Commanders sued again by D.C. AG, this time for allegedly cheating season ticket holders out of deposits
The Washington Commanders have almost certainly set an NFL record by being sued by the Washington, D.C. attorney general for the second time in seven days. AG Karl A. Racine announced on Thursday that his office is suing the Commanders for allegedly enacting a scheme to cheat DC season ticket holders out of their deposits. Today, we are filing a new lawsuit against the Commanders—this time for cheating District season ticket holders out of their deposits. Commanders executives seem determined to lie, cheat, and steal from DC residents in as many ways as possible. How the investigation beganThat investigation into the Commanders' workplace misconduct is actually what the first lawsuit is about.wftv.com
Commanders sued by DC for cheating fans out of ticket money
The Washington Commanders have been sued again by the District of Columbia, this time accused of scheming to cheat fans out of ticket money. D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine on Thursday announced the filing of a lawsuit in civil court against the NFL team for the team's actions in taking season-ticket holder money and keeping it for its own purposes. The latest lawsuit comes on the heels of the ranking Republican on the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform saying its investigation will end early next year. Comer vowed over the summer to bring it to a halt if Republicans won House control from midterm elections, as expected. Dan and wife Tanya recently hired a firm to explore possible transactions, which could include selling part or all of the team Snyder has owned since 1999.wftv.com
Goodell: More NFL games likely for Germany, possibly soon
MUNICH — (AP) — The NFL plans to play more regular-season games in Germany, possibly sooner than expected. League commissioner Roger Goodell told a fan forum in Munich on Saturday that the NFL will stage “at least” four games in Germany through 2025. The current agreement includes Sunday's first game in Germany plus an annual game over the next three seasons — with Munich and Frankfurt each hosting twice. Germany has become the NFL's top market in Europe and Munich has been buzzing all week about Sunday's game, headlined by seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady. Besides Munich and Frankfurt, Düsseldorf had reached the short list from eight German cities that initially bid to host games.wftv.com
Washington, D.C. lawsuit alleges Commanders and NFL deceived fans about investigation
A lawsuit filed by Washington, D.C.’s attorney general alleges the Commanders, owner Dan Snyder, the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell colluded to deceive the team’s fanbase about an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and a hostile work environment.news.yahoo.com
Snyder, Commanders, NFL, Goodell sued by DC attorney general
The individual club and the league as a whole were also named in the consumer protection civil lawsuit, which D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine said was based on his office's investigation that began in the fall of 2021. His office seeks a court order that will force the league to release Wilkinson's findings. “We reject the legally unsound and factually baseless allegations made today by the D.C. Attorney General against the NFL and Commissioner Goodell and will vigorously defend against those claims,” McCarthy wrote in an email. Goodell has said there is no timetable for when former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White's review on behalf of the league will be completed. Racine said the D.C. attorney general's office will issue subpoenas and seek testimony under oath.wftv.com
DC AG files civil suit vs. Commanders, Snyder, NFL, Goodell
Attorney General Karl Racine announced the civil complaint at a news conference, saying Snyder, Goodell, the team and league “misled the public." Racine said the team and league violated D.C. consumers’ rights based on what they knew about the organization’s workplace misconduct, alleging Snyder lied about his knowledge of the situation. Racine said Snyder is still a defendant, even if he sells the team, because he owned it at the time of the workplace misconduct. Racine said the lawsuit is happening in civil court because his office does not have criminal jurisdiction on the matter. This is the most significant day of the past 2½ years for me.”___AP NFL: https://apnews.com/hub/nfl and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Snyder’s status, Watson’s ban, Flores’ lawsuit hang over NFL
