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How Commanders owner Dan Snyder and the NFL’s investigation could be affected by Robert Sarver’s sale of Suns

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With Robert Sarver announcing his intentions to sell the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury on Wednesday, some eyes in the sports world are returning to Washington and its beleaguered commander-owner Dan Snyder.

Last week the NBA released its findings on Sarver after a year-long investigation into 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, under pressure from inside and outside the Suns organization, Sarver decided to sell both the WNBA’s Suns and Phoenix Mercury.

“As a man of faith, I believe in reconciliation and the path to forgiveness,” Sarver wrote in a statement Wednesday. “I expected that the Commissioner’s one-year suspension would give me time to focus, make amends and clear my personal controversy from the teams I and so many fans love.

“But in our current unforgiving climate, it’s become painfully clear that that’s no longer possible—that all the good I’ve done, or could still do, doesn’t outweigh things I’ve said in the past. That’s why I’m starting.” the process of seeking buyers for the suns and Mercury.”

Pressure mounted on Sarver from his minority shareholder and sponsors to sell the team. Jahm Najafi, the team’s second largest stakeholder, called for Sarver’s resignation. PayPal said it would not renew as team sponsor if Sarver stayed.

Although Snyder was under pressure from Congress and handling an unlucky fanbase, a source noted that the unique pressure Sarver faced is not for Snyder. Earlier this year, Snyder bought out its minority owners and owns 100% of the commanders.

And just an hour before Sarver’s news broke on Wednesday, Commanders have announced a new sponsor for the team’s training facilities.

Snyder, who has been out of daily operations with the Washington Commanders since July 2021, is the subject of two more investigations into alleged misconduct. Mary Jo White, a former SEC chairman, is leading the investigation.

The NFL the famous decision not to issue 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 involved in day-to-day operations since.

The league said in February it would release a written report from White once complete. The first accusation centers on former team member Tiffani Johnston, who alleged that Snyder sexually assaulted her during a work dinner in 2005 or 2006. alleged financial irregularities regarding Washington’s ticket revenue.

Synder has denied allegations of wrongdoing.

Jeff Miller, the NFL’s EVP of communications, public affairs and policy, said last week that White is still continuing these investigations and has no timeline on when her findings will be made public.

The NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell have declined to make the findings of the Wilkinson report public. Goodell has said that because the League promised anonymity to witnesses and victims, the League can’t even release a heavily redacted report.

Snyder testified virtually for more than 10 hours in July before the US House Committee on Oversight. The details of that testimony have yet to be made public.

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