Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder has distanced himself from his team, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said this week from the league’s annual meetings. Snyder, whose 20-plus year run as Washington’s owner can best be described as tumultuous, ceded day-to-day operations to his wife, Tanya, after he was fined $10 million by the NFL last summer following the league’s investigation into the team’s workplace environment.
“Dan Snyder has not been involved in day-to-day operations,” Goodell said, via Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post. “Don’t believe he’s been at the facility at all, and when we continue to have league matters, Tanya has represented the team as CEO both on a day-to-day basis, but also here with the league. She represented the club here [at the league meetings] and that will continue for at least the foreseeable future, but Dan and I will talk about that at some point.”
While Snyder has distanced himself from the franchise, he continues to be in the news for the wrong reasons. In February, Snyder faced new allegations after six former employees came forward alleging inappropriate behavior by Snyder as part of a U.S. House of Representatives’ Oversight Committee discussion. Among the allegations from the discussion was a former employee stating that she was inappropriately touched by Snyder, who issued a statement following his recent harassment claims.
Despite these allegations, Snyder continues to own the Commanders, who, along with having a previously toxic workplace environment, have largely failed produce a winning product on the field for the majority of Snyder’s ownership. Washington coach Ron Rivera, who in 2020 coached the franchise to its most recent playoff appearance, hopes that the team’s recent name change can help signal a new, positive chapter in the franchise’s history.
“We have a chance for a reboot,” Rivera said this week, via ESPN’s John Keim. “If we can stop having to every time be the focal point of football … I respect what happened over here and I understand how serious it is, but my job is about football and we’re trying to create a sustainable winning culture. We’re serious about it.”