Roger Goodell Testifies At House Oversight Committee Hearing

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell testified Wednesday at a hearing for the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The hearing was aimed at discussing the Commanders toxic workplace culture.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (Michigan), asked Goodell if he is willing to remove Commanders owner Daniel Snyder as owner, Goodell stated, “I don’t have authority to remove him, Congresswoman.”

Goodell remained adamant that Beth Wilkinson’s investigation and recommendations helped improve the Commanders culture and made a huge difference in areas like diversity and the HR department.

When Wilkinson reported her conclusions to Goodell, the NFL penalized the Commanders for $10 million and Snyder stepped aside from his normal work duties.

The league, however, never released a formal summary of Wilkinson’s conclusions. Goodell insists this was to protect the victims privacy.

Snyder was invited to the hearing but turned the invitation down due to scheduling conflicts.

According to findings released Wednesday by a Democrat-led U.S. House committee, Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder conducted a “shadow investigation” into allegations that he fostered a toxic work culture within his organization and worked closely with the NFL to monitor and, ultimately, bury the findings of an official internal investigation.

Regarding Snyder’s no-show, Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney said, “The NFL is unwilling or unable to hold Mr. Snyder accountable. That is why I am announcing now my intent to issue a subpoena for Mr. Snyder for a deposition next week. The committee will not be deterred in its investigation into the Washington Commanders.”