There are multiple ongoing investigations of Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder, including one by the District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine, who filed a civil consumer protection lawsuit Thursday against the team, Snyder, the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell. And there is the pending racial discrimination lawsuit brought by Pittsburgh Steelers assistant Brian Flores. Steve Wilks, recently promoted to interim coach of the Carolina Panthers, and former NFL assistant Ray Horton became co-plaintiffs in April. ___AP Sports Writers Will Graves in Pittsburgh, Stephen Whyno in Washington and Tom Withers in Cleveland contributed to this report. ___Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HowardFendrich___AP NFL: https://apnews.com/hub/nfl and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
DC AG filing civil suit vs. Commanders, Snyder, NFL, Goodell
WASHINGTON — (AP) — The attorney general for the District of Columbia says his office is filing a civil consumer protection lawsuit against the Washington Commanders, owner Dan Snyder, the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell. Attorney General Karl Racine announced the civil complaint at a news conference Thursday, saying Snyder, Goodell, the team and league colluded to deceive D.C. residents about an investigation into the organization's workplace culture. “They did all of this to hide the truth, protect their images and let the profits continue to roll." Racine said the team and league violated D.C. consumers’ rights based on what they knew about the organization’s workplace misconduct, alleging Snyder lied about his knowledge of the situation. The final poster read: "Fans' outrage intensified when it became clear that Snyder lied to them: There would be no transparency and no reckoning.wftv.com
Commanders, Dan Snyder, NFL and Roger Goodell all being sued by D.C. AG for 'colluding to deceive' fans
District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine filed a consumer protection lawsuit against the Washington Commanders, the NFL, Daniel Snyder, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for their roles in covering up the workplace and sexual misconduct allegations against the organization. Racine claims in the lawsuit that Snyder not only lied about the hostile work environment issues but that he participated in it as well. — AG Karl A. Racine (@AGKarlRacine) November 10, 2022The lawsuit claims Snyder, Goodell, the Commanders and the NFL violated the District of Columbia's Consumer Protection Procedures Act, which "prohibits a wide variety of deceptive and unconscionable business practices," according to the attorney general's office website. In the case of the Commanders, Racine noted “public misrepresentations, omissions, and ambiguities of material fact" around how the organization and the NFL investigated claims of misconduct. The attorney general's office seeks “financial penalties under the CPPA for every incident in which the Commanders, Mr. Snyder, the NFL, and Commissioner Goodell lied to District residents dating back to July 2020."wftv.com
Commanders owner Dan Snyder 'exploring all options' in possible sale of team
The Washington Commanders announced on Wednesday that owners Dan and Tanya Snyder have hired Bank of America Securities to "consider potential transactions" regarding the team. Statement from the Commanders says they're considering "potential transactions" pic.twitter.com/2kzruHjw3I — Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) November 2, 2022Does this mean the Snyders are actually going to sell the team? When asked for clarification on whether the Snyders intend to sell the entire team or a minority interest, a Commanders spokesperson said: "We are exploring all options. Yet until a few weeks ago, at the NFL owners meetings, not one executive had spoken out about him. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay became the first owner to speak out against Snyder and publicly support his removal.wftv.com
Cowboys' Jerry Jones all but confirms he told Patriots' Robert Kraft 'don't f*** with me'
FRISCO, Texas — Jerry Jones didn't repeat his colorful words for confirmation. The Dallas Cowboys team owner also didn’t dispute the leaked report of his word choice during the NFL’s owners-only session Tuesday evening in New York City. ESPN's Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta had reported that Jones told Patriots team owner Robert Kraft "don't f*** with me" during a conversation about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's contract and compensation. "You express yourself with people you know and people you're around a lot … in different ways," Jones said on Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan. He said he was not opposed to an extension for Goodell, whose current five-year contract is worth roughly $200 million and runs through 2024, per The New York Times.wftv.com
Jim Irsay, Dan Snyder, Jerry Jones & Robert Kraft's war of words, Brady skips town, Rodgers wants simplification & CMC's trade value
