IRVING, Texas ( Associated Press) – Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said Wednesday he was not ready to oust Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder, and wanted to discuss the possibility with other owners.
Two months earlier, Irsay had assured that there were merits for Snyder’s removal due to an investigation into scandals and misconduct at work within the franchise.
In addition, the House Committee on Oversight and Reforms released a report last week criticizing the team and the league for their handling of the situation.
“I’m not ready to vote to remove him,” Irsay admitted after attending a December league meeting in Dallas. “I need to listen to my teammates. It’s something where you want more information about everything.”
Snyder’s status has been debated for years and the league has come under investigation for allegations of sexual misconduct and financial irregularities.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that he did not give Attorney Mary Jo White a deadline for her report.
Goodell defended himself and the league against allegations in the report that the NFL misled the public about the Washington investigation and did not hold anyone accountable.
Goodell said, “My name has been there since day one.” “There was talk of secret deals. There were no secret agreements. Those are legal documents that we explain.”
Daniels and Tanya Snyder revealed last month that they were exploring a possible sale of the team.
On the field, the NFL is considering ejecting players who commit rough offenses against the quarterback or kick defenseless players, though league executive Troy Vincent was cautious about the form in which those penalties would be enforced.
Former player Vincent said on Wednesday that sending off was one of the issues discussed. Another issue addressed was the possibility of reviewing quarterback rough penalties on video replays.
“I have to say the officials have been pretty consistent and accurate in pointing this out,” said Vincent, the league’s vice president of sports operations. “But they’re human.”
Vincent said no changes to the case would be confirmed until the holiday before the next campaign. He said any changes would have to be weighed against the length of matches and other factors.
“It’s a personal foul, and there are a lot of fouls in that category,” Vincent said. “Where for this? I repeat: The single most impact play in American football is pass interference. Now we begin to cover personal fouls, but that’s why we’ll be discussing it. I am looking forward to this conversation.”
Vincent said that the replay center would continue to assist referee decisions that had already been made, rather than make decisions for itself.
The NFL reviewed pass interference for only one season before reversing the decision.
Vincent said, “I think striving for perfection is a dangerous goal for the NFL and quite frankly for refereeing.” “And that’s what happens with cameras and replays. You start looking for perfection, which is not good for the game.”