Cowboys’ Jerry Jones Endorses Release of NFL Investigation of Dan Snyder, Commanders

Cowboys’ Jerry Jones Endorses Release of NFL Investigation of Dan Snyder, Commanders
Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTTwitter LogoFeatured Columnist IVMarch 29, 2023

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder talks with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, right, before an NFL football game between the Redskins and the Cowboys in Landover, Md., Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

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In February 2022, the NFL hired the former chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Mary Jo White, to investigate Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder after a new series of sexual harassment accusations were levied against him.

On Tuesday, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters he wants the league to report the eventual findings of that investigation, regardless of whether Snyder is still even Washington’s owner at that point, because he knew its contents:

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Why? “Because I know everything in the report”

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about those comments later on Tuesday during a press conference and pushed back against Jones’ assertion that he knew the contents of the report.

“Well, that would be impossible,” he said. “The only person I know that knows anything about the investigation is Mary Jo White and her counterparts. I don’t know any of those things. Mary Jo White is a professional, she’s incredibly thorough and not giving access to anybody. So I’m comfortable in that point.”

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Roger Goodell’s response: “Well that would be impossible.”

Goodell also said both the sale of the Commanders and White’s investigation are ongoing.

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Roger Goodell said they received briefings on both the Commanders sale process and the Mary Jo White investigation. Both are in progress, and he reiterated that a report will be released when White’s investigation into Daniel Snyder and the team concludes.

The NFL previously fined Snyder and the Commanders $10 million after Beth Wilkinson’s investigation into the organization found a toxic workplace culture that downplayed and ignored sexual misconduct.

But new accusations made by former Washington employee Tiffani Johnston in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform—Johnston hadn’t participated in the original investigation—led to the NFL opening a new inquiry into Snyder.

Johnston, who was Washington’s marketing and events coordinator, said Snyder placed his hand on her thigh during a work dinner and then attempted to guide her toward his limo after the event.

The findings of the NFL’s original investigation into Snyder and the Commanders were never made public. No firm date has been publicly provided for when White’s investigation will conclude.

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