Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder may have found a loophole in the investigation being conducted on his team by the United States Congress.
For full disclosure, the House is probing the alleged unfavorable workplace culture within the Commanders’ organization.
They have discovered incidents wherein female employees with extra-marital affairs with their co-workers were fired while their male counterparts held onto their jobs.
There’s also an incident wherein Snyder allegedly told a female employee to just stay away from the member of the coaching staff who harassed her.
Finally, the Commanders fostered the atmosphere of having affairs and those who spoke against it were fired.
As part of the ongoing investigation, the House Oversight Committee said they would issue a subpoena to Snyder.
However, Snyder has chosen to ignore it, until now.
UPDATE: Snyder’s attorney wrote that Snyder would voluntarily testify, which is an important distinction from being subpoenaed, according to Dave Rapallo, Georgetown Univ's Federal Legislation Clinic director & a former Democratic staff director of the Oversight Committee (1/4) https://t.co/xkWsrnbkKP
— Tisha Thompson (@TishaESPN) July 7, 2022
ESPN’s Tisha Thompson tweeted, “Snyder’s attorney wrote that Snyder would voluntarily testify, which is an important distinction from being subpoenaed, according to Dave Rapallo, Georgetown Univ’s Federal Legislation Clinic director & a former Democratic staff director of the Oversight Committee.”
She quoted John Keim who said that Snyder’s attorney offers two dates in late July for his testimony.
Snyder Will Have It Easy
Unfortunately, there’s a huge technicality between being under subpoena and voluntarily testifying.
Anyone who gets a subpoena must answer all the questions thrown at him.
In contrast, those who will voluntarily testify can choose which inquiries to answer.
Likewise, employees who participated in the NFL’s investigation regarding Washington’s workplace culture signed non-disclosure agreements.
Therefore, Snyder can reason to the House that he couldn’t answer that question because of the NDA.
It’s an intricate loophole that he will exploit to avoid being implicated.
That way, he fulfilled his obligation to appear but without divulging additional information.