Such was the case on Tuesday as multiple NFL owner feuds spilled out and generated some spicy headlines. First, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay spoke out against Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder, insisting that, "there [is] merit to removing [Snyder]." Next, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reportedly lashed out at New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, insisting, "don't f**k with me," over a potential extension for commissioner Roger Goodell. All profits directly fund the Terez A. Paylor scholarship at Howard University. Under "Designation," click on "Other" and write in "Terez A. Paylor Scholarship."wftv.com
Jerry Jones tells Robert Kraft 'don't f*** with me' in tense NFL owners meeting, per report
There is never a dull moment when you assemble the NFL's 32 owners In the same room, especially when one of those billionaires is Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. The owners had been preparing to vote over whether to permit their compensation committee to open negotiations on a new contract for Goodell. Jones was reportedly alone in opposing the measure, leading him to curse out Kraft:The sources said Kraft joined the overwhelming majority in strong support for the measure, with Jones the lone dissenter in the owners-only session, eventually telling Kraft, "Don't f— with me." The source added that, in the past, Jones has thought Goodell's financial targets were too "vague." The Cowboys and Commanders might be rivals, but their owners certainly seem to agree on the message of "don't f*** with me."wftv.com
Goodell: Suspended QB Watson meeting settlement requirements
CLEVELAND — (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said suspended Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has met the requirements of his settlement with the league to this point after being accused of sexual misconduct by two dozen women. Watson agreed to pay a $5 million fine and undergo mandatory counseling and treatment before he could apply for reinstatement. The three-time Pro Bowler returned to Cleveland's facility last week, but can't practice with the Browns (2-4) until Nov. 14. At the owner's meetings in New York on Tuesday, Goodell said he was satisfied Watson was abiding by the agreement. During his suspension, Watson has been training with a private quarterback coach in suburban Cleveland.wftv.com
The quiet part is getting loud: Dan Snyder's NFL billionaires club wants him out. Forever.
For months across NFL ownership suites, a straw-polling of sorts had been under way concerning the embattled Washington Commanders leader. A messy workplace investigation into Snyder and his franchise had embarrassed the league and put seemingly everyone under a microscope. "Daniel Snyder's issues force other NFL owners to mull drastic options: 'We are counting votes'". “I think everybody’s getting tired of it.”Finally, it seemed Snyder might have worn out his welcome in the billionaire club. That's an important assertion: Someone (or many someones) with deep pockets is trying to spike Dan Snyder out of the league.wftv.com
Commanders Owner claims to have 'dirt' that could 'blow up' the NFL, still might not protect him
Secrets and tensions across league owners could potentially keep Synder at large, or at least allow him to bring the house down with him. According to the report, a Commanders spokesperson and outside lawyers denied that Snyder has hired or authorized private investigators to track anyone. Losing alliesAccording to the report, Snyder has visited owners across the league to shore up support. It doesn’t help that Snyder has reportedly also "badmouthed" Jones, telling an owner recently, "he's only out to get in your pocket. Now the relationship has reportedly soured, and Snyder seems to be using his aforementioned “dirt” to bring Jones down as well.wftv.com
AP sources: No plan to vote on Commanders owner Dan Snyder
There is no plan to vote on Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder's status at next week's owners meetings in New York, according to three people with knowledge of the agenda. Snyder's ownership of the team has been widely debated for years amid several scandals and investigations into workplace conduct in Washington. ESPN reported, citing anonymous sources, Snyder has hired private investigators and told people he has enough information to expose fellow owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell. The lack of a written report prompted Congress to investigate, and officials invited Snyder and Goodell to testify. “The Committee’s investigation also sheds light on the extent of Mr. Snyder’s role in creating and fostering the Commanders’ toxic workplace,” the memo said.wftv.com
Review: Dolphins followed protocol with Tagovailoa’s injury
The NFL and NFL Players Association have agreed to make changes to the league’s concussion protocol following a joint investigation into the procedures after Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered what was described as a back injury against the Buffalo Bills last month.
