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National Football League: Colts owner Irsay says Snyder removal ‘worth serious consideration’

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National Football League: Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said “serious consideration” should be given to removing Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder as…

National Football League: Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said “serious consideration” should be given to removing Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder as National Football League (NFL) team owners met in New York for a quarterly meeting. Follow National Football League Live Updates with Insidesport.IN

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Irsay is the first team owner to publicly support the possible removal of Snyder, who faces sexual misconduct allegations.

A bombshell report from ESPN last week said Snyder believed he had enough “dirt” to “blow up” some of his co-owners and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as he faces renewed calls to sell his team.

The NFL fined the Commanders $10 million last year after an independent investigation found widespread bullying and sexual harassment of female employees on the team.

In February, after a former cheerleader and head of marketing for the team accused Snyder of inappropriate behavior.

Snyder has denied the allegations.

It is a regrettable situation“, Irsay told reporters. “It hurts me to see that – the founders of this league taught me, ‘You gotta protect the game, you gotta protect what we’re about.’ That’s not what we’re about.”

A spokesman for the Commanders said Snyder did not want to sell the team.

It is highly inappropriate, but not surprising, that Mr. Irsay chose to make statements publicly based on untruths in the media“, the spokesman said in a statement.

We are confident that when he has the opportunity to see the actual evidence in this case, Mr. Irsay will conclude that there is no reason for the Snyders to consider selling the franchise.”

National Football League: Colts owner Irsay says Snyder removal ‘worth serious consideration’

National Football League: Colts owner Irsay says Snyder removal ‘worth serious consideration’

In a letter to team owners obtained by Reuters, Snyder hit back at the ESPN report, saying he never hired investigators to “look at other owners” and Goodell.

“It is patently false and intended to erode the trust and goodwill between owners,” he wrote.

Team owners did not vote on the matter Tuesday, but Irsay said he believed there was sufficient support for Snyder’s potential removal, pending the outcome of the NFL investigation. It would require the support of at least 24 of the league’s 32 owners to remove him.

“I’m very concerned that he’s going to be removed,” Irsay said.

“It’s a situation that you wish wasn’t there.”

Goodell told the owners that there were “no need to be speculation” before the investigation, led by former Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Jo White, was completed.

Speculation without facts is not a very positive thing to do. I think everyone deserves to have the facts and make sure these decisions are made with the facts” he told reporters.

Goodell said he was unable to provide a timeline for when the investigation would be complete, but reiterated that the results would be made available to the public.

National Football League: Colts owner Irsay says Snyder removal ‘worth serious consideration’

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