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Washington Commanders Criticized For 'Disgraceful Response' To D.C. AG

Washington Commanders helmets.

In what seems like a regular occurrence lately, Thursday has been a rough PR day for the Washington Commanders.

The biggest news around the NFL landscape has been that Washington D.C. District Attorney Karl Racine filed a civil lawsuit against the Commanders, owner Dan Snyder, the NFL and league commissioner Roger Goodell.

While being sued by the city that hosts your franchise is not exactly a great look, the Commanders appear to have dug their hole even deeper with a statement about Racine's lawsuit.

In an effort to get ahead of the suit, a Commanders spokesperson issued a statement condemning Racine's investigation as an effort to make "splashy headlines" and asserting that he should be more focused on addressing violence in the city, citing the robbery attempt on rookie running back Brian Robinson as an example. Robinson was shot twice in the leg in August.

The attempt to use Robinson's injuries to deflect from the investigation has NFL Twitter fired up. 

"What an absolutely disgraceful response by the Commanders organization," ESPN's Field Yates tweeted. "To bring the shooting of RB Brian Robinson in this to try and deflect attention from the issue is beyond cowardly. Shameful behavior."

"Up until an hour ago, the Commanders handled the Brian Robinson situation with so much care, sincerity and class," said Ryan Williams. "And I was so grateful for all of it. Although I know that there are some great humans in that building, whoever is hiding behind this statement is not one of them."

Last week, two teens were arrested for the shooting of Robinson, who miraculously missed just four games due to the injuries he sustained from the gunshots.

Racine's lawsuit, meanwhile, alleges that Snyder not only promoted a toxic workplace environment, but lied about his knowledge of it and interfered into the NFL's investigation into the franchise, which was led by Beth Wilkinson. It also claims that the NFL colluded with Snyder to deceive Washington D.C. residents about the independence of the investigation, having giving Snyder "a veto."

This is far from the first time Snyder has come under public fire. At the NFL's fall meetings last month, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay stated publicly that "there is merit to remove" Snyder as owner of the Commanders.

Snyder announced last week that he had hired Bank of America to explore team sales options, although it's still unknown whether he intends to sell his entire stake in the franchise or just a minority share.

Perhaps Thursday's outcry against him will push Snyder to wash his hands of the Commanders. Most around the NFL would likely be glad to see him go.