Dan Snyder

When it comes to Dan Snyder and the Washington Commanders, it always seems like they’re being called out for doing something shady or illegal. No wonder the NFL is softly pushing him to sell the team. Those calls might not be as soft following the bombshell news that dropped on Thursday.

As promised earlier in the week, the attorney general for the District of Columbia announced Thursday that he is filing a civil consumer protection lawsuit against the Commanders, Snyder, the NFL, and commissioner Roger Goodell. Per Attorney General Karl Racine, the civil complaint is based around the NFL team colluding to deceive D.C. residents.

Racine said at a press conference that the Commanders and NFL violated D.C. consumers’ rights based on what they knew about workplace misconduct and alleged that Snyder lied about his knowledge surrounding it.

“Mr. Snyder was not only aware of the toxic culture in his organization, he encouraged it, and participated in it,” said Racine.

Racine was flanked by posters at his press conference that detailed the team’s recent rebranding, which includes references to Washington, D.C. They also noted the NFL’s investigation into the Commanders’ workplace culture.

“Dan Snyder assured fans that he would fully cooperate with the investigation and the results could be trusted,” read one poster. “That was a lie: He repeatedly attempted to interfere, and the fans could not trust results that were never made public. Because Snyder had a veto.”

Perhaps the most eye-catching moment was that Racine said not only will be issuing subpoenas but testimony will take place in a courtroom, not on Snyder’s yacht, an allusion to the way the Commanders’ owner handled his deposition with the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

“We will issue subpoenas,” said Racine. “We will seek testimony under oath. I promise you, just a hunch – the depositions will not take place on a yacht, but in a courtroom in the District of Columbia.”

There’s definitely going to be a lot more to this situation as it develops, including a continued discussion about the way the franchise initially reacted to the news. In the meantime, there were some very strong reactions from around the NFL world.



About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.