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Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder said he is the victim of an extortion campaign by one of the franchise’s minority owners, according to a court filing Wednesday in Maryland.
Snyder made the filing one day after The Washington Post reported further details of a $1.6 million settlement the franchise paid to a former employee over a sexual misconduct allegation in 2009.
Snyder’s filing, in U.S. District Court in southern Maryland, said one of the team’s minority partners, Dwight Schar, was trying to force him to sell the franchise.
“I firmly believe that Plaintiffs’ motion and supplemental filing and the news articles that they have generated are the latest in the effort to extort me,” the filing stated.
The New York Times reported last weekend about the settlement. On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that it had received a copy of the agreement and, citing an anonymous source, said it stemmed from an incident on Snyder’s plane while returning from the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.
In Snyder’s filing Wednesday, he said, “The Post’s article includes several quotes from the filing that improperly give the misleading