Chairs Maloney and Krishnamoorthi Issue Statements on Dan Snyder Seeking to Control New Investigation into Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Him
Washington, D.C. (February 9, 2022)—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, released the following statements in response to new reporting that Washington Commanders’ owner Dan Snyder has retained a consulting firm to conduct an independent investigation into sexual harassment allegations made by former Commanders’ employee Tiffani Johnston against Snyder during a roundtable held by the Committee on February 3, 2022, and the NFL’s assertion that the League, not the team, will investigate these allegations.
“The American people have seen this act before,” said Chairwoman Maloney. “Dan Snyder cannot be trusted to lead an investigation into the serious allegations against him that emerged at the Committee’s roundtable, and the NFL must commit not just to investigate, but to do so with complete transparency. Mr. Snyder and the NFL have demonstrated time and time again that they cannot be trusted to do the right thing. Mr. Snyder and the NFL must stop hiding the findings from the Wilkinson investigation, comply with the Oversight Committee’s requests, and commit that new allegations will not be swept under the rug.”
“In any other organization, an independent investigation would be a welcome step. In the case of Mr. Snyder’s Commanders, it is a road to nowhere,” said Chairman Krishnamoorthi. “During the Committee’s roundtable, we heard firsthand how Mr. Snyder not only condoned and encouraged the team’s culture of sexual harassment and other misconduct, he personally engaged in unwelcome sexual contact with a subordinate. The idea that this ‘independent’ investigation is anything more than an attempt to further cover up his bad behavior and intimidate the victims who bravely shared their stories is absurd. Mr. Snyder must be held accountable for his actions and the Committee will continue to push the NFL to release the findings of its investigation into the Washington Commanders.”
On February 3, 2022, several former Washington Commanders’ employees detailed a culture of sexual harassment, verbal abuse, and other misconduct within the team during a roundtable held by the Committee. Tiffani Johnston, a former marketing and events coordinator, marketing manager, and cheerleader, shared her personal experience of sexual harassment, including one instance in which Dan Snyder put an “unwanted hand” on her thigh at a dinner with colleagues and “aggressively pushed” her towards his limo while senior team officials watched.
On February 4, 2022, the Committee sent a letter to National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell demanding the League release the findings of an internal investigation into the Washington Commanders’ toxic workplace culture, after documents obtained by the Committee raised newfound concerns over the independence of that investigation.
The Chairs launched their investigation into the Commander’s workplace culture in October 2021 with a letter to Goodell requesting documents and information about how the NFL responded when it uncovered issues of harassment and discrimination within the Commanders organization.