The Washington Commanders have been under heavy scrutiny after allegations surfaced of financial misconduct. The NFL franchise has seen a firestorm of controversy, including sexual assault allegations and being forced to change their previous racially insensitive team name. Now, the franchise has denied any wrongdoing in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission.
ESPN reported that a 22-page letter was sent by team attorney Jordan Siev to FTC chair Lina Khan. The letter rebuts allegations by former team staffer Jason Friedman, who claimed the team’s financial improprieties directly affected paying fans and the National Football League. The package also included signed affidavits from other team employees stating they had seen no wrongdoing.
One of those to sign such a document was former Commanders finance director Paul Szczenski. Szczenski said that he never saw such behavior while working with the team. Several others also submitted affidavits.
“I can state unequivocally that I never helped maintain, or saw anyone else maintain, a ‘second set’ of books.'”
The FTC acknowledged receipt of the letter but did not comment further. In the rebuttal, the team called Friedman’s claims baseless. The team also said they never had a fair chance to respond to the charges.
It remains to be seen how this will all play out. The Washington Commanders are accused of stealing money from both fans and the NFL. If the allegations can be proven, it would be completely unprecedented. For now, Washington is denying the accusations outright.
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