The Washington Commanders accused the top prosecutor for Washington, D.C., of neglecting to tackle rising crime in a swipe ahead of a scheduled press conference expected to provide updates of an investigation into the team’s alleged misconduct.
A spokesperson for the NFL team denounced Attorney General Karl Racine just hours after his office announced it would “make a major announcement” on Thursday, accusing Racine of “making splashy headlines, based on offbeat legal theories, rather than doing the hard work of making the streets safe for our citizens.”
“Despite the out-of-control violent crime in D.C., today the Washington Commanders learned for the first time on Twitter that the D.C. Attorney General will be holding a press conference to ‘make a major announcement’ related to the organization’ tomorrow,” a spokesperson for the team said on Wednesday. “The Commanders have fully cooperated with the AG’s investigation for nearly a year. As recently as Monday, a lawyer for the team met with the AG who did not suggest at that time that he intended to take any action and, in fact, revealed fundamental misunderstandings of the underlying facts.”
The team’s representative pointed to an incident earlier this year when Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr. was attacked by two juveniles in an attempted carjacking that left him with non-life-threatening injuries. Police later arrested a 17-year-old in connection to the shooting, officials announced last week.
It’s not entirely clear what announcements will be made by the attorney general Thursday nor is it clear what investigation Racine is referring to. The team, along with its scandal-ridden owner, Daniel Snyder, has been at the center of several inquiries over the last year related to accusations of sexual harassment and a toxic work environment, as well as allegations of financial malfeasance.
The latest development comes at a crucial time for the Commanders as Snyder considers selling the team, announcing last week he hired Bank of America to “consider potential transactions” regarding team ownership. Calls for Snyder to sell the team have come from fans and those outside the organization for decades amid the team’s constant mediocre performance and subsequent controversies under his ownership.
The attorney general’s press conference comes less than two months before Racine is set to leave office as his term ends on Jan. 2, 2023. He will be replaced by Democrat Brian Schwalb, who won the general election on Tuesday after running unopposed.