Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay took the harshest stance yet against Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder. The NFL owners generally tend to close ranks, but Snyder’s recent behavior prompted Irsay to tell the press that he “believe[s] there is merit to removing [Snyder] as owner.”
Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Irsay thinks that there could “potentially be” 24 votes to remove him, the magic number of owners who would have to agree to remove Snyder from the NFL entirely.
Asked if there are 24 votes: “I think potentially there will be.”— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 18, 2022
NFL owners met in New York on Tuesday with Tanya Snyder, Dan Snyder’s wife, representing the Commanders’ organization.
Snyder’s sins are manifold — a Congressional hearing this year saw former employees testify about a sexist and abusive culture within the Commanders organization, overseen by the ever-involved Snyder. Allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying, misappropriation of team funds — the list goes on.
Rather than testify in front of Congress over the summer, Snyder took his yacht to France. He recently claimed to close acquaintances that he had gathered enough information on fellow owners and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to “blow [them] up” if he were ever to be removed, making him confident that he’s sticking around for the long haul.
(We also got this incredible series of quotes from that ESPN article — Snyder: “The NFL is a mafia. All the owners hate each other.” Veteran owner: “That’s not true. All the owners hate Dan.”)
In response to Snyder’s threats, Irsay invited the Commanders owner to investigate him, saying it wouldn’t change his mind.
Jim Irsay on if Dan Snyder has dirt on him and other owners:— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) October 18, 2022
"I could care less. You can investigate me til the cows come home. That’s not gonna back me off."