At 1 point in the ongoing drama engulfing the upper stages of the Washington Soccer Workforce, vast majority owner Daniel Snyder tiptoed all around the notion that minority proprietor Dwight Schar was at the rear of efforts to smear Snyder, portion of an clear tactic to force Snyder to sell his interest in the franchise. Now, Snyder has stopped pulling punches.
Snyder has submitted a declaration (i.e., composed testimony below penalty of perjury but with out getting positioned underneath oath) in pending federal litigation pertaining to the efforts of 3 minority homeowners to promote their shares of the crew in a bulk transaction to the exact team of potential buyers. The 5-web page doc, publicly out there and titled “First Supplemental Declaration Of Daniel M. Snyder In Opposition To Plaintiffs’ Unexpected emergency Motion Concerning Violation of The Court’s November 19, 2020 Order,” includes 19 numbered paragraphs outlining Snyder’s belief that Schar has engaged in an “extortion campaign” aimed at forcing Snyder to provide the crew.
In the doc, Snyder at first focuses on the prospective link in between Schar and Monday’s report that Snyder settled a sexual misconduct lawsuit in 2009 for $1.6 million. Whilst Snyder doesn’t expressly claim that Schar leaked the information to the Washington Write-up, Snyder indicates that a the latest court submitting by Schar and the other minority entrepreneurs contained “irrelevant and spurious material” that, when quoted by the tale from the Write-up pertaining to the settlement, “improperly give the deceptive impression . . . that there was advantage to the allegations of misconduct,” and that the purpose of the court filing by Schar and the other minority homeowners “is now obvious: to test to continue to smear me in an work to achieve leverage in this enterprise dispute.”
Snyder then alleges in the declaration that Schar has “knowledge that no proof of wrongdoing was located following an investigation by a properly-revered law business,” and that Schar “nevertheless threatened to expose [the settlement] to discredit me and embarrass my relatives, but which the coverage provider decided to settle.” Even though not expressly linked to the report of the $1.6 million settlement, the context plainly implies that this assertion represents Snyder’s response to the query of no matter whether he engaged in misconduct in link with the events foremost to that settlement.
Snyder’s declaration then pivots to the broader allegation that Schar has tried out for months, by using articles in the end showing up in the Washington Write-up “that characterized the Workforce and me personally in a damaging manner,” to force Snyder to market. Snyder promises that Schar has “funneled information and facts about me and the crew to Mary Ellen Blair, a previous Government Assistant with the Workforce, to be proivided to The Washington Article.” Snyder also contends in the declaration that Blair has confirmed that Schar “told [her] to share information and facts with The Washington Submit,” and that Schar’s daughter acquired Blair a “‘burned phone’ in purchase to attempt to escape detection of Mr. Schar’s conspiratorial communications.”
Snyder’s declaration subsequently alleges that, “[f]or the earlier 5 months, there have been recurring threats by Mr. Schar and other individuals connected with him.” Snyder’s declaration alleges that, on July 25, Schar threatened Snyder’s private lawyer, “telling him that the danger he has been looking for to maintain about me would occur out if I didn’t ‘just provide the team’ that I ‘won’t have a choice’ that the tale ‘will kill Dan’ and that I ‘will go through a horrible existence.’”
Following, Snyder promises in the declaration that investment decision banker John Moag “threatened me with the precise exact things by textual content message.” Snyder then prices from Moag’s information: “If you continue your game, you know what I know and what I have never spoken about. And you know it has nothing at all to do with the media shit….it’s much more severe shit. If you want a shit present, we are on for that far too.”
Snyder concludes the declaration by addressing the main reason for its filing — he denies the accusations from the minority homeowners that he has improperly leaked information to the press, in violation of a court docket order entered on November 19.
Though written fairly vaguely, possibly presented the authorized minefield that Snyder and the other proprietors presently are navigating, this document from Snyder would seem to be far more about publicizing equally his variation of the $1.6 million settlement and his rivalry that Schar has extorted Snyder and much less about proving Snyder isn’t leaking information to the media in violation of a courtroom order. There’s undoubtedly no leaking becoming carried out in the declaration Snyder puts his title on the accusations and, when reading through the whole doc and contemplating the broader context, Snyder suggests a ton.
Snyder, Schar, and minority entrepreneurs Fred Smith and Robert Rothman, undoubtedly will be declaring a good deal much more when they response concerns from the presiding judge in two months on the dilemma of no matter whether leaks have transpired in violation of the court’s confidentiality order.