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Another strange Daniel Snyder story comes to light

Commanders Wire logo Commanders Wire 6/24/2022 Bryan Manning
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Before this week’s hearing regarding U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s investigation into the Washington Commanders’ workplace culture, the Committee had the opportunity to question multiple witnesses in private. And that means more unflattering stories of Washington owner Daniel Snyder.

Michael Phillips of the Richmond Times-Dispatch revealed several new details from the written testimony of some of the witnesses.

First, former Washington COO David Pauken testified that Snyder ordered him to pour milk on the floor in Mark Lerner’s suite at FedEx Field. Lerner, of course, is a prominent Washington, D.C. businessman and the principal owner of the MLB’s Washington Nationals.

The goal, per Pauken, was for the milk to smell soured when Lerner attended the game. Apparently, Snyder was upset over a business deal the pair had done.

“We completed a business deal with the Lerners that, in Dan’s view, was way too much money to pay, but we needed the parking,” Pauken’s testimony read. “Dan wanted to see Mark Lerner’s suite, and we go up there to his suite. This was on a non-gameday. Dan asked me to pour milk on the carpet under the seating in Mark Lerner’s suite so that the suite would smell like sour milk when the Lerner family came in on gameday. And he had [redacted] do that on another occurrence. So if you’re asking me things I regret doing, that would fall under that category. I owe Mark Lerner an apology, but I did it because Dan told me to do it.”

Chances are if you are that petty, there’s a reason you never succeed. This story is reminiscent of the Mike Nolan/ice cream story from 1999 because Snyder thought Nolan’s defense was “vanilla” and left melting ice cream at his office door.

There was more compelling — and disturbing — news from Pauken’s testimony, such as the one below.

We can debate about whether the Congressional hearing is a political overreach, but there’s no debating what we know of Snyder and his track record.

For the Washington Commanders to truly turn the page and receive a fresh start, they need new ownership.

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