The investigation of Daniel Snyder’s house and the commanders won’t be much

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We will have to wait at least another week. Another stacked on top of what has become an endless loop of wasted time and a delayed showdown that seems unlikely to ever come.

On Wednesday, President Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (DN.Y.) said the House Oversight and Reform Commission intends to issue a subpoena for Washington commanders owner Daniel Snyder to testify next week. This, of course, only if a long business trip to Cannes or the Maldives or the surface of the moon is to prevent him from appearing in person or even from a distance. Everyone knows that there is no WiFi in France.

But unless Snyder chooses to resist the quote – a scenario that seems possible, if not likely – the committee will be able to question the person most responsible for the team’s misogynistic work culture. Maloney and his fellow Democrats have painted Snyder as the face of workplace misconduct within commanders, the NFL, and the country. Her salt-and-pepper bearded mug is one from which women and workers around the world must be protected and, using the NFL’s Commander Management Committee investigation as a platform, Maloney has introduced two bills. that will target sexual harassment at work.

The legislation could protect employees very well in the future, but when it comes to Snyder, nothing significant will happen, regardless of whether he testifies next week. Or the week after. Or anytime soon.

Daniel Snyder conducted “shadow investigations” on the accusers, the panel notes

Neither Congress nor the NFL commissioner can enact the kind of discipline that needs to happen here. Snyder should no longer be an NFL owner.

He lost that privilege when he created a level of toxicity Roger Goodell testified Wednesday that he had never seen in an NFL franchise. When he paid sums of money in 2009 to a woman who accused him of sexual assault in the back of a private plane. Or, if she couldn’t care less about the abuse of women, when she treated a once-proud franchise like a toy she found in a bargain bin from a dollar store and replaced her luster with the reputation of an underdog.

Snyder has to go. But instead his punishment was reduced to penance. The NFL has issued a $ 10 million fine – so heck, poor Dan will have to put his next super yacht on hold – and has handed over daily control of the team to his wife, Tanya.

Snyder continues to withstand the body shots delivered by all the investigations and the overwhelming reports (the ones that have been released). He does so while he hides behind his wife, the president of commanders Jason Wright and convenient time reminder to the staff. And he can do it because he is still the impenetrable, indestructible owner of the Commanders.

Kicking the can in the halls of Congress – to more subpoenas and more depositions – will never change that.

The House Oversight and Reform Commission planned to sue Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder on June 22 citing the team’s “toxic” environment. (Video: Jackson Barton / The Washington Post, Photo: Michael Robinson Chavez / The Washington Post)

We have been tossed around in this rotation cycle for nearly two years. The investigation into the Washington football franchise began in July 2020. And then came the NFL investigation, which took over the Washington investigation. Then the Congressional investigation into the NFL investigation.

Snyder did not show up Wednesday to answer questions about the investigation into the investigation, but his absence couldn’t stop this strange theater from taking center stage. The show must go on. And in this particular case – in which no hero emerges, although the grandest of elected officials, loyal only to their party’s talking points, enjoys their 15 minutes of filming time – it goes on and on. . . come on. . . And . . . On.

The Democrats grilled Goodell with questions he thought he covered in his opening statement. They asked for yes or no answers and Goodell, providing a testimony via Zoom as he was framed by two fake plants, stammered soliloquies before being interrupted. With his third hiatus, Maloney provided the script for the day. “understood! ” moment revealing his intention to sue Snyder. After so many interruptions, Goodell seemed almost relieved to talk about PSI as a nerd when Rep Pat Fallon (R-Tex.) Raised Deflategate.

Fallon was nonchalant, of course, and called the audience a “clown show”. Unfortunately for the country, the clowns of the moment sat in a mostly empty room on Capitol Hill, behind their nameplates. And the one stationed behind the “Mr. Jordan “felt this was the appropriate stage to question Goodell about the NFL’s alleged NFL ban on playing Dave Portnoy and Jack Del Rio’s First Amendment rights.

It was the same lethargic and predictable flurry between Democrats, who continued to demand the release of attorney Beth Wilkinson’s findings from her investigation of commanders, and Republicans, who kept repeating to their echo chamber how the world under the Biden administration. However, Goodell and several Republican members of the committee agreed on one point: that Snyder was made an example and the culture was cleaned up.

“The problems have been resolved,” Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) Said during his closing statement.

Yet how could it be when the problem child remains in charge?

This was the same big, fat burger served since February, when several women and a man boldly displayed their faces as they raised allegations of sexual harassment and assault directly against Snyder and the dogs he had placed in power. They asked Congress to force the NFL to publish the Wilkinson report, in the apparent hope that public scrutiny would persuade 24 of the league’s 31 other owners to force Snyder to sell.

Without those billionaires willing to step forward and remove Snyder from their posh club, more political theater can follow. A quote for Snyder. Another letter from his lawyer who regretfully informs the commission of his very important business trip which cannot be missed. Another hearing where Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) can bring water for Portnoy and the apologists on January 6.

Well-meaning legislation may pass to protect women and all workers, but it will mean little to the franchise at the heart of this show. The face of workplace misconduct, crazed power, Washington commanders still remains the owner. And no deposition next week or the following week will solve the problem.

Next week we could get more theater. But we will definitely not get a resolution.

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