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Look: Dan Snyder Sends Lengthy Letter To NFL Owners On Tuesday

Commanders owner Dan Snyder.

On the same day that another NFL owner stated publicly that Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder should sell his franchise for the first time, Snyder is fighting back.

According to several prominent NFL reporters, Snyder sent a letter to every other owner in the league on Tuesday, the first day of the league's annual fall owners' meetings.

In it, Snyder pushed back on several aspects of an ESPN report published last week that has put further heat on him.

Snyder took specific issue with ESPN's assertion that team president Jason Wright, a Black man, was a token hire who has no little independent authority. 

He pushed back even harder on the assertion that he has hired private investigators to dig up "dirt" on other NFL owners and commissioner Roger Goodell in order to blackmail them and keep his franchise.

"This is patently false and intended to erode the trust and goodwill between owners that I take quite seriously," Snyder wrote. "I have never hired any private investigator to look into any owner or the Commissioner. I have never instructed or authorized my lawyers to hire any private investigator on my behalf for any such purpose. And I never world."

The ESPN story, published last Thursday, is the latest controversy involving Snyder, who has been accused of sexual harassment and creating a toxic work environment in the past. 

The report led to longtime broadcaster Al Michaels positing on last week's Thursday Night Football matchup between the Commanders and the Chicago Bears that the NFL would like Snyder to sell the team. The comments of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay on Tuesday, in which Irsay said he believes there is merit to removing Snyder from his position, further supported Michaels' remark.

It would take 24 votes from other owners to force Snyder to sell the Commanders. Irsay said he believes there is enough support out there to make the move, but he doesn't expect it to happen this week.

Time will tell whether Snyder's letter can change any of those minds.