Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay says “serious consideration” should be given to the removal of Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder as owners of the National Football League team ( NFL) were gathering in New York for a quarterly meeting. Irsay is the first team owner to publicly support the possible removal of Snyder, who faces allegations of sexual misconduct.
A bombshell report from ESPN last week said Snyder believed he had enough ‘dirt’ to ‘blast’ some of his co-owners and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, as he faces new calls to sell his team. The NFL fined commanders $10 million last year after an independent investigation found widespread bullying and sexual harassment of female team employees.
In February, the league said it would independently investigate after a former cheerleader and team marketing executive accused Snyder of inappropriate behavior. Snyder denied the allegations.
“It’s an unfortunate situation,” Irsay told reporters. “It pains me to see it – the founders of this league taught me: ‘You have to protect the game, you have to protect what we are. That’s not our business.” A spokesperson for the commanders said Snyder would not sell the team.
“It is highly inappropriate, but not surprising, that Mr. Irsay chose to publicly make statements based on lies in the media,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “We are confident that when given the opportunity to see the actual evidence in this case, Mr. Irsay will conclude that there is no reason for the Snyders to consider selling the franchise.”
In a letter to team owners obtained by Reuters, Snyder hit back at ESPN’s report, saying he never hired investigators to “investigate other owners” and Goodell. “This is patently untrue and intended to erode trust and goodwill among owners,” he wrote.
Team owners didn’t vote on the issue Tuesday, but Irsay said he thinks there’s enough support for Snyder’s potential removal, pending the outcome of the NFL’s investigation. It would take the support of at least 24 of the league’s 32 owners to oust him. “I’m very worried that he has to be fired,” Irsay said.
“It’s a situation you wish you weren’t there.” Goodell told the owners there was ‘no reason for there to be any speculation’ before the investigation, led by former Securities and Exchange Commission chairwoman Mary Jo White, was completed. .
“Speculation without facts is not a very positive thing to do. I think everyone deserves to have facts and to make sure that those decisions are made with facts,” he told reporters. journalists. Goodell said he was unable to provide a timeline on when the investigation will be completed, but reiterated that the findings would be made available to the public.
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