Washington Football Team co-CEO Tanya Snyder gave her first known extensive interview this week, during which she addressed the investigation of the organization's workplace culture that led to a $10 million fine from the NFL.
Snyder, appearing on Tuesday on ESPN reporter Adam Schefter's podcast, discussed a variety of topics, including the investigation and its fallout, her ascent to top-ranking team official, and the team's ongoing renaming process.
Snyder, the wife of team owner Dan Snyder, was officially promoted to co-CEO in June, just days before the league announced the findings of its investigation of the team following multiple reports of sexual harassment affecting front office employees and team cheerleaders.
Speaking with Schefter, Snyder stopped short of an apology but said the organization was doing "everything possible" to ensure a new day had dawned in Washington.
"It's been a tumultuous year for your organization" Schefter said. "The team was fined $10 million. You took over the day-to-day operations of the team, and became basically the foremost person in charge of the Washington Football Team. What has this year been like for you?"
"It's been one of the most difficult years in mine, Dan, and I know my family's lives," Snyder said. "I think being on the other side of where we are and learning just a tremendous amount, and my style and my wish is to turn all of these into blessings, to make the most of where we are today."
She then cited her and her husband's recent buyout of several minority partners as reason for optimism.
"We're 100 percent owners, and we're in a much stronger position to be able to make each and every change that we need to make. So for that, I'm very excited.
"It's hard. I get a lump in my throat, and it's a cross between a crime show and a nightmare movie, but I'm here to tell you that today I know we're doing everything possible -- and where we've ended up and where we're heading, I couldn't be more excited."
Asked to explain the lump in her throat, Snyder said she feels like her family has taken unfair criticism.
"Well I just think it's the pain that from our family, from our children, and you know, just a lot of the tough times that we've gone through, and as you know, the media. It is what it is, everyone is going to say whatever, and I guess when you don't have a voice out there people can say whatever and that has been the case, so ... that's what I mean."
Asked for her reaction to harassment allegations, Snyder said she was "horrified" and became motivated to spring into action to right the ship.
The allegations of rampant sexual harassment spanned a handful of alleged incidents over a timeframe of roughly 15 years. Many of the accounts were detailed in a series of reports published by the Washington Post beginning in the summer of 2020.
Lisa Friel, the NFL's counsel for special investigations, said the probe revealed a "toxic" workplace culture, and