Commander’s strong rebuke of D.C. Attorney General invokes Brian Robinson shooting

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Daniel Snyder can’t sell the Commanders soon enough.

In a week in which Snyder has been temporarily trumped as the league’s most embarrassing owner by his sudden arch-nemesis, Colts owner Jim Irsay, Snyder has reminded everyone that he put the “diss” in dysfunction with a shameful statement that attempts to use the shooting of Commanders running back Brian Robinson as a shield against external scrutiny.

Following a Wednesday announcement that D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine will be making a “major announcement” on Thursday, the Commanders issued a characteristically combative statement.

“Less than three months ago, a 23-year-old player on our team was shot multiple times, in broad daylight,” the Commanders said. “Despite the out-of-control violent crime in D.C., today the Washington Commanders learned for the first time on Twitter that the D.C. Attorney General will be holding a press conference to ‘make a major announcement’ related to the organization tomorrow.”

But why invoke the shooting of Brian Robinson? What does it prove? The crime against Robinson is irrelevant to any crimes that the Commanders may have committed.

Consider the ludicrous nature of that argument. Essentially, the Commanders are balking at potentially being investigated and prosecuted because one of the team’s employees, in a wholly unrelated incident, was shot in the same jurisdiction.

The statement from the team also included comments far more relevant to the issue at hand.

“The Commanders have fully cooperated with the AG’s investigation for nearly a year,” the Commanders said. “As recently as Monday, a lawyer for the team met with the AG who did not suggest at that time that he intended to take any actions and, in fact, revealed fundamental misunderstandings of the underlying facts. It is unfortunate that, in his final days in office, Mr. Racine appears more interested in making splashy headlines, based on offbeat legal theories, rather than doing the hard work of making the streets safe for our citizens, including bringing to justice the people who shot one of our players.”

Racine can do try to do both. He has responsibility for all potential criminal activity within the District of Columbia, whether street crime or white-collar infractions.

Here’s the deeper problem with the Commanders’ statement. Like many self-serving press releases, the two-paragraph attack on Racine is aimed at pandering to Snyder’s base of fans and supporters. The only problem with that approach is, well, he has neither fans nor supporters.

Thus, the far better approach at this point will be: (1) keep your head low; (2) keep your mouth shut; and (3) above all else, sell the team.

36 responses to “Commander’s strong rebuke of D.C. Attorney General invokes Brian Robinson shooting

  1. The two teens have been arrested and are heading to trial. Danny boy should be next. Looks like the AG is doing his job.

  2. Snyder does not even understood how D.C. works, the Office of Attorney General does not prosecute violent crime; the U.S. Attorney’s Office for D.C. does.

  3. Love the lawyerly take here. The situation is notable also for the above-average number of entities seeking to speed up the sale of the team. Indeed, Snyder has no friends.

  4. Better for the team position to have a “We aren’t wrong, be we ain’t right” perspective than to just be WRONG.

  5. It’s obvious that there are some (hopefully not all) of the NFL owners that are absolutely clueless when it comes to accountability. They can’t believe that they are simply not assumed to be right in every aspect. Irsay and Snyder are pathetic examples of the 1%.

  6. The elites can’t be held accountable until every other crime is solved and prosecuted

  7. Leave Now, in this order: Little Danny Snyder, Jason Wright, Scott Turner, Carson Wentz, Ron Rivera, Jack Del Rio.

  8. Really miss the days of previous owner Mr Cook and head coach George Allen. The good ol days

  9. If I remember correctly, a comment attributed to Schottenheimer stated that NFL owners, “…only answer to themselves”. Nearly 20 years later this still holds true. Feel free to correct quote / link to citation. The great owners only show up to lift the Lombardi trophy. This is how it should be.

  10. All of this hand wringing over a rogue owner is hilarious given the fact that this league is all too happy to turn a blind eye and allow fellons and deadbeats to represent the sport. This league and its commissioner are an absolute abomination. We the fans continue to gobble up this entertainment every weekend.