Goodell: NFL to make 'change or two' to concussion protocol
LONDON — (AP) — The NFL is prepared "to make a change or two" to its concussion protocol, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said at a fan forum in London on Saturday as the league faces questions about how the Miami Dolphins handled quarterback Tua Tagovailoa's recent injuries. The league did not elaborate on what the potential protocol changes are or when they could come into effect. Earlier this week, the NFL Players Association fired the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant who evaluated Tagovailoa after he stumbled off the field against Buffalo on Sept. 25 following a hit. On Friday, the NFL Players Association urged the league to implement changes in time to protect players in this weekend's games. NFL players “are getting the most extraordinary care and better than they ever have in the history of the NFL, but they deserve that, and that’s our obligation, and that’s what we need to do," Goodell said.wftv.com
NFL's probe into Commanders, Dan Snyder still ongoing
The NFL’s investigation into Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder is still ongoing, and his status remains unchanged. When former employees of Washington’s NFL team first complained in 2020 about rampant sexual harassment by team executives, the team hired attorney Beth Wilkinson’s firm to investigate. The league took over that probe and Wilkinson reported her findings to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The NFL fined Snyder $10 million and he temporarily ceded day-to-day operations of the franchise to his wife, Tanya. The committee launched this investigation last year after the league did not release a written report of Wilkinson’s findings.wftv.com
Lawyers bash Goodell-led arbitration in NFL racial bias suit
NEW YORK — (AP) — Lawyers for three Black NFL coaches alleging racial bias by the league took aim directly at Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday in their latest arguments against arbitrating a dispute they say belongs before a jury. In June, lawyers for the NFL and six of its teams said arbitration was required because the coaches had agreed in their contracts to multiple arbitration provisions "that squarely cover their claims." They also said the coaches were required to go to arbitration individually rather than as a group. Lawyers for the league and its teams did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday from The Associated Press. That move made it more likely she'll rule on the arbitration issue within weeks rather than months.wftv.com
Single lawsuit last remaining legal issue for Deshaun Watson
Tony Buzbee, the attorney representing the 24 women who sued Watson, was upset by the NFL’s settlement. Earlier this month, Buzbee announced Watson had settled 23 of the 24 lawsuits against him. The settlement terms related to the lawsuits against Watson and the Texans were confidential. “Just because settlements and things like that happen does not mean that a person is guilty for anything," Watson said. Buzbee has said he would continue discussing the remaining lawsuit with Watson’s legal team.wftv.com
Notable suspensions under NFL’s personal conduct policy
Some notable player suspensions under the NFL’s personal conduct policy:2022 — Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson suspended 11 games and fined $5 million (accusations of sexual harassment and assault while playing for the Houston Texans). 2020 — Wide receiver Antonio Brown suspended eight games (multiple violations of personal conduct policy). Jones was suspended six games in 2008 and for one season in 2007 (multiple violations of personal conduct policy). 2014 — Defensive lineman Aldon Smith suspended nine games (violations of personal conduct policy and substance abuse policy). 2007 — Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry suspended eight games (multiple violations of personal conduct policy).wftv.com
Browns' Deshaun Watson suspended 11 games, fined $5 million
Watson signed a $230 million fully guaranteed contract after being traded to the Browns in March. As part of the settlement, Watson can return for the Browns’ game in Houston on Dec. 4. Watson apologized last week before the Browns' preseason opener for the first time since the allegations surfaced. Watson can practice until the suspension begins on Aug. 30, but coach Kevin Stefanski said he will not play in any preseason games. Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam, who have been widely criticized for trading for Watson, stood by the QB.wftv.com
NFL, Deshaun Watson agree to 11-game suspension after sexual harassment allegations
Deshaun Watson #4 of the Cleveland Browns takes off his helmet during Cleveland Browns training camp at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus on August 09, 2022 in Berea, Ohio. The NFL and NFL Players Association settled on an 11-game suspension for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, the league announced on Thursday. Watson initially received a six-game suspension, but, according to NBC Sports, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pushed for a full-season suspension and a $5 million fine because of Watson's "predatory behavior." Watson, who was traded to Cleveland in March, had 24 lawsuits filed against him from women alleging sexual harassment during massage treatments. I take accountability for the decisions I made," Watson said in a statement Thursday.cnbc.com
Roger Goodell: Deshaun Watson, engaged in 'multiple' incidents of 'egregious' and 'predatory' behavior
