Daniel Snyder, owner of Washington Leaders, once again rejects the House Oversight Committee’s call to testify in achieving workplace culture in franchise

Washington leaders’ owner, Daniel Snyder, confirmed Monday that Snyder will not testify before Congress on June 22, despite the committee’s request for reconsideration.

Karen Patton Seymour has rejected an initial call from the House Oversight Committee to investigate leaders’ “toxic workplace culture”, saying that Snyder has a “protracted leader-related business conflict” and is out of the country at the end of June. Seymour also requested copies of documents that the committee members intend to use in their interrogation.

On Friday, DNY President Carolyn Maloney, Snyder’s attorney, sent a six-page letter saying that Snyder could actually testify at the June 22 hearing, similar to what NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to do on that day. The chair also said the commission had no obligation to provide documents, but would do so if Snyder agreed to testify.

On Monday, Seymour wrote to the committee that “Mr. Snyder’s trade dispute was scheduled long ago and cannot be rescheduled. Furthermore, your letter’s suggestion that Mr. Snyder might testify remotely does not address my concern that a hypothetical appearance would not adequately protect my interest.” Mr. Snyder in the presence of his lawyer with him physically.”

She continued, “Both Snyders and the team remain fully prepared to cooperate with the committee, and are keen to share the cultural shift that leaders are undertaking if the committee is interested in obtaining that information in a manner consistent with appropriate legal process and fairness protection.”

A spokesman for the House Oversight Committee told ESPN in a statement, “If Mr. Snyder had been truly committed to cooperating with the committee’s investigation, he would have accepted the committee’s invitation to testify about leaders’ toxic workplace culture. As the chairperson’s letter makes clear, the committee has been more than just Absorbed – even allowing Mr. Snyder to testify remotely from France. His refusal to testify sends an unmistakable signal that Mr. Snyder has something to hide and is afraid to reveal to the American public and deal with major labor protection concerns facing the NFL. And she won’t back down. The commission announced its investigation into the reality of workplace misconduct by Washington’s leaders.

In July 2021, the NFL fined the Leaders $10 million after investigating the culture of a franchise workplace under Snyder’s ownership. Congress launched its investigation shortly after, in October, and is also investigating allegations by a former employee who said she was sexually harassed by Snyder in 2019.

Washington fired several employees after that The Washington Post uncovered allegations of sexual harassment In summer 2020. Others who were also accused of sexual harassment had already left the organization or resigned that summer.

Maloney said Snyder could testify despite other ongoing investigations, which was another reason for Snyder’s reluctance, according to his attorney’s letter. The NFL opened another investigation after the former employee’s allegations in February. Prosecutors in Virginia and Washington, DC are also looking into allegations of financial wrongdoing.

“Congress has long investigated matters subject to parallel proceedings,” Maloney wrote.

By not testifying, she said, Snyder refuses to “accept accountability for his actions because of the culture he nurtured within his team” and casts doubt on his “emphasis that leaders are now a model for how to make extraordinary improvements in workplace culture.”

ESPN’s John Kim contributed to this report.

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