A possible reason why Snyder is still in charge was detailed in a near-8,000-word ESPN exposé written by Don Van Natta Jr., Seth Wickersham, and Tisha Thompson, published in October.

The report cites Snyder recently saying he’s garnered “enough secrets to blow up several NFL owners,” with the league office and Goodell as fellow casualties. Snyder’s perceived contingencies are in place in order to protect himself from any attempt to oust him from his perch as the Commanders’ owner.