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D.C. attorney general set to make announcement about NFL’s Commanders amid ongoing investigations

The attorney general for the District of Columbia stated he’s holding a information convention about the Washington Commanders on Thursday, the newest off-field improvement for the NFL franchise that’s the topic of a number of ongoing investigations.

The workplace of D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine introduced Wednesday he’ll make a significant announcement associated to the workforce. No particulars had been offered.

Racine’s workplace launched an investigation into the workforce across the time the U.S. House Committee for Oversight and Reform referred its case, which initially centred on office tradition points, to the Federal Trade Commission for potential monetary improprieties.

The Commanders stated in a press release issued by a workforce spokesperson that they realized about the information convention on social media.

“The Commanders have absolutely cooperated with the AG’s investigation for practically a yr,” the spokesperson stated. “As just lately as Monday, a lawyer for the workforce met with the AG who didn’t recommend at the moment that he supposed to take any motion and, in actual fact, revealed elementary misunderstandings of the underlying info.”

Also within the assertion, the workforce tried to pivot the difficulty to violent crime in Washington, citing the August taking pictures of rookie working again Brian Robinson Jr.

Robinson’s agent, Ryan Williams, criticized the workforce on Twitter, posting: “Up till an hour in the past, the Commanders dealt with the Brian Robinson state of affairs with a lot care, sincerity and sophistication. And I used to be so grateful for all of it. Although I do know that there are some nice people in that constructing, whoever is hiding behind this assertion shouldn’t be certainly one of them.”

The workforce is being investigated on a number of fronts, together with by the attorneys general of D.C. and Virginia, Congress and the league. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy final week stated former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White’s evaluate on behalf of the league is ongoing and there’s no timetable for when it is going to be accomplished.

In this 2018 file photograph, District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine, attends a information convention close to the White House in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/The Associated Press)

Owners Dan and Tanya Snyder introduced final week they employed Bank of America Securities to look into promoting half or all the workforce. A workforce spokesperson stated the Snyders had been “exploring all choices” with reference to the group that Forbes values at $5.6 billion US.

Washington, which rebranded because the Commanders in February, has been mired in points unrelated to soccer for the reason that summer time of 2020, when a number of former staff stated they had been sexually harassed whereas working for the workforce. The workforce retained D.C. lawyer Beth Wilkinson’s agency to launch an unbiased investigation into these allegations, which the league then took oversight of.

The NFL in July 2021 fined the workforce $10 million and Dan Snyder ceded every day operations to Tanya after Wilkinson’s investigation unearthed a “toxic” office tradition. No written report was issued, main the U.S. House Oversight Committee to examine.

Commissioner Roger Goodell testified earlier than the committee at a public listening to in June, and Snyder gave a deposition for greater than 10 hours in July. Information about Snyder’s testimony has but to be launched.

The committee in April despatched a letter to the FTC saying the workforce engaged in probably illegal monetary conduct and that there was proof of misleading enterprise follow over the span of greater than a decade, together with withholding ticket income from visiting groups and refundable deposits from followers.

The Commanders denied withholding ticket income from different groups, and a regulation agency representing them despatched a letter to the FTC with testimony, emails and different paperwork laying out proof to dispute the accusations.

Per week later, the Virginia attorney general’s workplace advised the workforce it was opening an investigation into potential monetary improprieties. Virginia Attorney General Jason S. Miyares stated it was his accountability to look into the matter, including he had not “prejudged” the workforce’s conduct.

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