The Washington Redskins declined to clarify multiple references owner Daniel Snyder made in an ESPN The Magazine story published Friday about the NFL owners’ meetings last week in which Snyder was described as a “pro-stand owner.” The story focused on the league’s ongoing conversation with players on demonstrations during the national anthem that are intended to protest police brutality and racial inequality. During a “special privileged session” Oct. 18 with just the owners and one adviser, Snyder supported Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’s stance that the NFL needed a quick anthem mandate, the ESPN story said. Snyder mumbled out loud, “See, Jones gets it — 96 percent of Americans are for guys standing.” Redskins Senior Vice President of Communications Tony Wyllie declined to comment when asked whether Snyder said the remark, where Snyder received this data and whether the Redskins have data on public reaction regarding anthem demonstrations. The story also mentioned that the Redskins’ proximity to the defense industry had led Snyder to tell other owners that sponsors “were angry about the protests.” Wyllie declined to comment on whether the anthem demonstrations have impacted the Redskins’ working and financial relationships with sponsors and other companies in the D.C. area.
An ESPN report calls Daniel Snyder a ‘pro-stand owner.’ The Redskins declined to comment.
Washington Post | Oct 28