The Washington Commanders may be slipping from Daniel Snyder’s grasp, and the billionaire is reportedly sending out a warning to the rest of the NFL: you could be the next.
Don Van Natta Jr., Seth Wickersham, and Tisha Thompson wrote a comprehensive article for ESPN on Thursday detailing the alleged measures Snyder has been taking in the midst of numerous investigations. Snyder has reportedly been telling people in his inner circle that he has gathered “dirt” on a number of other influential people in the NFL, including commissioner Roger Goodell. This information comes from various team owners as well as NFL team and league executives. Snyder’s objective appears to be to warn his friends that if they try to kick him out, he will go down with them.
According to recent reports, Snyder recently informed a close friend that he had enough evidence to “blow up” Goodell, the league office, and a number of his fellow NFL owners. He added that “all the owners despise each other” and compared the NFL to a “mafia.” All the owners dislike Dan, one owner argued in response to that.
Snyder reportedly went so far as to engage private investigators to dig into Goodell and other influential NFL figures, according to ESPN. Snyder, who has long been a friend and supporter of Snyder, allegedly “had dirt” on Jerry Jones, according to one owner. Any suggestions that Snyder hired private investigation firms are “categorically incorrect,” a Commanders official told ESPN.
Back in May, it was indicated that NFL owners would take action to remove Snyder. They could either force him to sell or have 24 out of the 32 owners vote to have him ousted. At the time, it didn’t seem like there was much support for that, but a more recent argument suggested Snyder is losing support from his peers.
Several investigations, notably the one into the team’s alleged workplace wrongdoing, have focused on Snyder and the Commanders. That probe turned up the infamous emails that prompted Jon Gruden to step down as the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. Snyder may have released those emails as a message to the rest of the NFL, according to one theory.
Additionally, claims of financial wrongdoing against Snyder led to a congressional investigation. The organisation has vigorously refuted the allegations.
Daniel Snyder purportedly delivered a strong warning to the rest of the NFL, according to Larry Brown Sports.