A former Washington Commander employee told the House Oversight and Reform Committee that owner Dan Snyder instructed him to pour milk on the carpet of Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner’s suite at FedEx Field so that when Lerner and his When family, the room smells like “kefir”. participated in a game.
David Pauken, the team’s former chief operating officer, said Mr. Snyder’s order came after the team’s owner reached an agreement with Mr. Lerner’s real estate firm on land to build a parking lot around the stadium. Mr Pauken said Mr Snyder believed he was paying “too much money” for the space, leading to the hoax.
Mr. Pauken’s testimony was released Wednesday ahead of the committee’s hearing on the commander’s workplace misconduct, in which NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appeared remotely.
The committee released testimony from Mr. Pauken and three other former employees to illustrate that “Mr. Snyder created a toxic workplace among the commanders,” the panel said.
Mr. Pauken testified that the incident took place around 2003 or 2004. The Lerners’ successful real estate business made them one of the most famous and wealthy families in the area, and it wasn’t until 2006 that they bought the Washington Nationals.
Mr. Snyder also ordered another employee to pour milk into Mr. Lerner’s suite on another occasion, Mr. Pauken said. The employee’s name has been removed from the transcript.
Mr Pauken called the incident “pretty embarrassing”, adding that he owed Mr Lerner an apology.
“If you were to ask me what I regretted doing,” Mr. Polken told the committee on June 7, “that would fall into that category.”
The commander did not respond to a request for comment.