How Captain Dan Snyder’s investigation and the NFL investigation could be affected by Robert Sarver’s sale to the Suns

With Robert Sarver announcing his intention Wednesday to sell the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury, some eyes in the sports world have returned to Washington and beleaguered owner Dan Snyder.

Last week, the National Basketball Association released its findings on Sarver after a year-long investigation of workplace misconduct and inappropriate behavior. Along with the published report, the NBA fined Sarver $10 million and suspended him for a year. A week later, after pressure from both inside and outside the Suns organization, Sarver committed to selling both the Suns and Phoenix Mercury from the WNBA.

“As a man of faith, I believe in atonement and the path to forgiveness,” Sarver wrote in a statement Wednesday. “I was expecting the commissioner’s one-year suspension to allow me time to focus, compensate, and remove personal controversy from the teams I love and many of my fans.

“But in our current unforgiving climate, it has become painfully clear that this is no longer possible – anything good that I have done, or can still do, is outweighed by the things I have said in the past. For these reasons, I am beginning the process of finding buyers for the Sauns. and Mercury”.

Pressure mounted on Sarver from the minority owner and sponsors to sell the team. Jahm Najafi, the second largest contributor to the team, He called for Sarver’s resignation. Paypal said it He will not renew as a team sponsor If sarfer remains.

While Snyder faced pressure from Congress and dealt with an unhappy fan base, one source noted that the unique pressures that Sarver faced were not for Snyder. Earlier this year, Snyder Minority owners bought He owns 100% of the leaders.

And just an hour before Sarver news broke on Wednesday, it was The leaders announced a new sponsor For team training facilities.

Snyder, who has not been involved in day-to-day operations with Washington leaders since July 2021, is the subject of two additional investigations looking into the alleged misconduct. Mary Jo White, former chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, is leading the investigation.

It is known that the NFL decided not to release a written report after a year-long investigation by Beth Wilkinson into workplace misconduct. The league fined Snyder $10 million, and he has not represented the team at league meetings or participated in day-to-day operations since.

The association said in February that it would release a written report from White once it was completed. The first claim It focuses on former team employee Tiffany Johnston, who alleged that Snyder sexually harassed her at a work dinner in 2005 or 2006. Another investigation is looking into Alleged financial irregularities Regarding Washington ticket revenue.

Sinder has denied allegations of wrongdoing.

Jeff Miller, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications, public affairs and policy, said last week that White is still pursuing these investigations and has no timetable on when to announce her findings.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell declined to release the findings of the Wilkinson Report. Because the league has promised anonymity to witnesses and victims, Goodell said, the league can’t even issue a report that has been heavily withheld.

Snyder testified before the US House of Representatives Oversight Committee for more than 10 hours last July. Details of this certificate have not yet been disclosed.

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