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House Oversight Committee invites Goodell and Snyder to appear

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FILE – Dan Snyder, co-owner and co-CEO of the Washington Commanders, poses for photos during an event to unveil the NFL football team’s new identity, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, in Landover, Md. A Anyone with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Washington commanders have purchased land in Virginia for what could be a potential site for the NFL team’s next stadium. The 200 acres of land purchased for about $100 million is in Woodbridge, about 25 miles outside the District of Columbia. The Commanders’ lease at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, expires in 2027. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

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The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform has invited NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder to appear at a hearing later this month as part of of the congressional investigation into the conduct of the team in the workplace.

Chairman Carolyn B. Maloney and Economic and Consumer Policy Subcommittee Chairman Raja Krishnamoorthi said Wednesday they sent letters to the league and team asking for Goodell and Snyder to attend on June 22.

It was not immediately clear whether the committee expected either to make an appearance. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league has received the invitation “and will respond directly in a timely manner.”

McCarthy added, “The NFL has cooperated extensively throughout the committee’s lengthy investigation of Washington commanders, including producing more than 460,000 pages of documents and answering numerous questions in writing and in conversations with the committee staff.”

Messages sent to Snyder’s representatives and commanders were not immediately returned.

Congress launched an investigation into the organization’s workplace culture in October after the league refused to release a report last year on an independent review it oversaw, leading to a fine of $10 million. The committee described the upcoming hearing as the next step in the investigation and said it will examine how the NFL handles allegations of workplace misconduct and how it sets and enforces standards for all teams. .

“We need to be transparent and accountable, which is why we’re calling on Mr. Goodell and Mr. Snyder to answer the questions they’ve been dodging for the past seven months,” said Maloney, a Democrat from New York. , in a press release. “The hearing will explore how Congress can act to stop employers from silencing victims of workplace misconduct and ensure that what happened to the COs organization never happens again.”

Krishnamoorthi, an Illinois Democrat, said the committee had been bogged down for seven months by nondisclosure agreements for former employees and other tools “to evade accountability.”

In the summer of 2020, Snyder hired attorney Beth Wilkinson to investigate allegations of workplace misconduct after several former employees made claims about the work environment. The league has taken control of this investigation, which ended last summer.

Congress urged Goodell to release a written report of the investigation. The league has repeatedly said it has no plans to do so.

Attorneys Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, who represent more than 40 former team employees, said in a statement Wednesday that they were pleased to see the committee invite Goodell and Snyder to appear.

“We hope they will show the same courage as our clients and agree to testify,” they said. “Dan Snyder and Roger Goodell have a lot to answer.”

Asked about the situation following the Commanders’ final off-season practice, coach Ron Rivera declined to comment.

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