Former Commanders President Bruce Allen To Testify Under Subpoena From House Committee Amid NFL Probe
Former Washington Commanders President Bruce Allen is reportedly scheduled to give a remote deposition to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Tuesday. Currently, the Committee is conducting an investigation into the sexual harassment allegations against the football club. Commanders Owner Dan Snyder also had accusations of sexual assault and harassment made against him, and has reportedly denied those allegations.
A committee spokesperson issued a statement, saying that Allen’s testimony is important for the Committee to understand the serious alleged complaints. The spokesperson also stated that Allen’s deposition was subpoenaed by the Committee.
“The Committee is continuing to investigate the decades-long workplace misconduct at the Washington Commanders and the NFL’s failure to address it. Mr. Allen served in senior roles under team owner Dan Snyder for many years, so his testimony is important for the Committee to fully understand these serious issues and advance reforms to protect workers in the future.”
Allen was the recipient of several offensive and allegedly racist emails from former Raiders Coach Jon Gruden, which were uncovered as part of the NFL’s investigation into the Commanders’ toxic workplace. At the time the emails were sent to Allen, Gruden worked for ESPN as an on-air talent and not for the NFL as a coach. The emails were leaked to the NYTimes and made public, which led to Gruden’s swift resignation.
Back in July, Snyder testified voluntarily, for more than eight hours, before the Congressional Committee via Zoom. Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney initially wished for Snyder to testify under a subpoena, but agreed to allow him to do so voluntarily. Snyder was interviewed regarding the House’s preliminary findings of its nine-month investigation. Maloney filed a notice of deposition with the Office of the Clerk of the U.S House of Representatives, as per requirement. At the time, the Committee agreed not to broadcast the testimony publicly, saying:
“Mr. Snyder has committed to providing full and complete testimony, and to answer the Committee’s questions about his knowledge of and contributions to the Commanders’ toxic work environment, as well as his efforts to interfere with the NFL’s internal investigation, without hiding behind non-disclosure or other confidentiality agreements. Should Mr. Snyder fail to honor his commitments, the Committee is prepare to compel his testimony on any unanswered questions upon his return to the United States.”
The NFL is currently conducting its own investigation into the allegations against Snyder.
The Washington Post has more HERE.