Jerry Jones rips Commanders investigation, claiming it was 'politically biased'

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Jerry Jones has taken a more neutral tone in discussing Dan Snyder and the Washington Commanders recently.

That changed Friday.

The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform completed its investigation into Snyder and the Commanders organization over allegations of a toxic work environment. The results were released Thursday in a report entitled “Conduct Detrimental: How the NFL and the Washington Commanders Covered Up Decades of Sexual Misconduct”, and it was scathing.

The investigation was launched in Oct. 2021 after the NFL "failed to release detailed findings from an internal investigation by an attorney, Beth Wilkinson." Wilkinson had found that bullying, intimidation, sexual harassment and "a culture of fear pervaded the Commanders organization."

Among the more damning conclusions in the Oversight Committee investigation was that "Dozens of employees at the Commanders were harmed by a toxic work culture for more than two decades. The Team’s owner permitted and participated in this troubling conduct."

The report also said Commanders leadership ignored and downplayed sexual misconduct by senior male employees. Additionally, Snyder was said to have interfered with the Wilkinson investigation, and that the NFL was aware of that but failed to stop it.

You can read more about the investigation here.

Asked about the findings Friday in his weekly appearance on the “K&C Masterpiece,” the Cowboys owner alleged that the situation was politically motivated.

"First of all, I hope our fans see how politically biased this report is,” Jones said. “This report doesn't even come out if the Republicans were in Congress.

"It's that stupid. My point is there is biasness all the way through. There are stories behind the stories. The facts are that Mr. Snyder's minority partners really went out a long way to try and make him sell. He ended up buying them out. But a lot of this is that.

"A lot of the testimony I was involved first-hand. I was among the handful of owners that looked at all of the transcripts. That looked at all of the messages. That looked at all of the data. This attorney is on a campaign to stop having settlements. When you have workplace settlements that's another issue. But that's part of why this has the front that it has."

That strikes the same tone Republicans took on the matter, with the Republican Oversight Committee calling it, among other things, a “sham investigation” that was “an egregious waste of taxpayer-funded resources.”

The Commanders also have claimed the report was one-sided.

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