The commanders denied that the report had blocked the team’s ticket revenue

WASHINGTON – Washington commanders are refuting a report alleging that they withheld ticket revenues from visiting parties, with a former employee’s lawyer responding to a defamation suit against the team.

A spokesman for the party said in a statement sent to The Associated Press and other outlets on Monday that “ticket revenue has never been cut.” He added that the revenue was subject to independent scrutiny by multiple parties and that “anyone advised to testify. Deferring the revenue was a lie, simple and easy.”

The statement came two days after Front Office Sports reported that, citing sources, the House Oversight Committee of the US Congress had received information indicating that Washington was withholding ticket revenue. Front Office Sports reports that at least one person reported to congressional investigators that the team did not pass 40 percent of the required ticket revenue under NFL rules.

Following the team’s statement, the lawyer for Jason Friedman, former vice president of sales and customer service in Washington, blasted the team for denying the report and accusing him of lying.

“They have defamed my client, Jason Friedman, who came forward at the request of the Congressional Oversight Committee and testified truthfully with evidence,” Banks said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Mr. Friedman is unable to defend himself publicly. The contractual restrictions that prevent him from speaking freely. If Dan Snyder and the Washington commanders allow him to do so, he will be happy to retrieve his testimony.”

Congress began investigating the party earlier this year after failing to release a written report investigating sexual harassment within the league organization. Front Office Sports and the Washington Post reported last week that the investigation has been expanded since 1999 to include money from the Dan Snyder-owned team.

Austin Hacker, a spokesman for the Republicans of the Oversight Committee, described in a statement that it was “a one-sided, unsubstantiated, disgruntled ex-employee leaking unsubstantiated allegations.” He added, “The committee is nothing. Heard from any credible witness that any financial inconsistency.”

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