Former Washington COO David Pauken has offered some interesting testimony about Daniel Snyder

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Before Wednesday’s public hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight & Reform, the Committee questioned witnesses in a private, deposition setting. Some of that testimony has come to light.

While much of the testimony is not directly relevant to the workplace issues that sparked attorney Beth Wilkinson’s 10-month investigation and the league’s effort to hide all facts and findings, there are comments that help fill out the public portrait of owner Daniel Snyder, if the testimony is true and accurate.

Via Michael Phillip of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, former team COO David Pauken testified about a 2001 trip to the NCAA men’s final four basketball tournament in Minneapolis.

Asked for an example of conduct that was “unprofessional, unfitting for an owner of a team” from Snyder while traveling, Pauken said that he was recruited to join a “day trip” to Minneapolis for the basketball games on a Saturday, that he later found out “we’re going to be gone for a couple of days,” that Snyder didn’t care about “irrelevant details” such as Pauken’s family obligations or the fact that he brought no other clothes.

Then came a fairly relevant detail, as it relates to the Mad Men culture that prevailed within the organization.

“He said, we’ve got girls lined up, and there’s one for you,” Pauken testified. “And to be honest, I wasn’t sure what to do with that, other than to know I was in trouble here and needed to figure a way out. And we got to Minneapolis, we get over to the hotel that we’re staying in. And there are a number of beautiful women in this hotel suite who are physically very affectionate and they — nobody said they were prostitutes. I assumed they were prostitutes. They had flown in from Dallas.”

Pauken also testified that Snyder, miffed at a deal he had done with Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner, instructed Pauken to pour milk on the carpet under the seats in Lerner’s suite at FedEx Field, so that it would smell of sour milk when Lerner and his family attended a game.

Likewise, Pauken testified that Snyder openly questioned Pauken’s sexual orientation because Pauken resisted efforts to sexualize the team’s cheerleading crew. Pauken testified that Snyder would say of Pauken, “Yeah, he has to be gay. As ugly as these cheerleaders are. Pauken, are you gay? You must be gay. How could you have a cheerleading squad that looks like this?”

On Wednesday, Committee chairperson Carolyn Maloney said that Snyder will be subpoenaed to testify at a deposition of his own. Needless to say, he will have plenty of questions to answer.

15 responses to “Former Washington COO David Pauken has offered some interesting testimony about Daniel Snyder

  1. Spoiled billionaire who has no sense of decency. Never give this guy tax dollars for a stadium

  2. It’s awesome that all of this is coming out and Snyder’s true nature is being revealed. He sounds like a horrible little weasel of a man.

  3. This sounds right in line with what we’ve come to expect from Snyder’s organization.

  4. “pour milk on the carpet” that is disgusting and how Snyder treats a fellow owner of a sport team in the same town shows he has no respect for other owners.

  5. Weasel is a perfect word that describes him. There’s no better word for him…other than maybe “rat” but they both belong in the gutter.

  6. It really is amazing that some people still believe that there is a conspiracy against Snyder or that he is somehow being “cancelled”. How anyone can support this guy is beyond me.

  7. Does this spoiled rotten, lousy human being deserve to continue being an NFL owner?

  8. Will the girls flown in from Dallas, fly to Washington for depositions ?
    Get-your-money time …

  9. Is anyone really surprised this stuff goes on? Some men behave badly in private. Wealthy men have the ability to do even more so. It’s tacitly understood that men with power and money are surrounded by beautiful women, some of them sexually available, whether financial renumeration comes in the source expensive shopping trips, a weekend on the boat, or cash. This stuff has gone one, goes on now, and will continue to go on.

    The only difference is normally all parties involved use discretion, and now dirty laundry is being aired out.

  10. Milk on the carpets? Daniel Snyder adds a whole new dimension to the meaning of “petty”.

  11. It’s not been publicly displayed, but the disfunction within the organization has been obvious for years. Basically, since Snyder bought the team. It was always dismissed as rumors or a hit job on him, or the cancel culture. Truth is…..this teams front office is that screwed up and it starts from the top down.
    I for one hope for the good of the organization he is made to sell the team. Maybe then we can get back to the real reason they exist, to play football, and maybe even have a winning season.

  12. Then you wonder why Washington went from one of the premier franchises in the 80s to the dumpster fire they’ve been under Snyder. Like I always say, you can’t overcome bad ownership.

  13. Good grief, I bet the other NFL owners can’t stand this turd. What a colossal embarrassment.

  14. He still doesn’t have to go even If a subpoena is issued.
    Congress has no power over private entities. The only thing they could do is over gate sales and say it qualified as interstate commerce. That’s the loophole they used for the mafia.
    His lawyers can argue that point, and probably win.
    I am a Paralegal and this case intrigues me. So I did some research and congress is walking a tightrope of legality.
    I wouldn’t be surprised is Snyder sues. Would he win? Doesn’t matter, it would seal all the so called evidence.

  15. People, if you don’t think that this is the way that most of the ultra-rich and their political minions behave, I have a bridge that I’m sure you’ll be interested in buying.

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