Daniel Snyder gets more aggressive in his attacks on media that dare to criticize him

House Hearing Examines NFL's Handling Of Washington Commanders' Workplace Misconduct
Getty Images

For his next move, Commanders owner Daniel Snyder possibly will declare the press to be the enemy of the people.

Snyder is becoming gradually more aggressive with those in the media who dare to write or talk about the history that culminated in discipline that was announced a year ago on Friday, as the NFL picked the best possible slow-news day on the calendar to unveil its still-bizarre refusal to disclose any of the specific facts and findings flowing from attorney Beth Wilkinson’s 10-month investigation of the team’s culture.

They had pulled it off. They issued a press release, conducted a conference call with the media, and then waited as the four-day July 4 weekend unfolded. By the time Thursday, July 1 became Tuesday, July 6, the NFL’s blatant failure of transparency had become forgotten. Indeed, but for the decision to weaponize emails from the team’s server against then-Raiders coach Jon Gruden, no real scrutiny ever would have occurred.

But the Gruden emails turned July’s mild curiosity into October’s major controversy. Media and fans realized that the Gruden emails may be the tip of a toxic iceberg that the league and the team had kept hidden. The House Oversight Committee got involved, commencing an investigation. And while the league hoped to finesse the situation into a resolution short of a public hearing, that didn’t happen.

So now, as the Oversight Committee continues to attempt to achieve its goal of compelling the testimony of Snyder, he’s far more focused on chastising those who would dare to point out that he has potentially been insufficiently punished (if he’s even really being punished at all) for being the captain of the Bad Ship Lollipop. The attitude first emerged on the day the Commissioner testified before the Committee, in the form of a letter to team employees that tried to make them think the ongoing criticism of Snyder amounted to attacks on them personally. Snyder became even more pointed in a statement released by a spokesperson to the Washington Post in connection with a story that, based on testimony secured by the Committee, suggests that his “I was a hands-off owner” excuse fails to hold water.

“Despite Mr. Snyder’s continued apologies and regret for the historical problems that arose at the team, The Washington Post goes out of its way to assail his character and ignore the successful efforts by both Dan and Tanya Snyder, together with Jason Wright and Coach Ron Rivera, for over the past two years to bring about a remarkable transformation to the organization,” the spokesperson said. “The Snyders will continue to focus on their league-leading fight to bring greater respect and much-needed diversity and equality to the workplace in the face of constant and baseless attacks from the media and elsewhere.”

First of all, they’re not really “attacks.” They’re instead fair reporting and analysis of a horribly bad workplace situation that has yet, as far as anyone can tell, to result in true and meaningful accountability. Second, they’re not baseless; Snyder deserves to be criticized for the organization he ran, whether he was there every day or simply showed up periodically while others engaged in the more regular alleged misconduct. Finally, they’re not really “constant.” Given the significance of the story, in light of the fact that things are otherwise as slow as they get when it comes to NFL news, it’s a fair and proper amount of attention — especially when the league and the team continue to hide behind the offensively disingenuous idea that, because some employees requested anonymity during the investigation, all things learned must be forever concealed.

Through it all, it’s unclear whether Snyder has, or hasn’t, defied the arrangement that required him to refrain from his day-to-day role. When the Commissioner testified on June 22 that Snyder currently isn’t performing those functions “to the best of my knowledge,” the Commissioner was trying to avoid stepping into a perjury trap, given the very real possibility that Snyder is doing what he damn well pleases. It is, however, clear that the Committee continues to be unable to serve him with a subpoena, and that he refuses to accept service on his superyacht or wherever he’s currently hiding.

Stop and think about that one for a moment. Regardless of whatever bad things Snyder may have done in the past or whatever good things he may be trying to do now, he apparently is doing everything he can to avoid a mandate from a duly-elected and fully-authorized arm of the United States Government to compel him to answer questions about topics that he and the league have managed to ignore. I suppose if/when he ever is forced to ask questions, he’ll answer every single one of them with a variation to the statement issued to the Post.

Despite my continued apologies and regret for the historical problems that arose at the team, Congress goes out of its way to assail my character and ignore the successful efforts by both me and my wife, together with Jason Wright and Coach Ron Rivera, for over the past two years to bring about a remarkable transformation to the organization. We will continue to focus on their league-leading fight to bring greater respect and much-needed diversity and equality to the workplace in the face of constant and baseless attacks from Congress and elsewhere.

