In November 2020, the Commanders’ former general counsel sued to block Wilkinson from using nonpublic documents that implicated Snyder in paying a settlement in 2009 to a former team employee who accused him of sexual misconduct during a flight on his private jet.
The team, the committee said, did not report the nature of the former employee’s allegations to the N.F.L. until 2020, during the league’s investigation, and the team refused to release her from a nondisclosure agreement in an attempt to prevent her from speaking about the incident to investigators, though she eventually did.
When Wilkinson’s investigation concluded in July 2021, the N.F.L. released only a brief summary of the inquiry’s findings. The league claimed that the decision was made to protect the privacy of some of the former team employees who spoke to Wilkinson.
Goodell concluded the league’s inquiry by releasing a statement saying that Wilkinson had found that for many years the workplace environment at the team, particularly for women, was “highly unprofessional” and that employees were bullied and intimidated amid a culture of fear. Numerous female employees, Goodell said, were sexually harassed.
The N.F.L. fined the team and Snyder agreed to relinquish day-to-day control for at least a year.
After several of the women who came forward with sexual harassment allegations accused the N.F.L. of covering up evidence incriminating Snyder and his team, the congressional committee began its own inquiry in October 2021.
As the committee attempted to look into conduct at the team, the report says, “the league, working closely with the Commanders through a previously undisclosed common interest agreement, refused to produce more than 40,000 responsive documents, including the findings of the Wilkinson investigation and materials from Ms. Wilkinson’s files.”
The report released Thursday included numerous allegations that were made by former employees during the Wilkinson investigation, many of which had been revealed in articles published by The New York Times in 2018 and The Washington Post in 2020.