In a decision most saw coming, the US House Oversight Committee will subpoena Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder to appear before Congress after he twice refused to appear for the first Wednesday hearing.
“Mr. Snyder’s refusal to testify sends a clear signal that he is more concerned with protecting himself than telling the truth to the American public,” House Speaker Carolyn Maloney said during Wednesday’s hearing. , via CBS Sports. “If the NFL is unwilling to hold Mr. Snyder accountable, then I am prepared to do so. The Committee will not be deterred in its investigation to uncover the truth about job misconduct among Washington commanders.”
Snyder has been under investigation since late last year for creating a toxic workplace surrounding Washington commanders, as well as sexual harassment and assault of former employees. His legal team declined two previous invitations to attend Wednesday’s hearing on the grounds that Snyder has overseas business he could not postpone. It was later revealed that he was attending an awards show in France instead.
“(Rather) than show up and take responsibility for his actions, he chose to leave town,” Maloney said. “Apparently Mr. Snyder is in France, where he has moored his luxury yacht near a seaside resort. That should tell you how much respect he has for women in the workplace.”
Maloney also accused NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who was on hand to testify Wednesday, of not doing a good enough job investigating Snyder and the COs himself. During Wednesday’s hearing, the committee revealed in a lengthy memorandum that Snyder conducted a shadow investigation to keep the investigation away from himself and his conduct while overseeing the Commanders franchise.
There is no word yet on when exactly Snyder is expected to appear before the committee.