Al Michaels makes it clear NFL wants Dan Snyder to sell Washington Commanders

Thursday was a busy day for the NFL and the most important news came out of the field, as well as into the broadcast booth to some extent.

ESPN reporters Don Van Natta Jr., Seth Wickersham and Tisha Thompson have released a detailed report on Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder that suggests a man is out to gun down his fellow NFL owners if they try to sue him for a series of misconduct allegations.

Recent years have revealed numerous allegations of workplace misconduct regarding Snyder and his organization that have embarrassed the league. The allegations include allegations of sexual harassment and assault, which you can read more about on SB Nation.

Thursday’s ESPN report focused on how Snyder is handling the situation and what it could mean for the league. He reportedly told a close associate, “he’s gathered enough secrets to ‘blow up’ several NFL owners, the league office and even commissioner Roger Goodell.”

It could be mostly talk, but on Thursday night it was suggested that it rattled the owners to some extent. During the fourth quarter of Thursday night football broadcast featuring the Commanders and Chicago Bears, announcer Al Michaels made a notable comment. He said, “Just my feeling, I think what the league would like is for Snyder to sell the team. No need to vote, just sell the team. Because it has become a major problem in the league, obviously.

Al Michaels is a good companion. He’s been connected to the NFL since he started calling Monday night football in 1986. However, he’s also not going to drag on for the product either as we’ve seen on many shows, including last night’s one. If the product is poor, Al will let us know.

So when he has something to say that’s a little different, we have to be careful. As others noted, Al’s comments weren’t just random thoughts in his head. They come across as something the NFL wants to clarify and wants to do without having to release official statements. For all intents and purposes, this was an official statement.

It’s unclear what the next steps will be in this messy affair. Someone with some shame might want to end this whole thing and move on with their life. Dan Snyder doesn’t seem to have such a shame, but I guess he might surprise us in the weeks or months to come. In the meantime, the NFL will likely continue to find ways to let it be known how unhappy it is with the whole situation without doing anything about it.

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