In light of Commanders owner Dan Snyder's plans to hire an independent investigative team to review the most recent allegation levied against him, the NFL announced that it will be handling the investigation instead.
"Last week, the league stated that we will review and consider [Tiffani] Johnston's allegations as we would any others regarding workplace conduct at the Washington Commanders," the NFL said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon. "The league, not the team, will conduct an independent investigation and will be retaining an investigator to determine the facts shortly."
Snyder's reported choice to conduct the investigation was Pallas Global Group LLC, lead by former Asst. U.S. Attorneys Bonnie Jonas and Tiffany Moller. Debra Wong Yang was retained by Pallas Golbal Group LLC and was set to lead the probe. The NFL's choice is not yet known.
Johnston alleged in a roundtable on Feb. 3 with the House Committee on Oversight and Reform that Snyder put his hand on her thigh in an unwanted advance and then later tried to lead her into his limo during her time with the franchise. Johnston was a cheerleader and later a marketing and events coordinator for the organization. Ex-Washington vice president of sales and customer service Jason Friedman corroborated those claims in a letter to Congress.
Snyder has since explicitly denied Johnston's allegations in multiple statements released by him and his attorney Jordan Siev.
This is the second independent investigation into workplace conduct of Washington's organization since the summer of 2020. Snyder and the team hired attorney Beth Wilkinson to do an investigation into Washington's workplace conduct in July, 2020 before the NFL absorbed her team into its own investigation. Wilkinson concluded the probe last October, but no written report was released to the public.