Washington’s leaders are subject to a criminal investigation into allegations of financial misconduct.
Wednesday, A special report from Forbes revealed That Dan and Tanya Snyder were looking to sell the Washington Commanders franchise, something fans have been calling for for years. Then the leaders confirmed the news in an official statement, saying they were working with Bank of America Securities. Hours after that announcement, a bombshell report fell.
ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr. reports that the Eastern District of Virginia is conducting a criminal investigation into the franchise of leaders implicated in alleged financial wrongdoing.
Sources told Van Natta that prosecutors focused on multiple areas and that “the investigation began with a letter sent by the House Oversight and Reform Committee to the FTC and several attorneys general in April alleging deceptive business practices.”
Commanders under criminal investigation for financial misconduct
Regarding the above letter from the House Committee to the Federal Trade Commission, it stated that it had found evidence that the organization withheld ticket revenue from visiting teams and refundable deposits from fans.
John Brownlee, the leaders’ attorney, responded to the ESPN report, calling the allegations “simply untrue.”
The leaders were implicated in several scandals, including a toxic workplace investigation that saw them receive a $10 million fine. The league is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct within the organization, led by Mary Jo White, But there is no set timetable for its completion.
Snyder has been in the news recently, with ESPN reporting that he says he has “filth” on owners and other commissioners Roger Goodell. Days later, Colts owner Jim Irsay said at an NFL owner meeting that there was an advantage to removing Snyder as owner in Washington.