Dan Snyder and his wife, Tanya Snyder
Dan Snyder and his wife, Tanya Snyder Credit: Darrow Montgomery/File

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Another week, another lawsuit against the Washington Commanders from D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine. Last week, Racine announced a suit against Dan Snyder, his team, the NFL, and Commissioner Roger Goodell for allegedly deceiving D.C. residents and fans about a toxic workplace culture “all in an effort to protect their profits.”

This week, Racine filed yet another lawsuit against the Commanders’ corporate entity, Pro-Football Inc., that accuses the team of failing to return security deposits to season ticket holders. The complaint alleges that the Commanders violated the D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act by misrepresenting the requirements for returning ticket holders’ security deposits.

Racine alleges that failure goes back as far as 1996. Although some season ticket holders received their deposits, many are still owed a refund, according to the lawsuit, and the Commanders are still holding on to nearly $200,000 in unreturned deposits. 

Speaking with ESPN’s John Barr this week, Racine said the Commanders sent his office a letter threatening ethics violations if he appeared on the show Outside the Lines

“That is the playbook for Mr. Snyder. He likes to intimidate and bully,” Racine said. “It’s not gonna happen with this attorney general because we know our ethics, and we know what’s right and wrong, and there’s no way Dan Snyder can control this lawsuit like he did the NFL’s investigation of him.”

The Commanders have said they hired an outside law firm and forensic auditors to review the team’s accounts for evidence of Racine’s allegations. The reviews “found no evidence that the team intentionally withheld security deposits that should have been returned to customers or that the team improperly converted any unclaimed deposits to revenue.” 

The potential issue with security deposits came to light through the House Committee on Oversight and Reform investigation into Snyder and the Commanders. The committee alerted the Federal Trade Commission along with Racine and his fellow attorneys general in Maryland and Virginia. The Commanders have denied the allegations.

As Racine continues to add to the stack of investigations surrounding Snyder, it appears as if the House committee’s probe will soon come to an end as control of the chamber shifts to Republicans. Kentucky Rep. James Comer, the ranking member, announced that when Republicans take over in January, the investigation into the Commanders will end.

The Congressional investigation started in 2021, after the NFL completed its own investigation into allegations that women who worked for Snyder had been sexually harrassed for decades. The NFL fined the team $10 million but would not release its investigation.

Both Snyder and Goodell have testified before the House committee. Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that the committee will likely release a report with its findings before the end of the year.

Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com)

 

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