NFL commissioner Roger Goodell mentioned Wednesday the league “fully cooperated” with Congressional investigations into the Washington Commanders, despite the House Oversight Committee report last week stating otherwise. Here’s what you have to know:
- The Commanders issued an announcement after Goodell’s feedback: “We are focused on football and winning our Sunday night rematch with the Giants.”
- Goodell burdened the league’s settlement to share info with the workforce throughout the NFL probe of the membership was not a secret aspect deal.
- Goodell supplied no new info on the attainable sale of the Commanders.
- Goodell described a House report blasting proprietor Dan Snyder and the league as “expected.” He gave no replace on the NFL’s present probes into the workforce.
Goodell’s look is his first for the reason that House doc raked Snyder and Goodell over the coals in a long-awaited report on the Commanders’ tradition and sexual harassment scandals. The report alleged that the NFL helped sweep it below the rug and stymied the Congressional effort.
“We’ve been very consistent on this from day one: We fully cooperated,” he advised reporters. “We had over 500,000 documents submitted. I personally spent two and a half hours in testimony. I think someone told me it was 120 questions.”
The House report blamed Snyder for the workforce’s tradition of sexual harassment and alleged the NFL didn’t cooperate utterly within the probes. In specific, the report pointed to an settlement to share info between the workforce and league throughout the NFL’s preliminary investigation into the membership as proof the league’s effort was flawed.
Goodell rejected that premise.
“The results of the committee’s report from the majority were questions that were asked. There were comments about secret agreements, they are not secret agreements. They are legal documents that we explained. All those were brought back into that, it wasn’t unexpected to us.”
Meanwhile, Goodell mentioned there isn’t a replace on NFL exterior counsel Mary Jo White’s twin investigations into the Commanders, saying there isn’t a timeline. She is investigating allegations that Snyder sexually harassed a former worker, and that he held again income because of the different golf equipment.
As of last week, neither White nor her team interviewed Snyder, in response to an individual contained in the group who was granted anonymity as a result of they aren’t licensed to talk publicly.
Earlier this yr Snyder introduced he had retained an funding financial institution to discover the sale of some or the entire membership. Goodell gave no new info on that course of.
“I don’t have any expectation on that; Dan’s statement that he put out that he was exploring that, and we will continue to work with him on that,” Goodell mentioned.
Asked if Snyder performed himself the best way an NFL proprietor ought to, Goodell replied, “As I said, we were very clear about the culture in the organization that occurred during that period of time. And that it was very disturbing.”
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