence to back up his claims.” Kaplan also points out that it’s unclear whether Friedman held a position that would have given him access to records or other evidence that would support the claims.

Friedman previously supplied a letter to the Committee corroborating the allegations made by former team employee Tiffani Johnston against Commanders owner Daniel Snyder. His testimony presumably addressed that incident, along with his claims about financial irregularities.

A spokesman for Republican members of the Committee apparently took indirect aim at Friedman with this comment, released in the aftermath of recent reporting: “The leak of one-sided, unconfirmed, unsupported allegations from a disgruntled ex-employee with an ax to grind is just further proof the Democrats’ investigation is a waste of Congress’ time. Nothing the committee has heard from any credible witness points to any financial improprieties; in fact, the only credible witness in a position to know the facts the Democrats have heard from has denied any such improprieties.”

As we see it, there’s no gray area here. Financial improprieties happened, or they didn’t. Friedman’s testimony is a starting point. The ending point is proof to support his claims or proof to debunk his claims (or the absence of proof to support his claims).

And if there’s nothing to any of this, it’s safe to assume that the league or the team will say so, loudly.

The Commanders issued a statement last week, in the aftermath of the initial reporting regarding potential financial improprieties. There has been no specific statement since Saturday’s report from A.J. Perez of FrontOfficeSports.com regarding the allegation that money was withheld from the visiting-team fund.

Given the potential implications of this specific claim, which if true would undoubtedly bring down Snyder, it’s hard to imagine that the league and the team will remain silent.

31 responses to “Report: 24-year Washington Commanders employee testified to Congress about alleged financial improprieties

  1. Just force Snyder to sell the team already, to anyone. They’ll do a better job than him. Start by changing the name to something not completely embarrassing.

  2. Great piece by Kaplan and his talk with Frank Hawkins (former NFL employee) really throws ice cold water on the allegations.

  3. Prediction: Washington will come out with a lie about “irregularities” land the league will swallow it because if Snyder goes down he’ll drag everybody with him.

  4. This could be a red herring. IE, send congress on wild a goose chase, then they forget the original issues.

  5. What an effective non-disclosure deal with Snyder would cost the NFL is more than the team is worth. He knows too much on too many. NFL may have to pay him billions to go away quietly.

  6. Hopefully, they find a way for force Snyder to sell and the new owner dumps “Commanders” as just another bad decision by Snyder.

  7. If true, the Washington Commodes should lose their first round picks for the next five years.

  8. Unless they have physical evidence. Someone’s testimony is worth the paper it’s written on.

  9. So she was in cahoots. Twenty-four years she was party to cooking the books and no doubt cut a slice of the pie for herself. I guess immunity will make it seem ok.

  10. This just shows how willing we are to believe something want to be true despite no actual proof.

  11. It shouldn’t be difficult to track the money from ticket revenues. I think this is it for Snyder.

  12. I’m sure the league will sic an army of accountants to do a deep dive into Washington’s financials…

  13. “Provided NO evidence to back up his claim”…. Once again I’m going to say it right here – This is another attempt to force Snyder to sell the team, and it’s all coming from one man

  14. Unsupported testimony to Congress – means nothing.

    Most congressional testimony thats gets big media attention – goes nowhere.
    Lets wait to see if someone can present a shed of evidence before we get excited.

  15. lamontsfriendrollo says:
    April 4, 2022 at 10:27 am
    This just shows how willing we are to believe something want to be true despite no actual proof.

    ———————

    Agreed – so many things today in the news turn out not to be true – but those who tell these thing never suffer the same consequences as those maligned…………

  16. I bet you Jeff Bezos is behind all of this. He wants this team so bad.

  17. Snyder knows too much about the corruption around the league. Nothing will happen. That’s good news for the rest of the NFC East…

  18. Remember the saying, “It doesn’t matter what happened. What matters is what you can prove.” So far, no proof. So I’ll withhold judgement.

  19. So if there is a possibility owners are screwing each other out of revenue what are the odds they are doing the same to the local community?

  20. And now after 25 years you speak what happen ten years ago 5 years ago. This is the typical action of so many

  21. After seeing the actions by Snyder over the years, it is completely believable taht he withheld money from the NFL. The guy is totally without a shred of class.

  22. Either there is proof of financial improprieties, or there isn’t. Without proof Snyder ain’t going anywhere.

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