As the Washington Football Team has enjoyed a breakthrough season on the field under head coach Ron Rivera, team owner Daniel Snyder and the organization continue to land in hot water.
Following reports of a $1.6 million settlement paid by the franchise over a sexual misconduct allegation in 2009, Snyder has responded with accusations of extortion by one of the club’s minority owners.
Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder accuses Dwight Schar of extortion
The New York Times reported on Dec. 19 that Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder settled a sexual misconduct allegation against him from a former team employee in 2009. The incident allegedly occurred on Snyder’s plane during a return flight from the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.
While two investigations reportedly found no substantiative evidence to support the woman’s allegations, The Washington Post learned that Snyder still paid a $1.6 million settlement to her. The team’s minority owners, Frederick Smith, Robert Rothman and Dwight Schar, called the allegations “a serious accusation of sexual misconduct.”
Now, in a filing submitted to the U.S. District Court in southern Maryland, Snyder is accusing minority team stakeholder Dwight Schar of extortion and trying to force him into selling the team.
“The Post’s article includes several quotes from the filing that improperly give the misleading impression, based on Plaintiffs’ position and status, that there was merit to the allegations of misconduct,” Daniel Snyder said in his filing, via ABC News. “Plaintiffs’ purpose in submitting their supplemental filing is now clear: to try to continue to smear me in an effort to gain leverage in this business dispute.”
Snyder and the Washington Football Team’s minority owners have been battling for months. The ongoing saga between the business partners in the spring, per the New York Times, when Snyder refused to distribute dividend payouts to his partners. Ever since, things have gotten ugly between the two sides.
Minority owner Frederick Smith, CEO of FedEx, joined numerous investors who threatened to pull their money if Snyder didn’t change the team’s name. Eventually, after years of refusing to change it, he relented.
The club’s minority stakeholders tried selling their shares of the team this summer. They ultimately reached agreements with a buyer, arranging to sell their collective 40% stake in the team for $900 million. However, Snyder has interfered by attempting to block the sale and there is now a suit in the U.S. District Court.
It’s a decision that the NFL and other team stakeholders aren’t happy about. Typically, ownership disputes are handled by the NFL’s arbitrator and it doesn’t become a legal matter. However, that is changing given the hostile sentiments between Snyder and the minority owners.
Snyder is pushing back with his own filing, at a time when his organization faces several alarming allegations.
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