  11. the announcement is simply the AG gaslighting the fans that hes going to try his best to keep the team in DC knowing full well that any billionaire buying them will move them asap…. a good politician never passes up an opportunity for free PR

  12. Get this clown Snyder out of the league now. It’s lunacy that he still has a team after all the BS he’s pulled. Owners that have done far less and have been pushed out of their respective leagues. No one likes him. Not his peers, not his business partners, not his fellow owners, and certainly the not the fans. “Protecting the Shield”? What a joke.

  13. The Commanders allegedly cheated their fans and their partners by unlawfully holding on to deposits and underreporting gate revenue. It is classless, pathetic, and just plain stupid to inject Brian Robinson’s shooting into this discussion. Totally separate and unrelated events — and everyone knows it. Danny has no shame or intelligence.

  14. Dear Dan, the voters did not buy the phony “CRIME” narrative. The prosecutor isn’t buying it, the Judge won’t buy it, and neither will the jury.

    True Bill!!

  15. Deflecting…where have I seen that before? Good on Robinson’s agent to fire back on that BS

  16. Racine should do both but unfortunately he hasn’t and there is a third suspect yet to be caught. Dan should sell the team make a boatload of loot and ride off in the sumset with a nice profit off his investment.

  17. He’s saying the DA/AG whatever they are should focus on all the violent crime and shootings by children, instead of worrying about internal matters at companies. Priorities now….

  18. wmount says:
    November 9, 2022 at 8:09 pm
    Snyder does not even understood how D.C. works, the Office of Attorney General does not prosecute violent crime; the U.S. Attorney’s Office for D.C. does.

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    It’s just stunning he doesn’t know this. I would imagine his PR team, or whoever wrote this was listening to him rant and rave and didn’t bother checking the obvious. It’s a totally bizarre deflection yes, but let’s at least point the (useless) finger in the right direction. Dumb and seriously dumber. It’s like blaming the Easter Beagle for getting a lousy present on Christmas day.

  19. I really miss the days when they stuck to crime. Especially in a city running rampant with crime. Including in their own buildings. Can’t wait for this glorious announcement nobody cares about. If he broke NFL rules the NFL should be handling this. Another flaw of our government.

  20. I hope the leagues owners vet out the next new owner and not to repeat this mistake again. One bad owner can take down the ship.

  21. The crime against Robinson is irrelevant to any crimes that the Commanders may have committed.

    What’s the crime against Robinson???

    Are we missing something?

  22. Lets see… Maybe it is because the AG is seeking headlines instead of taking care of the horrible crime in DC. That might be why. Maybe it is because anything Snyder actually has done, while in general is morally wrong and questionable in other ways, he has not done anything that the AG and or congress should be wasting their time with.

  23. The strategy of demagoging the alleged crime wave took a serious hit on Tuesday. More and more people are realizing that denying women’s and minority’s rights are more dangerous than lies about violent criminals being allowed on the streets.

  24. “Running an NFL team is no different than running any other business.”

    Dan Snyder upon purchasing the team.

  25. The fall of Dan Snyder will be bitter sweet. Watching him lose his membership in the richie rich club will be fun, but knowing he’ll walk away with $6-$7 billion is tough to swallow.

  26. birds of a feather says:
    November 9, 2022 at 11:18 pm
    I really miss the days when they stuck to crime. Especially in a city running rampant with crime. Including in their own buildings. Can’t wait for this glorious announcement nobody cares about. If he broke NFL rules the NFL should be handling this. Another flaw of our government.
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    This is such a weird, off-base take. The DA IS “sticking to crime”. The Commanders are a multi-billion-dollar company that is accused of fraud and a host of other things.

    Those are, like, crimes, man.

    And you don’t have to care if you don’t want to, but anyone with ethics and a moral compass sure does.

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