Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. attorneys general are exploring allegations against the Washington Commanders

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This week’s bombshell regarding the alleged financial improprieties within the Washington Commanders organization came from a 20-page account sent by the U.S. House Oversight & Reform Committee to the Federal Trade Commission. The letter, detailing a pair of alleged scams involving the team, also was sent to the attorneys general for Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

As the football world watches and waits for the next shoe to drop, the Washington Post explains that this trio of top law-enforcement officers is looking into the accusations contained in the Congressional correspondence.

The office of Karl A. Racine, the D.C. attorney general, told the Post that it will explore the situation.

“We take these allegations against the Washington Commanders very seriously, and if we find evidence that they have violated District law, we won’t hesitate to take action,” a spokesperson told the Post. “During AG Racine’s time in office, our consumer protection team has filed dozens of lawsuits against companies that harmed District residents — including some of the largest companies in the world — and we’ve secured more than $12 million in relief.”

Brian E. Frosh, the Maryland attorney general, has said this: “If what [24-year former Commanders employee Jason] Friedman described is accurate, it could be a violation of Maryland’s Consumer Protection Act.” That’s a reference to the claim from Friedman that security deposits made by season-ticket holders were retained by the team.

Jason S. Miyares, Virginia’s attorney general, said through a spokesperson, “We’ve received the letter and are reviewing.”

The FTC did not respond to a request for comment from the Post. The FTC could, for example, conduct a preliminary investigation and then refer the matter to the Department of Justice for prosecution.

Regardless, it’s one thing for the allegations to entail shorting of money that would go to the league and be distributed to the other teams. It’s quite another for the allegations to extend to those most loyal customers, the ones who continued to buy season tickets despite season upon season of subpar production — and who were possibly screwed out of money they’d previously surrendered under the guise of a security deposit.

If the allegations, as detailed by Friedman, are true, it’s hard to imagine no action being taken. It’s also hard to imagine multiple individuals involved in the scam not facing prosecution or incarceration.

22 responses to “Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. attorneys general are exploring allegations against the Washington Commanders

  1. It’s not difficult to imagine Snyder throwing a temper tantrum like a three-year-old if he gets sentenced to time in the big house.

  2. There are multiple people who have an axe to grind with Snyder,… especially after the very messy break up with Snyders partnership group. So considering that,… I’ll wait for the investigation to draw any opinion. According to the constitution,… you’re innocent until proven guilty. I’m not a fan of the team nor Mr Snyder. Just a football fan.

  3. Hey, what ever became of that Deshaun Watson story? Geez I must have read 1,000 articles about that, yet nothing ever happened. Imagine that. Now, here we go again with another headline grabbing story. Believe me, nothing will become of this, either. See Tony Awesome above. The Texans’ owner had an ax to grind with Watson after Watson said he’d never play again for his team, so his neighbor, who’s a lawyer, rounded up 22 women to try to extort money from Watson out of court. They knew they didn’t have a legal case. It was all about having an ax to grind. This is probably the same deal. Whatever they’re accusing Snyder of doing, I’ll bet he’s not as bad as half the owners. It’s just nobody’s asking questions of the other owners. Perhaps nobody has an ax to grind with them. Not yet anyway.

  4. Transparency must be league wide. Every team must be audited to assure this league that benefits greatly off the backs of taxpayers who fund their stadiums and surrounding infrastructure aren’t being cheated. Anything less is a coverup.

  5. How could any sane Washington football fan back Snyder ? Opportunity for a new owner that will allow the team to improve, if convicted.

  6. What’s the key word here folks? Allegations…. These are nothing more than allegations. Let’s see the proof. Where are the ledgers? Where are the ticket numbers that aren’t adding up? I’m going to say it again – there’s no way Washington could have shorted the ticket gate there are too many people watching the numbers. This is another case of rumors and lies being perpetrated by those whose agenda is to force Dan Snyder to sell the team

  7. Stupid games win stupid prizes, doing all these other people wrong whether they are other owners, or fans just hoping to catch a football game, for the sake of making a little bit more.

    Outside of this massive “allegation” that has brought upon him, the league has had PLENTY of evidence against him and his conduct detrimental to the league.I guess the silver lining for Snyder is he may have been running his scheme long enough to cover that $10 Mil. fine he got handed last year.

  8. This isn’t going to cost Snyder the team but his stadium deal is in grave danger. DC is off the table, Maryland has refused to fund a stadium and Virginia just slashed $650M off its offer.

  9. Very very clear at this point that there are some powerful people who want that team.

  10. “ Very very clear at this point that there are some powerful people who want that team.

    Couldn’t it just be Snyder made some shady moves and now people are looking into them?

    Not everything is a conspiracy.

  11. Hard to imagine nothing being done??? Really? What league have you been watching these last few years?

  12. We are talking about a team that started to set records for lack of attendance starting in 2013. In 2015 the team tarped off the upper deck and in 2017 started to remove sections of seats. It will be incredibly difficult to prove that two sets of books were kept, and that Dan Snyder did something new that no other owner has already done or has been doing. There appears to be an overall assumption that Dan is not that bright.

  13. Every bit of this depends on the OTHER owners and whether they release the hounds, otherwise business as usual.

  14. I’d be less concerned what government officials think or find regarding financial crimes that would likely result in limited punishment, instead, I’d be more worried what fellow NFL owners think.

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