NEW YORK — For the first time, NFL owners have publicly called for serious consideration of removing Washington’s Dan Snyder from NFL ownership.
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Ilsay gave a bombshell interview Tuesday at the fall meeting and called Snyder’s mistakes as an owner, especially regarding workplace misconduct, “severely disturbing.” worry”.
“I believe in him as [Commanders]Ilsai said in the lobby of the Conrad Hotel in downtown New York. “There are people who think he should be removed.
Ilsay said Mary Jo White’s investigation into Washington’s alleged years of workplace misconduct and financial misconduct under Snyder was the root of the problem, stressing that the league “may” get a majority vote of bosses to overthrow Snyder. White is the former district attorney investigating the matter on behalf of the NFL.
The league asked 24 of the 32 owners to approve such a vote, which has never been done at the NFL level.
Ilsay said there will be no vote at Tuesday’s meeting and owners need to learn more about the investigation.
A recent ESPN investigation detailed the matter while depicting Snyder’s shrewd scheme against other owners, using private investigators to get “dirt” from their pasts.
“Some of the things I’ve heard don’t represent us at all,” Irsay said. “I want the American public to know our purpose as owners…you can’t get away from the fact that I believe we are watching and dealing with it.”
The winter meeting is likely to have a vote as soon as possible, Irsay said, noting that owners must receive a comprehensive and detailed status report.
“That’s not what we stand for in the NFL,” he said. “I think the owners have been drawn wrong many times by different people and different situations. That’s not what we want.”
A spokesman for the commander called Ilsay’s comments “inappropriate” and said the current findings would give Ilsay a better view of Snyder.
“It is highly inappropriate, but not surprising, that Mr. Irsay chooses to make a public statement based on lies in the media,” the commander’s spokesman said in a statement. “It is regrettable that Mr. Irsay has decided to make his statement public today, while The investigation is ongoing and the team has not yet had the opportunity to formally respond to the allegations. The commander has made remarkable progress over the past two years. We’re confident that when he has a chance to see actual evidence in this case, Mr. Irsey will come to a conclusion , the Snyders have no reason to consider selling the franchise. They won’t. “
Ilsay said Snyder’s problems have a “long, long history” with allegations of workplace misconduct spanning more than a decade. In July, Snyder began to testify before a congressional committee investigating the franchise’s history. The hearing was not made public.
White’s investigation into the workplace and financial allegations is ongoing. Ilsay said league owners should have “a more thorough and clear update.”
While Irsay wasn’t sure Snyder could be persuaded to sell the team, he said the owner had “complete authority” to remove him from his seat.
“This is before us and we have to act,” Ilsay said. “Protect and be the role model we want to be.”
Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke to the media at the end of Tuesday’s meeting and was asked about the ongoing Snyder investigation.
“Speculation without facts is not a very positive thing,” Goodell said.
Asked if he was surprised by Irsay’s public remarks, Goodell added: “No.”