50 responses to “Daniel Snyder gets more aggressive in his attacks on media that dare to criticize him

  1. His wife must be blind, deaf or some bubble headed village idiot not to have tossed this guy to the curb. Unless of course he has something on her like he probably does the NFL

  2. Obsess over him is a better term. Florio you’ve been anything but fair on your reporting of this man (right or wrong) and if anyone cane to this site other than for free agency news they would probably care more. Your left wing politics spill over to football news and it goes to show a man cant go anywhere now days to escape politics. Shame on you.

  3. He’s wealthy. They don’t have to answer questions or be held accountable for their actions. You obviously haven’t been paying attention.

  4. Well he should as it’s his right. This is way over blown and ridiculous, our countries leaders are are sell outs and exploiting the US. We are in big trouble.

  5. Well he should as it’s his right. This is way over blown and ridiculous, our country’s leaders are sell outs and exploiting the US. We are in big trouble.

  6. Cryptker says:
    July 2, 2022 at 10:04 am
    Too much money, Too much power will do that!

    ____

    Entitled, ignorant statement, just because you will never have his kind of money doesn’t mean you’re right.

  7. The media gets more aggressive in their attacks on Daniel Snyder who dares to defend himself.

  8. Well there you go. If you need to avoid accountability just hide out on your super yacht. We should all do that. Will the yacht folks take a Home Depot credit card?

  9. Daniel Snyder is a narcissist, and a despicable parasite who feels entitled to do anything he wants. He is a bully, who undeniably is awful to work for, and a man who has single handedly brought a once proud franchise , and it’s fans, to their knees. This disgrace of a man needs to be brought back to reality. Free Washington fans from their misery and force him to sell the team

  10. Snyder has the choice to be fully cooperative with the media and Congress, or ramp up his defiance and attacks.

    Whichever direction will help my favorite team improve its Third Down percentage and the defense’s ability to stop the run, I will support 100%!

  11. Danny plan is to stall until the GOP takes the House back….and they shut this bird dogging committee down….

  12. I don’t wish ill will on anyone, but if Dan Snyder was robbed of every penny he owns, I wouldn’t necessarily be upset

  13. So richard sherman is free to get a second chance and repair image but Dan Snyder is not?

  14. I don’t know much about Dan Snyder and the issues except what I read here, which seems to be obsessed with him. Let the league take care of it and keep Congress out of it. They can only screw things up. See crime, gas prices, inflation, etc., etc., etc. The league should resolve this with Snyder and move on.If Snyder doesn’t like it he can take the issue(s) to court. The fact that Snyder has not been successful can be resolved by those who attend the games (or not), those willing to work for him (or not, including players) or the league itself (if they want to). When it comes right down to the rest of us have no skin in the game other then curiosity and what we think we know.

  15. How about we talk about how you and rest of the media has stepped up its aggressive attack on him for years. What is with the need to tear people down just because you think you can. How dare a person stand up to the media.

  16. Let me get this straight. When the media reports facts, Snyder and his supporters call it attacks? It must be nice to be rich.

  17. One of the surest realities of any controversy is the person who blames the media is almost always wrong. When they have nowhere else to throw blame(besides themselves), they go off on the media.How refreshing it would be to have someone look at the camera and say, “After reviewing my actions and actions of those around me I can now see I was very wrong and should have corrected the situation sooner. I can’t make up totally for all the damage, but I can try.” The lawyers would pass out, but wouldn’t that be better?

    It is ironic, to a degree, that DS would criticize the media since he made his fortune in large part to marketing and telecommunications, cousins to modern-day journalism.

  18. “Let me get this straight. When the media reports facts, Snyder and his supporters call it attacks? It must be nice to be rich.” A lot of the attacks on Snyder are full of innuendo and supposition because he people hate his politics.

  19. finfan63 says:
    July 2, 2022 at 9:51 am
    His wife must be blind, deaf or some bubble headed village idiot not to have tossed this guy to the curb. Unless of course he has something on her like he probably does the NFL
    ————————————————————————————-
    If she’s smart, she’s waiting for him to be forced to sell the team, then after the billions are in the bank THEN she will file for divorce and get half of a much bigger pie. There are eye-witnesses to his infidelity. Slam dunk case.

  20. Keep the Goverment out of the NFL, then the NFL needs to stop asking the government to build them stadiums.

  21. It should not be surprising in this era to see people reflexively side against the “media” regardless of the fact they are merely reporting what individuals have said. Even if that means they support a confirmed dirtbag.

    You can hardly find anyone who has dealt with Snyder personally who thinks well of Snyder, and yet fans who never met him are consumed by the need to defend him rather than accept what the hated “media” reports.

