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Colts’ Jim Irsay Says “Washington Commanders’ Boss Dan Snyder Has Merit”

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay says Dan Snyder “deserves removal” as owner of the Washington Commanders, making him the first NFL owner to publicly state that his controversial counterpart should leave.

Snyder’s position has been widely debated for years among many scams and an investigation of workplace conduct in Washington. the league is done allegations of investigation An investigation by Attorney Mary Jo White, of sexual misconduct and financial impropriety, is ongoing.

Removing Snyder would be unprecedented and would require 24 votes from the other owners.

“It’s something that we have to review, we have to look at all the evidence and we have to look thoroughly and it’s something that has to be considered seriously,” Irsay said on Tuesday. “I believe in the workplace today, the standard that Shield stands for in the NFL, that you have to stand up for it and protect it. I think once the owners talk amongst each other they are right. Will arrive at a decision. Unfortunately, I believe we probably need to go down there and we need to complete the investigation, but it for me is seriously related to the things that happened there in the last 20 years.”

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Jim Irsay speaks at the 15th Annual HOPE Lunch Symposium in Honor of Michael Phelps at The Plaza on November 10, 2021 in New York City.

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The commanders issued a statement saying that Snyders would not sell the team.

“It is highly inappropriate, but not surprising, that Mr Erse chose to make a statement publicly based on lies in the media,” the statement said. “It is unfortunate that Mr. Irse decided to go public with his statement today, while an investigation is in process, and the team has had no opportunity to formally respond to the allegations. We are confident that, when he has the opportunity to see the actual evidence in the case, Mr. Irsay will conclude that Snyders has no reason to consider selling the franchise. And he will not. “

White has not informed the league of the timeline for submitting the report, although it is estimated that he is nearing the end of the investigation, a person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the investigation is open.

Snyder’s ownership of the Commanders became a major issue again last week when ESPN, citing anonymous sources, reported that it had hired private investigators and told PEOPLE that it had no money to expose fellow owners and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. There is enough information for

The commanders denied the contents of the report, calling it “clearly untrue” and “apparently part of a well-funded, two-year campaign to sell the team, which would be unsuccessful.”

Team co-CEO Tanya Snyder and Commanders President Jason Wright are representing the team at this week’s owners meetings in New York.

Snyder and the organization are also currently the subject of an ongoing investigation by the US House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Snyder has owned the team since 1999.

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