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NFL clubs unanimously approve Washington Commanders sale to Josh Harris & his limited partners


Thu, Jul 20th 2023 08:10 pm

National Football League Press Release

NFL clubs today unanimously approved the sale of the Washington Commanders to Josh Harris and his limited partners at a special league meeting in Minneapolis.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, “Congratulations to Josh Harris and his impressive group of partners. Josh will be a great addition to the NFL. He has a remarkable record in business, sports, and in his communities. The diverse group that Josh has put together is outstanding for its business acumen and strong Washington ties and we welcome them to the NFL, as well.

“I met Josh several years ago, prior to his acquisition of an interest in the Steelers, and have been fortunate to get to know him better over the past few months. I know he has a commitment to winning on the field, but also to running an organization that everyone will be proud of – and to making positive contributions in the community."

Findings & Outcome of Commanders Investigation Announced

Allegations Substantiated by Independent Investigator Mary Jo White

The NFL today released the findings of the independent investigation conducted by former U.S. Attorney and SEC Chair Mary Jo White and her colleagues from Debevoise & Plimpton into allegations of misconduct and financial improprieties made by former employees of the Washington Commanders.

Goodell appointed White as the independent investigator immediately following allegations against Commanders owner Daniel Snyder made by former Commanders employee Tiffani Johnston at a congressional roundtable in February 2022.

The commissioner expanded White's review in April 2022 to include alleged financial misconduct at the club, after those allegations were first raised before a congressional committee.

White and her colleagues conducted a comprehensive and independent investigation over 17 months that included interviews with dozens of witnesses, sometimes on multiple occasions, a review of over 10,000 documents, and assistance from a team of forensic accountants.

“We appreciate the diligence, thoroughness and professionalism of Ms. White and her team throughout this process," Goodell said. “We pledged to share her findings publicly and are doing so today."

White's findings and basis of findings may be found here.

Snyder will pay $60 million to the league in resolution of White's findings and all outstanding matters.

“The conduct substantiated in Ms. White's findings has no place in the NFL," Goodell said. “We strive for workplaces that are safe, respectful and professional. What Ms. Johnston experienced is inappropriate and contrary to the NFL's values."

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