Roger Goodell, the commissioner, speaks before Congress


In connection with the congressional inquiry investigating the work environment at the Washington Commanders, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell gave a two-hour-long remote testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Wednesday. The owner of the Commanders, Snyder, frequently asserts that the trial is a “politically charged spectacle” and questions why the Congress is interested in a football team. Dan Snyder was twice given the opportunity to testify, but he turned it down, citing international work commitments and worries about the due process. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, the chairperson of the committee, declared at the hearing that she intended to issue a subpoena to compel him to testify in a deposition the next week. Prior to the hearing on Wednesday, the committee made its allegations in a 29-page report. It claimed that Snyder had carried out a “shadow investigation” to undermine claims of workplace sexual harassment made by former workers, hired private detectives to intimidate witnesses, and used an international lawsuit as an excuse to obtain phone records and emails.