Virginia attorney general opens inquiry into NFL’s Washington Commanders

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia’s attorney common has launched an inquiry into the Washington Commanders adhering to allegations of monetary improprieties lifted by a congressional committee.

Lawyer Normal Jason Miyares, a Republican, disclosed his office’s investigation in a letter to a group lawyer on Monday, expressing he considered it as his “responsibility to cautiously analyze the substance details with regards to this issue.”

“To be obvious, I have not prejudged the troubles elevated regarding the Commanders,” he wrote.

The announcement from Miyares will come about two months immediately after the Household Committee on Oversight and Reform wrote to the Federal Trade Commission declaring it uncovered proof of misleading organization tactics more than the span of extra than a 10 years, including withholding ticket earnings from viewing teams and refundable deposits from fans.

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

“The crew categorically denies any recommendation of economic impropriety of any sort at any time. We adhere to rigorous internal procedures that are consistent with industry and accounting criteria, are audited yearly by a globally respected impartial auditing business, and are also matter to typical audits by the NFL. We continue to cooperate entirely with the Committee’s do the job,” the workforce explained in a statement Monday.

The NFL has stated it engaged previous Securities and Exchange Fee chair Mary Jo White “to evaluation the most severe issues elevated by the committee” — notably an allegation by a former group employee that proprietor Dan Snyder groped her, which Snyder denies.

In Virginia, Deputy Lawyer Basic Steven Popps will lead the inquiry, according to the letter, which a spokeswoman for Miyares shared with The Linked Push.

“I request full cooperation and transparency from your customer for the duration of this inquiry,” Miyares wrote in the letter, which was tackled to attorney Jordan Siev of the legislation agency Reed Smith.

Individual from the investigation by Congress, which started immediately after the NFL did not launch a report detailing the conclusions of an investigation into the team’s place of work culture, the Commanders are in the midst of a prolonged look for for a site for a new stadium, with Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia all potential possibilities.

Virginia has aggressively tried to broker a stadium offer. Lawmakers viewed as but did not approve legislation all through their common session that would have specified the team significant tax breaks to establish a stadium in northern Virginia. The Typical Assembly is expected to return to the challenge quickly during a exclusive session.