Spokesperson for Daniel Snyder refutes claim he refused subpoena to appear before Congress


Dan Snyder did not attend last week’s congressional hearing to address the team’s “toxic” culture including widespread allegations of sexual harassment, prompting chairwoman Carolyn Maloney to subpoena the Commanders owner. Monday, the House Oversight and Reform Committee released a statement, claiming Snyder refused service, declining to appear before Congress on June 30th.

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“Mr. Snyder has so far refused to accept service of the committee's subpoena,” the statement read. “While the committee has been and remains willing to consider reasonable accommodations requested by the witnesses, we will not tolerate attempts to evade service of a duly authorized subpoena or seek special treatment not afforded to other witnesses who testified in this matter. The committee will not be deterred from obtaining Mr. Snyder's testimony, and we remain committed to ensuring transparency about the toxic workplace culture at the Washington Commanders and the NFL’s inadequate response."

Snyder’s camp issued a response later that day, insisting he plans to testify at a later date. “Mr. Snyder has not refused to appear for a deposition,” a spokesperson said on Snyder’s behalf. “The Committee only offered one date—June 30th—and Mr. Snyder’s attorney is out of the country and unavailable on that date.”

Snyder was out of the country last week as well and reportedly plans to be abroad for “large chunks of July,” traveling to Israel for the one-year anniversary of his mother’s death. Snyder’s lack of cooperation, refusing to acknowledge credible accusations of misconduct and fostering a hostile environment (he also finds himself at the center of a ticketing scam, alleging he intentionally underreported ticket sales in order to keep a larger share of the profits), would suggest this is all an elaborate stall tactic, using every resource at his disposal to avoid relinquishing control of the team he’s owned since 1999.

Last summer, the Commanders were assessed an unprecedented $10-million fine following a yearlong investigation conducted by independent counsel Beth Wilkerson, who uncovered an appalling work atmosphere rife with “bullying” and “intimidation.” As a result, Snyder has largely been relegated to the sideline, no longer involved in the team’s day-to-day operations, though his presence still looms large over an underachieving franchise embroiled in controversy.

The famously litigious 57-year-old has proven time and again he won’t go down without a fight with dutiful commissioner Roger Goodell continuing to act as his meat shield. Goodell reiterated last week he doesn’t have the authority to remove Snyder, who would have to be voted out by a three-fourths majority (24 of 32 NFL owners).

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