  22. As the Gruden, discovery onion gets peeled, we’re likely to learn of overt racism that will turn stomachs and clearly explain Danny’s about face on “never, ever” changing the team name as well as his hiring of Jason Wright and Coach Ron Rivera within a short time of one another. Mark my word, it’s going to get ugly if his stall ball and the forced Gruden arbitration cannot prevent sunlight from disinfecting his putrid operation of a once proud franchise.

  23. Yeah. That’s, uh, what these people do. And we peons keep on voting in such a way as to keep them in power. For freedums or something.

  24. I’m hardly a Snyder guy and do believe he’s guilty of being an unsavory egomaniac who thinks he’s above the law, BUT I can’t help but note the irony of irresponsible scumbag politicians calling Danny out.

  25. reesafactory says:
    July 2, 2022 at 10:35 am

    Keep politics out of the NFL!

    ***************************

    Who thumbed down this comment? A millennial boosta br@!n? Has to be!

  26. whoatherebuddy says:
    July 2, 2022 at 12:04 pm

    I don’t wish ill will on anyone, but if Dan Snyder was robbed of every penny he owns, I wouldn’t necessarily be upset

    ______________

    “I don’t wish ill will on anyone, but” ….you have serious issues dude.

  27. yolo2020 says:
    July 2, 2022 at 5:07 pm
    I’m hardly a Snyder guy and do believe he’s guilty of being an unsavory egomaniac who thinks he’s above the law, BUT I can’t help but note the irony of irresponsible scumbag politicians calling Danny out.

    52Rate This

    —————-

    What if those particular politicians aren’t “scumbags” though?

    ,
    Can guarantee you Snyder is more of a scumbag than those calling his loser, corrupt self out.

  28. Explain to me again how they expedited the exit of Jerry Richardson in Charlotte.

    I’ll hang up and listen to your answer.

  29. Let me get this straight. When the media reports facts, Snyder and his supporters call it attacks?

    Kinda reminds us of a another man with an orange appearance, and his supporters.

  30. Love the Snyder apologists on this thread who fantasize that if only they could get “Mr Snyder’s” attention, he’d be their best friend!

  31. Led Zeppelin sang “Your Time is Gonna Come”. I would say it is the appropriate anthem, directed at Snyder and Deshaun Watson.

  32. isitfootballseasonyet says:
    July 2, 2022 at 7:07 pm
    Let me get this straight. When the media reports facts,

    _________________

    the media has been lying to you for decades dude, wake up!

  33. This guy thinks he’s gonna get a new stadium with this act? Good luck with that Danno.

  34. the media has been lying to you for decades dude, wake up!

    ——————-

    Let me get this straight. By “media” you mean Fox News, right?

  35. touchback6 says:
    July 2, 2022 at 5:38 pm
    yolo2020 says:
    July 2, 2022 at 5:07 pm
    I’m hardly a Snyder guy and do believe he’s guilty of being an unsavory egomaniac who thinks he’s above the law, BUT I can’t help but note the irony of irresponsible scumbag politicians calling Danny out.

    52Rate This

    —————-

    What if those particular politicians aren’t “scumbags” though?

    ,
    Can guarantee you Snyder is more of a scumbag than those calling his loser, corrupt self out.

    ______________

    u have a no basis to make a guarantee and it holds no water. You’re on pft 24/7 with an unhealthy obsession issue. go outside and do something with your life kiddo.

  36. The NFL should strip the Raiders of some draft picks for Snyder’s continued defiance.

  37. I think Dan Snyder is doing an excellent job. And Jerry Jones and John Mara are also top notch…Fly Eagles Fly.

  38. The Raiders already stripped the majority of their picks on their own this year with the pointless Davante Adams trade. But yea, strip more as they already flushed out all their bust draft picks from the failed Mack trade four years ago.

  39. No employee of his has been forced to work there. If they don’t like the culture, they can quit and get another job like the rest of us peons do when we stop liking a job.

  40. isitfootballseasonyet says:
    July 2, 2022 at 7:07 pm
    Let me get this straight. When the media reports facts, Snyder and his supporters call it attacks?

    Kinda reminds us of a another man with an orange appearance, and his supporters

    ———

    You mean like the Russian hoax they thrust upon America for 2.5 years only to find out in the end it was fabricated?

  41. Can’t fight every battle, everywhere, all the time, Danny. Better to keep quiet and let all that negativity dissipate into ether trails of time. Namaste.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.