The National Football League, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the Washington Commanders and their controversial owner Dan Snyder just got slammed by a scathing lawsuit from DC Attorney General Karl Racine.
Launched off the District of Columbia’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act, Racine is going after the football league, team, and officials for intentionally deceiving locals over the results and integrity of an investigation into allegations of a toxic workplace, sexual harassment and sexual assault at the newishly minted Commanders. “For years the team and its owner have caused very real and very serious harm and then lied about it to dodge accountability and to continue to rake in profits,” the DC AG exclaimed in a press conference unveiling the suit Thursday. “So far they seem to have gotten away with it, but that stops today.” “In order to sell expensive tickets and merchandise and maintain the Team as a profitable part of the League, Defendants need the Team to inspire public confidence and fan loyalty,” said the filing today in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia (read it here). “But Defendants repeatedly attempted to bolster such confidence and loyalty through artful deception to the detriment of District consumers.” “In fact, the evidence shows Snyder was not only aware of the toxic culture within his organization, he encouraged it and he participated in it,” Racine told reporters today. “Mr.
Snyder exerted a high level of personal control over everything the Commanders did and his misconduct gave others permission to treat women in the same demeaning manner.” The claims of misconduct themselves are not a part of the jury seeking complaint due to jurisdictional issues, but the DC Attorney GeneralRead more on deadline.com