Dan Snyder is attempting to level the release of the sexual misconduct report led by Mary Jo White as the Washington Commanders prepare to be sold.
Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham of ESPN wrote on Friday, “The contents of White’s report — and whether it’s released in its entirety and when — are among the final major stumbling blocks to a sale of the team for $6.05 billion.” They wrote that the leverage Snyder holds is “time.”
According to the network, the Commanders denied the report by ESPN, and an NFL spokesman declined to comment.
The NFL hired Mary Jo White to lead an investigation into sexual misconduct within the Commanders’ organization in early 2022. It’s one of the issues that developed under Snyder’s franchise oversight since 1999. The franchise took significant hits regarding fandom and reputation under Dan Snyder, which only seemed to worsen by the year.
But Snyder and the Commanders appear bound to be bought by Josh Harris, who owns the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers. The reported figure for the sale is $6.05 billion. That is higher than the Denver Broncos were sold in 2022 when the team was price-tagged at $4.65 billion.
Presumably, if the report isn’t limited, it could take a major dive in reputation before the sale is processed. So time will tell to see the effects of the report’s release.