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Al Michaels Has Stunning Comment On Dan Snyder During TNF Broadcast

Al Michaels

Tension surrounding Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder continues to bubble over this week.

Legendary broadcaster Al Michaels just turned up the heat a little more.

While calling the Thursday Night Football matchup between the Commanders and Chicago Bears, Michaels said that the NFL would "love" if Snyder sells his franchise.

Michaels' comment comes on the same day that ESPN released a bombshell report that claimed Snyder defied the NFL's orders that he relinquish day-to-day control of the Commanders and that "many owners and league executives" would like to see Snyder removed. 

In fact, longtime NFL reporter Albert Breer believes Michaels' remark was calculated.

 "Al Michaels saying on a national game broadcast that he thinks the league wants Dan Snyder to sell the Commanders is worth paying attention to." -- Albert Breer

Snyder has been accused of sexual harassment and creating a toxic culture within the Commanders organization in recent years. In July of 2021, he was fined $10 million by the NFL and made to cede control of the team to his wife, Tanya.

The next step in this saga could unfold as soon as Tuesday, when the NFL holds a league meeting in New York, per ESPN. 

The league could, in theory, attempt to force Snyder out of his position, but it would likely get messy. Michaels' comment about the league preferring he arrive at the decision to sell the team himself, therefore, makes sense.

But that doesn't mean it's likely. "We’ve still got a long way to go," Michaels noted, "and Dan is very well-known for digging his heels into the ground.”

“What the league would love is for Snyder to sell the team," Michaels said. "Not have to go to a vote, but just sell the team. Because it’s become a major problem around the league, obviously. And we’ll see what happens. We’ve still got a long way to go, and Dan is very well-known for digging his heels into the ground.”

Michaels' comment could wind up being the most momentous thing to happen during Thursday night's 12-7 win for the Commanders. The Snyder drama should continue to be a prominent storyline in the NFL in the coming days and weeks.