Dan Snyder the owner of the NFL franchise the Washington Commanders – the team formerly known as the Redskins – is in the middle of yet another controversy. This time, Snyder stands accused of having been responsible for the downfall of Famed NFL head coach John Gruden.
John Gruden was forced to resign abruptly as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders in October 2021 after a series of e mails were revealed in which Gruden not only insulted and criticized a number of other NFL coaches and league officials, but also used racist and homophobic language in doing so. The e mails were related to an NFL investigation into Gruden’s behavior.
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The question that everyone was asking since then was: who leaked the e mails? Well, now we know that it was Dan Snyder because Bruce Allen, the former general manager of the Washington Commanders, testified to that before the U.S. House of Representatives.
The House of Representatives is investigating Dan Snyder and the Washington Commanders over allegations that include various forms of discrimination and paying out hush money to keep it all quiet.
According to a report issued by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform, Bruce Allen testified, “By June 2021, Mr. Snyder went one step further: he identified for the NFL ‘specific inappropriate Bruce Allen e-mails’ to bolster the claims that Mr. Allen was to blame for the toxic workplace culture.”
But why would Dan Snyder do that? Well, there are a number of possible reasons. For example, Snyder may have simply wanted to disrupt a competitor, or he could have done it out of spite since he was under investigation by the NFL too.
On the underlying issues of sexual harassment within the Washington Commanders organization, the House Committee report stated, “The results of the Committee’s investigation, as laid out in this report, are clear: sexual harassment, bullying, and other toxic conduct pervaded the workplace at the Washington Commanders and were perpetuated by a culture of fear instilled by the Team’s owner.”
The Washington Commanders changed its name a few years ago from the Redskins because the old name was considered to be a racial slur against Native Americans. But if Dan Snyder hoped that the name change would end his troubles, he was surely mistaken. Now many people expect him to sell the team.
Daniel Snyder’s official bio on the Washington Commanders’ website is quite flattering, however, calling him a self-made man and an “entrepreneur at heart, Dan Snyder’s life is marked by an enduring passion for the people, the team and the community he loves.”
“Snyder has put his passion into action since purchasing the team in 1999, consistently leading the franchise to new prominence in the community, the business world and the National Football League. Under his leadership, the team has raised millions of dollars for charitable efforts and maintained its place in the top tier of the world’s most valuable sports franchises.”