Attorney General Karl Racine announced his intentions at a press conference Thursday, since he believes that there was collusion in order to trap the inhabitants of the district.
Racine said the team and league violated DC’s consumer rights after learning about misconduct in the organization’s workplaces, adding that Dan Snyder lied when he said that he was unaware of this situation.
Four posters surrounded Racine during his announcement, recalling the team’s efforts to transform its brand image by including references to the DC, its flag and the history of the NFL’s work culture investigation. organisation.
Dan Snyder assured supporters that he would cooperate fully with the investigation and ensured that the findings would be reliable, one of the cards read. It was a lie: Snyder repeatedly tried to obstruct, and supporters could not trust the conclusions, which have never been publicly disclosed. Because of Snyder’s veto power.
The findings of Beth Wilkinson’s investigation were not released in July 2021, after the league fined the team US$10 million for its toxic workplace culture. The last card read:
Fans’ frustration escalated when it became clear that Snyder lied to them: There would be no transparency and no consequences. It had an impact on consumer decisions .
Lawyers Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, who represent more than 40 ex-team employees, said the civil suit is
further proof of what we have known for a long time: the Commanders and the NFL opted for deception and lies in order to cover up decades of acts of harassment and sexual abuse, which had consequences not only for the victims of these gestures, but also for consumers in the District of Columbia.
The summons for a press conference by the attorney general seemed to surprise the Commanders, according to a press release from the team’s spokesperson issued on Wednesday, who stressed that he learned of the information on social networks.
The Commanders cooperated with the attorney general’s investigation without hesitation for nearly a year, the spokesperson said. On Monday, a team lawyer had met with the Attorney General who had hinted that he had no intention of taking action at this time and, in fact, revealed fundamental misunderstandings of the facts instead. underlyings.
The Commanders are the subject of numerous investigations by the DC Attorney General, the West Virginia Attorney General, the US Congress and the NFL. League spokesman Brian McCarthy mentioned last week that the league-commissioned investigation into former U.S. Attorney General Mary Jo White is still ongoing and there are still no deadlines for completing it.
Commanders owners Dan and Tanya Snyder announced last week that they had retained Bank of America Securities to explore various options for selling the team. A team spokesperson reiterated that
all options were on the table for the sale of a concession worth up to 5.6 billion US dollars, according to the magazine Forbes.