NFL SPECIAL LEAGUE MEETING BLOOMINGTON, MN - AUGUST 9: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell listens during an NFL special league meeting at the JW Marriot in Bloomington on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. She limited his ban to six games, writing that his "pattern of behavior was egregious" but "nonviolent sexual conduct." "Because we've seen the evidence," Goodell said of the reasoning for the appeal, per NFL Network. That there was multiple violations here, and they were egregious, and it was predatory behavior." While 24 women accused Watson of sexual misconduct or sexual assault in civil action, the NFL's hearing considered just four of the accusations.wftv.com
Goodell: NFL appeal of Watson suspension 'right thing to do'
BEREA, Ohio — (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he feels the league needed to keep pushing for a year-long suspension for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson because of his “egregious” and "predatory behavior" toward women. Speaking at the owners' meetings Tuesday in Bloomington, Minnesota, Goodell addressed the league's decision to appeal a six-game suspension given to Watson by Sue L. Robinson, a former federal judge appointed by the NFL and NFL Players Association as an independent league disciplinary officer. The league has been seeking an indefinite suspension and fine for Watson, and felt Robinson's six-game ban wasn't enough. “Either party could certainly challenge and appeal that and that was something that we felt was our right to do as well as NFLPA,” Goodell said. "So we decided it was the right thing to do.”Watson's fate now rests with Peter C. Harvey, a former New Jersey attorney general handpicked by Goodell to handle the appeal.wftv.com
Broncos sale to Walton group unanimously OKed by NFL owners
With an estimated worth of $60 billion, Walton — the eldest son of Walmart founder Sam Walton — becomes the wealthiest owner in the league. Walton's group paid the highest price in history for a sports franchise anywhere in the world. The Pat Bowlen Trust ran the franchise after Bowlen stepped back from day-to-day duties in 2014 because of Alzheimer’s disease. He died in 2019, one month before his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. ___AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton contributed to this report.wftv.com
Union files brief replying to NFL’s appeal in Watson case
(AP Photo/Nick Cammett) (Nick Cammett)CANTON, Ohio — (AP) — The NFL Players Association has filed a brief replying to the league’s appeal in Deshaun Watson’s discipline case. The players’ union announced the reply brief shortly before Friday’s deadline but didn’t release its contents because it’s confidential. Harvey was selected by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday to hear the league's appeal of the six-game suspension given to Watson for violating the personal conduct policy. Under the collective bargaining agreement, the appeal gave Goodell authority to enact a punishment, which he previously did under the old CBA. ___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/hub/nfl and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Attorney urges Goodell to 'do the right thing' on Watson
The NFL is appealing a disciplinary officer's decision to suspend Watson for six games for violating the league's personal conduct policy. “Every victim of sexual assault is watching Roger Goodell and the NFL right now. It’s never too late to do the right thing," attorney Tony Buzbee, who represents the women who sued Watson over their allegations, said Thursday. The NFL's appeal of an independent disciplinary officer's decision gives Goodell or someone he designates the authority to increase Watson's penalty. On Thursday, Goodell named former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey as his designee to hear the appeal.wftv.com
Attorney urges Goodell to 'do the right thing' on Watson
A lawyer representing two dozen women who have accused Deshaun Watson of sexual assault or harassment says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has a chance to “do the right thing” now that the league has appealed a six-game suspension for the quarterback.
NFL appeals 6-game suspension for Browns' Deshaun Watson
A person familiar with the filing told The Associated Press that the NFL is seeking an indefinite suspension of at least one year plus a fine in appealing a disciplinary officer’s decision to suspend Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson for six games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
Snyder camp says he'll testify voluntary, not subpoenaed
The attorney for Dan Snyder told the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform there is no reason for the owner of the Washington Commanders to testify under subpoena for the congressional investigation into the NFL team’s workplace culture.
Commanders owner Dan Snyder, House committee at odds
Dan Snyder’s attorney told the Committee on Oversight and Reform the Washington Commanders’ owner is willing to testify by video conference regarding the investigation into the team’s workplace culture following accusations of pervasive sexual harassment by team executives of women employees.
AP Sources: NFL adamant on indefinite suspension for Watson
Deshaun Watson’s disciplinary hearing concluded Thursday with the NFL adamant about an indefinite suspension of at least one year and the quarterback’s legal team arguing there’s no basis for that punishment, two people with knowledge of the case told The Associated Press.
AP sources: NFL insists on indefinite suspension for Watson
The NFL insisted on an indefinite suspension while Deshaun Watson’s legal team argued there’s no basis for that punishment as both sides presented their cases in front of a retired judge in Delaware on Tuesday, two people in attendance told The Associated Press.