Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay made waves earlier this week when he said there is some “merit to remove” Daniel Snyder as owner of the Washington Commanders and he is showing no signs of backing off from that sentiment.
Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer spoke to Irsay this weekend and reported on Sunday’s NFL on Fox pregame show that the Colts owner doubled down on his comments from earlier in the week.
“I do not feel it’s in the best interest of the shield and NFL,” Irsay told Glazer. “This is not how we should be represented. It is regrettable that we have to be in this position.”
The Commanders released a statement this week condemning Irsay, calling his comments “highly inappropriate,” but Irsay does not care for whatever backlash there may be from his comments.
“I want to talk about it,” he said. “I will not be muzzled and I will stand by it.”
Snyder is currently subject to an investigation of alleged misconduct led by former SEC chairwoman Mary Jo White. He was recently investigated by Beth Wilkinson for workplace misconduct, which resulted in a $10 million fine and removal of day-to-day operations.
White is investigating one allegation from a former team employee that she was sexually harassed by Snyder as well as allegations of financial fraud — using “two books” to help hide money meant to be shared with the rest of the league.
In order for Snyder to be removed as owner, it would need to be put to a vote amongst the owners, requiring 24 votes in favor of removal.
Irsay has been the only owner publicly outspoken about it and in his initial comments he believed there could “potentially” be enough votes to oust Snyder. At the very least, he expects the investigations findings to be discussed at the next meeting in December.
“I do believe the concerns I have will merit a serious discussion,” he said. “I don’t want to see this swept under the rug.”