A massive lawsuit implicating Daniel Snyder, the Washington Commanders and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was filed this Thursday afternoon by Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine.
The complaint, announced by Racine in a number of twitter posts today, states that the Commanders, Roger Goodell, and the entire NFL "turned a blind eye" to Daniel Snyder's "extensive efforts to silence or intimidate witnesses" involved in an independent investigation exploring Washington's toxic workplace culture.
"BREAKING: My office is suing Commanders owner Dan Snyder, the Commanders, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and the NFL for colluding to deceive District residents—the heart of the Commanders’ fanbase—about an investigation into toxic workplace culture," Racine said Thursday.
While the full complaint can be read here, Racine says the lawsuit was filed because the team and league violated D.C. consumers' rights based on knowledge they had of the organization's workplace misconduct.
According to an ESPN article posted following Racine's announcement, a poster hung near the attorney general during his speech stated:
"Dan Snyder assured fans that he would fully cooperate with the investigation and the results could be trusted. That was a lie: He repeatedly attempted to interfere, and the fans could not trust results that were never made public. Because Snyder had a veto."
Snyder's ability to veto the investigation's results being made public, per Racine, was due to a "secret agreement" entered by the NFL and the Commanders which gave Snyder the power to silence any findings.
In a statement released by the Washington franchise Wednesday, the organization claimed that "the Commanders have fully cooperated with the AG's investigation for nearly a year," and "as recently as Monday, a lawyer for the team met with the AG who did not suggest at that time that he intended to take any action and, in fact, revealed fundamental misunderstandings of the underlying facts."
All eyes will continue to be on Snyder and the Commanders this week as Washington prepares for a matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.