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Yahoo Sports’ Senior NFL Writer Charles Robinson and Yahoo Sports’ Columnist Dan Wetzel discuss the what could come out of a House Oversight Hearing featuring NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder. Hear the full conversation on the You Pod to Win the Game podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.
CHARLES ROBINSON: House oversight committee has asked Dan Snyder, the Washington owner, and Roger Goodell, obviously the NFL commissioner, to testify at the oversight hearing. Interestingly, they picked June 22, which is when I'm going to be on vacation. But I-- I'll tell you what, we'll see whether there's going to be compliance, and I'm curious to know what the questions are going to be and how the NF-- I wouldn't imagine that Roger Goodell wants to go and sit down before a House oversight committee because he's going to be asked probably some questions that either legally he can't answer or won't want to answer. Same with Snyder.
I'll be curious to see if this actually takes place, because it's-- this is-- I've said this before. This is why-- when people say congressional oversight is no big deal, It is a big deal because you put important, powerful people in uncomfortable situations. That rarely happens in the NFL, and this is going to be one of the most uncomfortable.
DAN WETZEL: Eh. These things rarely, rarely pan out to anything. The politicians aren't that smart. They're rarely well-briefed. They ask grandstanding questions. They get off topic really easy. It's usually a mess. I have no faith in these-- I don't know. Maybe.
But it's like, you know, you donate to the right political action committee 12 hours ahead of time, you get some softball questions or it just becomes-- it just becomes a circus. And the bigger the circus, it just-- everything gets muddied. So I don't know. Maybe. Maybe you get some answers.
But usually not that hard to beat the senators. They're not smart. They think they're smart.
CHARLES ROBINSON: Well, becomes--
DAN WETZEL: But they're not good at-- they're not-- they're not good at it.
CHARLES ROBINSON: It's a platform, and it's a spotlight. Like, it is. Like, I get that. I totally understand that. But at the same time, Roger Goodell stands up in front of us, and he rarely answers the question that he doesn't want to answer. Actually, never answers the question he doesn't want to answer. He redirects, goes-- just drones on and on about something that has nothing to do with the question, or sidesteps it.
At least a situation like this, he's asked the question and-- look, congressional testimony, you're supposed to be truthful. And there are certain pointed questions you can ask that he would have to answer truthfully, you know. Who made--
DAN WETZEL: I'm sure-- I would not accuse Roger Goodell of planning on perjuring himself. I'm just saying that, like, this is easier than his annual Super Bowl press conference. I'm not even kidding. I'm not propping up sportswriters as anything. It speaks to how these things go.
It's just-- it's always a mess. The politicians are just-- they don't have any expertise on it. It's easy for them to, like, talk circles around them. They're trying to grant-- it's just-- I don't know. Maybe something happens. But, man, the idea that someone's popping down on these guys-- and it's like, how hard are you going to go after Roger Goodell?
Roger Goodell represents 31 of the richest people in the country.
CHARLES ROBINSON: Well, 32. Because he represents himself as well.
And he is definitely one of the richest people in the country.
DAN WETZEL: Fair enough. The longer you talk and-- I gotta have to check on that. It's just not that hard for Goodell. He's got a lot of experience at this. Snyder's going to be there?
CHARLES ROBINSON: They're asking. They want Dan Snyder there, too. And that's another aspect of this, too.
DAN WETZEL: Is he going to show up?
CHARLES ROBINSON: Well, no one's responded yet. It just happened. Like, this is something that's unfolding right now. The NFL, you know, and Snyder, they're all going to respond in a timely manner, which is probably a way of saying, like, we're going to try and figure out how to get out of this.
DAN WETZEL: I mean, look, there could be great stuff. I just have zero faith in the-- I've just watched too many of these things. I've gone to them.
CHARLES ROBINSON: But here's the thing. Like, I--
DAN WETZEL: And you're like, Oh, no, you didn't ask that question. You're going to fall into the-- he's going to be able to come up with this answer, and he's going to be come up with this answer.
CHARLES ROBINSON: But, Dan, here's the thing. I heard that at the start, though, too. Oh, this is not going to be-- and then next thing you know, you've got a former team employee, longtime team employee, saying, oh, yeah, we were cooking the books, and here's the information. And here, let me furnish this.
You don't-- A-- two things you don't know. You don't know if either those guys is going to get boxed into a yes or no answer where you don't want to perjure yourself, and it's a yes or no answer type of situation and, you know, giving-- you say no when it's yes, you just perjured yourself. So you don't know if they're going to be boxed into that kind of a question, which, you know-- you're right. There's some smarts to put someone in that situation.
But then number two, you don't know what they're going to say that then could in turn piss off someone else out there who knows something.