The attorney general for the District of Columbia says his office is filing a civil consumer protection lawsuit against Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder, the team, and the NFL.
D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine accused the Commanders and the league of colluding to deceive D.C. residents about their investigation into a toxic workplace culture that impacted employees, especially women, to protect their profits and their image.
On Wednesday, a Commander’s spokesperson spoke on Racine’s final days in office, saying he seems “more interested in making splashy headlines, based on offbeat legal theories, rather than doing the hard work of making the streets safe for our citizens, including bringing to justice the people who shot one of our players.”
On the other hand, Ryan Williams, Brian Robinson Jr.’s agent, took exception to the team using Robinson’s shooting in their statement. He tweeted: “Up until an hour ago, the Commanders handled the Brian Robinson situation with so much care, sincerity and class. And I was so grateful for all of it. Although I know that there are some great humans in that building, whoever is hiding behind this statement is not one of them.”
The same day, Commanders President Jason Wright issued a statement condemning the earlier remarks given by the team, claiming they were written by “external counsel.”
“I just spoke with Chief [Robert] Contee, conveying how much we support the work of MPD, as well as public safety leaders and elected officials working to reduce gun violence across the region. The earlier statement expressed our external counsel’s ongoing frustration with the Attorney General’s office, as they have been nothing but earnest and transparent in their communications with his team. The lawyers’ legitimate frustrations with the AG should have been separate and apart from referencing the terrible crime that affected our player.”
Earlier this month, Commanders Owner Dan Snyder hired Bank of America to explore “potential transactions.” Last month, ESPN released a report saying Snyder threatened to leak “dirt” on other owners and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Snyder is also the subject of several inquiries by Congress, the NFL, by the attorney general of D.C. that cover allegations of sexual misconduct and investigations into workplace conduct.
In July, Snyder testified before a congressional committee investigating the NFL team’s history of workplace misconduct.
The committee is looking into allegations of a toxic work environment at the Washington Commanders over the last two decades and “efforts to silence victims and witnesses of this misconduct.”