Dan Snyder accused of sexual assault in 2009 – letter details accusation

NFL Snyder accused of sexual assault in 2009
FILE – Dan Snyder, co-owner and co-CEO of the Washington Commanders, poses for photos during an event to unveil the NFL football team’s new identity, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, in Landover, Md. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the Washington Commanders have bought land in Virginia for what could be a potential site of the NFL team’s next stadium. The 200 acres of land purchased for approximately $100 million is in Woodbridge roughly 25 miles outside the District of Columbia. The Commanders’ lease at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, expires in 2027. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Dan Snyder and the Washington Commanders are under federal investigation due to potential financial issues, and sexual misconduct centering around former employees. 

The NFL is also in the middle of their own independent investigation of the team. 

Now, a new report has come forward accusing the Commanders owner himself. 

In a letter obtained by the Washington Post, details of sexual assault allegations were made against Dan Snyder in 2009. 

The letter was reportedly obtained by an attorney working for the team. A woman accused Snyder of sexually harassing and assaulting her on a team plane in 2009, and she was later paid $1.6 million by the team to settle.

According to the letter, the woman accused Snyder of asking her for sex, groping her and trying to take off her clothes in a private, partitioned area at the back of a team plane during a return flight from a trip to Las Vegas.

The settlement was revealed in legal findings during the Commanders previous investigation into workplace misconduct and financial improprieties. 

It is an important day for the Commanders with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell set to testify to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Snyder has declined to testify. 

The league fined the Commanders $10 million and Snyder stepped away from its day-to-day operations after an investigation by attorney Beth Wilkinson revealed an abusive workplace culture. The NFL did not release a written report of their original investigation. 

Another Snyder Accusation

The latest accusation against Snyder is just the latest news to drop on the Commanders this morning.  U.S. House Oversight Committee released a 29-page memo that found that Snyder had fostered a toxic work culture within his organization and worked closely with the NFL to monitor and, ultimately, bury the findings from an official internal investigation.

Much of the latest accusations from the House Oversight Committee detailed that Washington’s owner was looking to accuse former team president Bruce Allen and other employees for the toxic workplace culture. 

It’s not the first and only piece of controversial news going on in Washington either. The Commanders were in the news just last week after defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio was fined for inappropriate comments surrounding the January 6th committee. 

Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio is seen during an NFL football practice at Inova Sports Performance Center in Ashburn, Va., Wednesday, June 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

Today though, all eyes will be on Goodell and the committee as the findings of the latest investigation become public. 

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