Goodell: I have no authority to remove Snyder

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says he has no authority to take away Daniel Snyder as proprietor of the Washington Commanders amid ongoing scrutiny into the group’s office tradition and accusations from ladies workers of pervasive sexual harassment by group executives.

Goodell testified Wednesday earlier than members of Congress at a listening to by the Home Committee on Oversight and Reform. At one level close to the tip of greater than two hours of testimony, Goodell was questioned by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan), who requested whether or not Goodell and the league are “prepared to do extra” to punish Snyder.

After initially asking whether or not he would suggest Snyder’s elimination as proprietor of the Commanders, Tlaib adopted up by asking Goodell: “Will you take away him?”

“I haven’t got the authority to take away him, Congresswoman,” Goodell responded.

An NFL proprietor might be eliminated solely by a three-quarters (so, 24 out of 32) majority vote of fellow homeowners, though Goodell does have the power to formally suggest such a vote.

Snyder was invited to testify however declined, citing abroad enterprise commitments and considerations about due course of. Committee chair Carolyn Maloney (D-New York) introduced in the course of the listening to that she plans to concern a subpoena to compel him to testify.

“The NFL is unwilling or unable to carry Mr. Snyder accountable,” Maloney stated. “That’s the reason I’m asserting now my intent to concern a subpoena for Mr. Snyder for a deposition subsequent week. The committee is not going to be deterred in its investigation into the Washington Commanders.”

Goodell instructed the committee that the group’s tradition has remodeled because of an investigation led by legal professional Beth Wilkinson and that Snyder “has been held accountable.”

After Wilkinson offered her findings to Goodell final yr, the NFL fined the group $10 million final yr and Snyder stepped away from its day-to-day operations. Nevertheless, the league didn’t launch a written report of Wilkinson’s findings, a choice Goodell stated was meant to guard the privateness of former workers who spoke to investigators.

Data from The Related Press was used on this report.

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