Commanders Owner Daniel Snyder Refuses To Speak At House Oversight Committee Hearing; Committee Responds

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A spokesman for the House Oversight Committee issued a statement on Monday questioning Commanders owner Daniel Snyder, who turned down two invitations to speak at the committee’s hearing on Wednesday.

Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), the committee chairperson, issued a letter on Friday pleading with Snyder to rethink his decision not to speak at the meeting. Snyder’s attorney, Karen Patton Seymour, reacted Monday with a letter repeating his refusal to testify, which then brought this letter from the committee’s spokesperson. 

The committee’s statement said, “His refusal to testify sends an unmistakable signal that Mr. Snyder has something to hide and is afraid of coming clean to the American public and addressing major worker protection concerns facing the NFL.”

Snyders lawyer Karen Patton Seymour said, “The Committee’s insistence on holding a hearing on a single date that it chose, even at the expense of [Snyder’s] right to have his counsel present during testimony, both departs from my understanding of the approach taken with other congressional witnesses in similar circumstances and disregards my client’s due process rights.”

His lawyer continued, “The Snyders and the Commanders remain fully willing to cooperate with the Committee… if the Committee is interested in obtaining that information in a manner consistent with appropriate due process and fairness protections.”

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will remotely attend and testify at Wednesday’s hearing.