What a shock. The final NFL franchise to combine — the group named after a racial slur till 2020 — is rotten. So rotten that Congress determined to dig all the best way in to see simply how far it unfold, and came upon that it’s seen as quickly because the pores and skin is eliminated and runs all the best way to the core of the noxious fruit that’s the Washington Commanders.
In a 78-page report, Congress detailed the contemptible job that Daniel Snyder has achieved because the franchise proprietor, and likewise how the NFL didn’t take sufficient steps to thwart his evil reign. The specifics are gross, however one paragraph on the second to final web page completely summarizes the disgusting dysfunction of the NFL within the nation’s capital:
“The outcomes of the Committee’s investigation, as specified by this report, are clear: sexual harassment, bullying, and different poisonous conduct pervaded the office on the Washington Commanders and have been perpetuated by a tradition of worry instilled by the Workforce’s proprietor. The NFL, by the investigation carried out by Ms. Wilkinson, was conscious that Mr. Snyder and different Workforce executives not solely did not cease this misconduct however engaged in it themselves. The League additionally knew that Mr. Snyder and the Commanders group used quite a lot of ways to intimidate, surveil, and repay whistleblowers and to affect and hinder Ms. Wilkinson’s work. Relatively than search actual accountability, the NFL aligned its authorized pursuits with Mr. Snyder’s, did not curtail his abusive ways, and buried the investigation’s findings.”
Snyder did what he needed when he needed, and confirmed no regard for the humanity of the group’s feminine workers. This report is affected by individuals detailing — with out anonymity — the flagrant misconduct by Snyder and others inside the group.
It’s dangerous sufficient that Snyder has mismanaged the franchise on the sphere. A franchise that gained three Tremendous Bowls within the 20 years previous to his buy, has gained two playoff video games within the 23 years since. A lot of the fanbase that used to actually shake RFK Stadium with their enthusiasm, has been drained of all of its ardour by Snyder. It has been 15 years since Sean Taylor’s tragic loss of life and the one tribute the franchise has gotten proper is when the protection determined to line up with 10 gamers on the primary play of its first sport with out him. Each different effort has been a shame.
Snyder is meant to be promoting the franchise quickly. Higher late than by no means, but it surely has taken far too lengthy. It took him being pressured by the individuals who personal the naming rights to the stadium to lastly change the franchise’s racial slur nickname. Now, in 2022, we discover out in a Congressional report that he has been hiring personal investigators to indicate up at peoples’ homes to try to intimidate them in order that they wouldn’t communicate out in opposition to him.
His attorneys, Jerry Jones, and the Republican get together can scream that this investigation is a leftist smear marketing campaign all that they need, however the Congressional committee spoke to over 150 individuals. The conclusion that they drew is that the reporting by the New York Instances, Washington Submit and elsewhere had been correct.
The office of the Washington NFL franchise has been poisonous throughout Snyder’s time as proprietor, and never sufficient has been achieved to cease it. The NFL can shoulder a few of the blame for not appearing rapidly, or decisively, sufficient to try to cease this insanity, however Snyder is the primary drawback right here.
For greater than twenty years, Snyder has run this franchise with out a lot regard for decency. He ought to have been pressured to promote his franchise years in the past. The sooner that he’s out of sports activities the higher, however eradicating him now can’t undo the harm he has achieved to individuals and likewise the franchise’s repute.