Colts’ Jim Irsay says there is credit for ousting owner Daniel Snyder

NEW YORK – For the first time, an NFL owner has publicly called for serious consideration to remove Washington’s Dan Snyder from NFL ownership.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay held an explosive scrum interview during fall meetings on Tuesday and called Snyder’s missteps as owner, particularly with workplace misconduct, “seriously concerning.”

“I believe there is merit in removing him as the owner of the [Commanders]”Irsay said from the Conrad New York Downtown hotel lobby.” There is consideration that it should be removed. “

Mary Jo White’s investigations into years of alleged workplace misconduct and financial misconduct under Snyder are at the root of the matter, said Irsay, who pointed out that the league “potentially” could have a majority vote from owners to oust. Snyder. White, a former US attorney for the Southern District of New York and former chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, is investigating the matter on behalf of the NFL.

The league requires 24 of the 32 owners to approve such a vote, which has never been done at the NFL level.

Irsay said there will be no voting in Tuesday’s meetings and that owners need to know more about where the investigation is.

A recent ESPN investigation detailed the matter while painting Snyder’s cunning plans against other owners, using private investigators to acquire “dirt” from their past.

“Some of the things I’ve heard don’t represent us at all,” Irsay said. “I want the American public to know what we do as owners. … You can’t avoid the fact that, I believe it’s in the best interest of the National Football League that we look this straight in the eye and face it.”

Snyder sent a letter to the other NFL owners face the ESPN investigation and refute its alleged use of private investigators.

“This is patently untrue and bound to erode the trust and goodwill among owners which I take quite seriously,” he told his counterparts according to the letter, which was obtained from ESPN and dated October 17. “I have never hired any private investigator to examine any owner or commissioner. I have never hired or authorized my lawyers to hire a private investigator on my behalf for such a purpose. And I never would.”

A vote to remove Snyder from the position of owner could come as soon as the winter meetings, said Irsay, who noted that owners need to receive a full and detailed status report.

“That’s not what we stand for in the National Football League,” he said. “I think the owners have been painted incorrectly many times by various people and various situations. This is not what we are concerned with.”

A spokesman for the commanders called Irsay’s comments “inappropriate” and said the results of the ongoing investigation will ensure that Irsay sees Snyder in a better light.

“It is highly inappropriate, but not surprising, that Mr. Irsay has chosen to make statements publicly based on falsehoods in the media,” the commanders’ spokesman said in a statement. “It is unfortunate that Mr. Irsay has decided to go public with his statement today, while an investigation is underway, and the team has not had the opportunity to formally respond to the allegations. Commanders have made significant progress in the past two. We are confident that when he gets the opportunity to see the actual evidence in this case, Mr. Irsay will conclude that there is no reason for the Snyders to consider selling the franchise. And they won’t. “

Irsay said Snyder’s problems have a “long, long history” and allegations of workplace misconduct spanning more than a decade. In July, Snyder began testifying before a Congressional committee investigating the team’s history. The hearing was not made public.

White’s workplace investigations and financial charges are ongoing. Irsay said the owners of the league should be “updated much more comprehensively and clearly”.

Although Irsay wasn’t sure if Snyder could be persuaded to sell the team, he said the owners have “full authority” to remove him from his post.

“This has been put before us and we need to take action,” Irsay said. “To protect and be an example of what we want to be”.

Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters here Tuesday night that he had “little or no discussion” with the property on the Snyder matter, largely because White’s investigation is not complete.

“It’s an ongoing investigation. We haven’t provided anything because we don’t have them,” Goodell said. “When Mary Jo White is done with the investigation, we will share them with her members and share them publicly. I have been very clear to them that there is no reason to speculate right now until we have [the investigation]. “

Asked if he was surprised that Irsay took a public stance, Goodell added, “No.”

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam told ESPN that he was unaware that Irsay would make his comments and that he plans to wait for White’s investigation before making any decisions.

“It’s premature for anyone to comment,” he said. “We have to follow the process.”

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