On Friday’s edition of Pardon The Interruption on ESPN, host Tony Kornheiser openly questioned what would it take to remove team owner Dan Snyder from his position as owner of the Washington football team.
As of now, though, he doesn’t see enough for change.
“He is seen as an impediment to winning,” Kornheiser began. “Far more people in this area want him out than wanted the nickname changed. Far more. But there is nothing in this particular story that ties him specifically to bad behavior.”
After Thursday’s bombshell story in The Washington Post that detailed 15 female employees of the team said they experienced sexual harassment and verbal abuse, natural questions were asked about what, and how much Snyder knew.
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Multiple sources in the story from The Post said while it’s conceivable Snyder knew nothing of the sexual harassment, yet they were skeptical of how he couldn’t have been made aware of what was happening in the building.
As it relates to owning the football team, however, Kornheiser doesn’t view this scandal as enough to oust Snyder from his ownership.
“Maybe something will come out in the next week, the next day, whatever, and someone will accuse Dan Snyder specifically of sexual harassment or say that he was in the room when it happened, and he did nothing about it and it was covered up,” Kornheiser continued. “That to me was different than what we have seen just today. That, to me, forces the hand of the NFL. But at the moment, it’s not Donald Sterling, at the moment it’s not Jerry Richardson.”
Co-host Mike Wilbon questioned when other NFL owners will ask when Snyder is bad for business for the rest of the league, and when that could be it for Snyder.
“Dan Snyder has no allies in Washington DC. We live there and we know this for a fact. You can walk down any street in Washington DC, or suburban Maryland, or suburban Virginia — as I did this morning — and you can have people say, ‘I hope they get rid of him. I hope they get him to sell.’”
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