The U.S. House Committee on Oversight & Reform is holding a hearing on workplace issues at Washington Commanders. It will also investigate the ensuing investigation and the league's attempt to hide the findings and recommendations. Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the Commanders, and Daniel Snyder, the Commanders' owner have been invited to testify.
USA Today's Jarrett Bell reports that Goodell will likely accept the invitation. There has not been an official announcement.
Bell added that NFL representatives had held "constructive discussions" with the Committee since Bell's invitation was sent earlier in the month.
The league had hoped to avoid any public hearing. The challenge now is to minimize the negative publicity. The repeated questioning of Goodell by various members of this Committee will have negative consequences.
It won't be an easy task for Goodell, as we have already explained. Goodell can easily switch topics from one reporter to another in a press conference. Goodell will not be able to dodge questions or switch topics from one reporter to another in a Congressional hearing. Goodell will have to answer all the questions.
It could be him. Bell says that there is no indication that Snyder will testify.
It would be appropriate. Goodell earns more than $60 million annually because he conducts public interference for his constituents, 32 NFL owners. He'll be likely to run interference for the most infamous of those who pay Goodell on June 22.