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Roger Goodell Reacts To What Jim Irsay Said About Dan Snyder

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay sent shockwaves around the NFL when he became the first owner to publicly call for Dan Snyder to sell the Washington Commanders.

It appears the league's commissioner doesn't exactly have Irsay's back.

Speaking to reporters at the annual fall owners' meeting in New York, Roger Goodell was asked about Irsay's statement that "there is merit" to forcing Snyder out of his position as the Commanders' owner. 

According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, Goodell cautioned that no conclusions should be arrived at until the league completes its ongoing investigation into Snyder.

"Roger Goodell on Jim Irsay's comments about removing Dan Snyder as #Commanders owner: Says the investigation is ongoing, will share final report publicly, told membership: 'Speculation without facts is not a very positive thing to do.' No timeline for Mary Jo White to finish." -- Tom Pelissero

Mary Jo White, a former chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, has been leading an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and creating a toxic work environment against Snyder since February. Goodell did not provide a timeline for how long that investigation will last.

Tension around Snyder that has long been bubbling came to a head last week. ESPN released a report that Snyder has been digging up "dirt" on fellow owners as well as Goodell in an effort to blackmail them into letting him remain in charge of the Commanders. Snyder sent a letter to the other owners Tuesday denying that.

There was some speculation, fueled by a comment made by legendary broadcaster Al Michaels on last week's Thursday Night Football broadcast, that the other owners could act to force Snyder to sell as soon as this week. 

But it appears we will have to wait until the conclusion of the league's investigation, at a minimum, to see how this drama plays out.