WASHINGTON - Thursday afternoon, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine laid out a civil lawsuit against the Washington Commanders, owner Dan Snyder, the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell.
The suit alleges the team and league misled D.C. fans about the investigation into its toxic workplace culture.
The NFL and Washington Commanders both indicated in statements the allegations were baseless and they look forward to answering them.
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 10: D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine conducts a news conference announcing lawsuits against the Washington Commanders, owner Daniel Snyder, the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell, for attempting to coverup sexual harassme
At the end of the news conference, Racine was asked about another possible investigation connected to the Commanders regarding financial improprieties.
"That’s a good question, there will be more news on that next week," Racine said, ending the press conference.
This spring, the House Oversight Committee sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission following the testimony of a former team employee, Jason Friedman, who said the team withheld refundable deposits and there were other reports the team didn’t pass along other revenue streams it should have to the NFL.
FOX 5 spoke with Christopher Leach Friday night, a former FTC enforcement attorney currently with the law firm Mayer-Brown.
Leach has no direct knowledge of these investigations, but similar ones.
The FTC, Leach says, has a common practice of not confirming or denying an investigation, as they’ve done with the Commanders.
However, Leach says if the FTC was investigating, it would be common to have open lines of communication with an investigative agency like the D.C. Attorney General if they’re investigating a similar matter.
As for an attorney general making a public announcement before the FTC, Leach says it’s "incredibly common":
"The D.C. attorney general is an elected public servant separate from the Federal Trade Commission. And even if they are ultimately looking at identical conduct, the D.C. attorney general or any attorney general could say that it feels comfortable proceeding with what it has on hand," Leach said.
All along, the Commanders have strongly denied any financial improprieties.
Following the congressional referral to the FTC, the team sent a 102-page response and had an independent audit done.
"This investigation found no evidence that the team intentionally withheld security deposits that should have been returned to customers or that the team improperly converted any unclaimed deposits to revenue. Furthermore, the investigation found no evidence of any deliberate or fraudulent intent on the part of the team to misallocate revenue to avoid revenue sharing, and that the amounts involved represented a de minimis portion of the overall team revenue," a Commanders spokesperson said in a statement.
No word on when an announcement may come from Racine’s office next week.