examination “by commanders. Sadly, one of the team’s stars has been blacklisted.


Richmond, Virginia In response to accusations of financial irregularities made by a congressional committee, the attorney general of Virginia has opened an investigation into the Washington Commanders.

Republicans serving as attorney general, Jason Miyares, revealed the results of his office’s inquiry to a team lawyer on Monday, citing his “responsibility to carefully examine the material facts regarding this matter” as justification.

He wrote, “To be clear, I have not made any assumptions about the issues raised regarding the Commanders.”

About two weeks ago, the Federal Trade Commission received a letter from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform informing it that it had discovered evidence of deceptive business practices over a ten-year period, including the withholding of ticket revenue from visiting teams and refundable deposits from fans. This is when Miyares made their announcement.

The Commanders denied the allegations in a letter to the FTC.

“The team categorically denies any suggestion of financial impropriety of any kind at any time. We adhere to strict internal processes that are consistent with industry and accounting standards, are audited annually by a globally respected independent auditing firm, and are also subject to regular audits by the NFL. We continue to cooperate fully with the Committee’s work,” the team said in a statement Monday.

The NFL has said it engaged former Securities and Exchange Commission chair Mary Jo White “to review the most serious matters raised by the committee” — notably an allegation by a former team employee that owner Dan Snyder groped her, which Snyder denies

Deputy Attorney General Steven Popps in Virginia will oversee the investigation, per the letter that an official representative for Miyares provided to The Associated Press.

In the letter to lawyer Jordan Siev of Reed Smith, Miyares said, “I request full cooperation and transparency from your client during this inquiry.”

The Commanders are currently conducting a thorough search for a new stadium location, with Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia all being viable options. This search is separate from the congressional investigation, which was sparked after the NFL refused to provide a report outlining the findings of an investigation into the team’s workplace culture.

Virginia has made a concerted effort to mediate a stadium agreement. Congress took a look but did not approve

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