Dan Snyder and Jim Irsay have had no recent contact, sources say
INDIANAPOLIS – Washington commanders owner Dan Snyder and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has not been in touch since Irsay made specific comments about Snyder during league meetings earlier this month, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday.
It could make for an awkward visit when the teams play in Indianapolis on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. Snyder attends the game and sits in the visiting owner’s box by Irsay.
“I’ll meet with the owners if it’s really a coincidence,” Irsay told the Washington Post. “Most of us don’t see each other unless we happen to be on the field or somewhere at the same time. It has nothing to do with Dan Snyder. If I played. CrowsI do not know [owner] Steve Bisciotti was on his way.”
A spokesman for the commanders issued a brief statement regarding Irsay’s latest references to Snyder.
“It is unfortunate that Mr. Irsay continues to conduct himself in a clear violation of the NFL Constitution,” the spokesman said, referring to Article IX of the NFL Constitution, which prohibits any club member from publicly criticizing another organization. or manage it. “We look forward to playing with his team on Sunday.”
At the NFL meetings in New York on October 18, Irsay said it was appropriate to remove Snyder as an owner.
Congress continues to investigate Snyder for workplace culture created during his tenure. The NFL, led by attorney Mary Jo White, is also investigating Snyder for a second time over sex allegations. The first investigation resulted in a fine of $10 million.
Attorneys general in Washington, D.C. and Virginia have investigations into financial wrongdoing by the organization, which the team has denied.
All of this led to the debate over Snyder as a future owner.
“I believe in the workplace today, the standard that the shield shows in the NFL, you have to protect it,” Irsay said. “I think that after the owners talk to each other, they will come to the right decision. My belief is that, unfortunately, we may have to go down this road. And we need to finish the investigation. But. For me, the events that have happened in the last 20 years are very disturbing.”
In the meetings, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told owners to wait until the investigations were completed.
“We have to look at all the evidence and we have to be very careful going forward,” Irsay said. “But I think so [removal as owner] something that needs to be taken seriously. I think it’s in the best interest of the National Football League that we’re going to look at it directly and deal with it.”
Owners can force a sale if at least 24 votes in favor of such a move; Irsay said there might be support for such a vote.
The commanders released a statement later that day, calling Irsay’s comments “inappropriate but not surprising.” They also highlighted their achievements as an organization over the past two years.
Their statement concluded: “Mr. Irsay concludes that there is no reason for the Snyders to consider selling the franchise. And they don’t.”
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