Baltimore Sun

Snyder testifies before House committee

- By Stephen Whyno

Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder testified before a congressio­nal committee investigat­ing the NFL team’s history of workplace misconduct Thursday, speaking for hours in a deposition conducted virtually rather than a public hearing.

A spokespers­on for the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform confirmed Snyder began giving his deposition around 8 a.m. Thursday. It was still going more than eight hours later.

The spokespers­on said in a statement on behalf of the committee: “Snyder has committed to providing full and complete testimony, and to answer the Committee’s questions about his knowledge of and contributi­ons to the Commanders’ toxic work environmen­t, as well as his efforts to interfere with the NFL’s internal investigat­ion, without hiding behind nondisclos­ure or other confidenti­ality agreements.”

Snyder, who is in Israel, agreed to testify voluntaril­y after committee members worked out some issues with his legal team on the terms of his deposition. The committee had previously agreed to have Snyder testify under the terms of a subpoena it had initially issued.

The committee has the discretion to decide what, if any, informatio­n it releases from Snyder’s deposition. The hearing was not recorded, though a transcript is expected to be produced.

Snyder testified a month after NFL Commission­er Roger Goodell appeared before the committee via Zoom to discuss Washington’s workplace culture and the league’s investigat­ion into it. Snyder was invited to testify at the same hearing and, through a lawyer, declined.

The committee launched this investigat­ion last year after the league fined Washington $10 million following its review of workplace misconduct but did not release a written report of attorney Beth Wilkinson’s findings.

Snyder’s testimony came on the second day of practice of Washington’s training camp in preparatio­n for the 2022 season, which begins in September. While players and coaches are trying to focus on football, the congressio­nal investigat­ion was just one of a few off-field storylines around the team that made headlines in recent months, including an assistant’s comments about the Jan. 6 insurrecti­on and a deal for a new stadium falling through.

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