Two major reports in the past few weeks have stated that several NFL team owners are willing to oust Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder from the ownership ranks. At the league’s fall meeting on Tuesday, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay became the first team owner to call for Snyder’s removal.
“I believe there is merit in removing him as the owner of the [Commanders]“Irsay told reporters, per Nicki Jhabvala from the Washington Post. “I think it’s something we need to revisit. We need to look at all the evidence and be thorough going forward. But I think it’s something that needs to be seriously considered.
Irsay added that it is “seriously concerning” the many alleged cases that have occurred over the past 20 years involving Snyder.
Snyder has been the subject of multiple investigations since the summer of 2020. The NFL launched its first of two toxic culture and team misconduct investigations in July 2020.
The investigation followed a Washington Post report of more than a dozen allegations by former team employees against Snyder and the team. These findings and earnings management prompted the US House Oversight Committee to launch an investigation earlier this year.
During the congressional investigation, two former employees made allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct towards Snyder. These allegations prompted the NFL to launch a second investigation into Snyder and his team. This investigation, to which Irsay referred, is ongoing and led by attorney Mary Jo White.
Snyder also faced allegations of financial impropriety, including withholding supposed revenue from shared NFL tickets. On Monday, The Washington Post reported that the DC Attorney General’s office plans to take action against Snyder following its investigation into the landlord this year.
Last month, the Post reported a “significant shift” among team owners regarding Snyder’s ousting from the league. Last week, ESPN reported that Snyder told associates he had “enough dirt” on several owners, league executives and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell who could “blow up” the league if the owners came after his property from the commanders.
“I don’t care,” Irsay proclaimed. “You know, you can investigate me until the cows come home. It’s not going to make me back down. For me, I just ignored it. It’s irrelevant to me. So I don’t know any of that. I’m just focusing on the issue of what happened in Washington, and to me that’s very concerning.
Irsay said the owners would wait for the results of the NFL’s latest investigation. The NFL would need 24 of 31 owners to vote against Snyder.
When asked if there would be enough votes to remove Snyder?
“I think there will potentially be,” Irsay replied. “But, we’ll see.”