Report: Commanders' Daniel Snyder 'Has No Restrictions' After Resuming Day-to-Day Job

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIApril 1, 2022

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2021, file photo, Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder walks on the field prior to an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Landover, Md. Twenty female former Washington Football Team employees are calling on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to release the final report of an independent investigation into the organization's conduct. The employees and their lawyers sent letters to Goodell on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, making the request. Snyder hired Beth Wilkinson to investigate in July after former employees made allegations of workplace sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File

Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder has reportedly resumed oversight of the team's day-to-day operations despite NFL commissioner Roger Goodell stating otherwise.

Matthew Paras of the Washington Times reported the following on Friday:

"The owner, according to a highly-placed source familiar with the team's situation, has resumed his day-to-day role with the Commanders.
"The source, who spoke to The Washington Times on the condition of anonymity in order to speak freely, said Snyder has no restrictions on what he can and can’t do in overseeing the franchise, reiterating the owner has worked on day-to-day matters. For instance, Snyder was 'heavily involved' when the team discussed acquiring quarterback Carson Wentz—something coach Ron Rivera even alluded to after the trade was finalized."

That would seemingly contradict Goodell's remarks to reporters from earlier this week (h/t Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk):

"Dan Snyder has not been involved in day-to-day operations. Don't believe he's been in the facility at all, and when we continue to have league matters, Tanya has represented the team as the CEO both on a day-to-day basis, but also here and that will continue for at least the foreseeable future, but Dan and I will talk about that at some point."

An NFL investigation into allegations of a toxic work environment led to a series of punishments and changes last summer for Washington.

Of note, Daniel Snyder's wife, Tanya, would "assume responsibilities for all day-to-day team operations and represent the club at all league meetings and other league activities for at least the next several months," per an NFL press release last July (h/t Mike Rosenstein of NJ Advance Media). Tanya Snyder is the co-CEO of the team.

The press release also stated that Dan Snyder would "concentrate on a new stadium plan and other matters."

The NFL's investigation, which was led by independent counsel Beth Wilkinson, included these remarks in the release:

"Based on Wilkinson's review, the Commissioner concluded that for many years the workplace environment at the Washington Football Team, both generally and particularly for women, was highly unprofessional. Bullying and intimidation frequently took place and many described the culture as one of fear, and numerous female employees reported having experienced sexual harassment and a general lack of respect in the workplace.
"Ownership and senior management paid little or no attention to these issues. In some instances, senior executives engaged in inappropriate conduct themselves, including use of demeaning language and public embarrassment."

Allegations of a toxic workplace environment originated following a 2020 Washington Post report from Liz Clarke and Will Hobson in which at least a dozen female employees alleged sexual harassment and verbal abuse.

The Washington Times report dropped as the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which is already conducting its own investigation into allegations of sexual harassment in the football team's workplace, is now looking into alleged financial impropriety from the team, per Clarke, Paul Kane and Mark Maske of the Washington Post.

A.J. Perez of Front Office Sports provided more information:

"At least one person familiar with the team’s financial health was already interviewed by committee investigators, who are now exploring whether the Commanders used 'two books' of financial information that paint different pictures of the team’s money situation, sources with knowledge of the investigation told Front Office Sports."

Snyder, 57, has been the team's owner since May 1999.