Anheuser-Busch ends sponsorship of the Washington Commanders

The connection to the Washington Commanders might not have been solid and upright enough for a beer company.

Anheuser-Busch, a longtime NFL sponsor and partner of 26 other teams, ended its relationship with Washington “at this point,” a spokesman said said the Washington Post.

It is unclear whether the Allegations about Daniel Snyder caused the separation. The team’s owner is facing a fresh round of sexual harassment allegations that started two months ago and the NFL and Congress are investigating.

“We remain fully committed to football fans in Washington and look forward to continuing our long-term partnership with the NFL and our other 26 team partners to create meaningful experiences and connections for fans across the country,” said the newspaper’s spokesman.

The team responded by viewing the development as an opportunity.

“We are reviewing options in the alcohol category and are looking for a strategic partner who will join us in the next era of Washington football as we play our first season as Washington Commanders and prepare to develop a new venue,” said a spokesman of the team said in a Statement to ESPN. “The team believes there is a tremendous advantage in the alcohol sponsorship category for the commanders.”

Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder is under investigation for sexual harassment allegations.
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Anheuser-Busch is the third known sponsor to cut ties with Washington in the past year. Medliminal, a medical accounting service based in Northern Virginia, went out of business with the Commanders in February and said it was “sincerely disappointed” by the franchise’s sexual misconduct scandal. Inova, a healthcare provider based in Northern Virginia, left Commanders in April 2021 and said it had “revised its strategic priorities.”

The testimony of Medliminal was made Boycott Dana fan-made website urging Commanders sponsors to sever ties with the organization.

Washington was already fined $10 million last year after a year-long investigation by attorney Beth Wilkinson found violations, but the review — conducted amid multiple public allegations of sexual harassment by members of the organization — never went public announced.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform launched a separate inquiry in October 2021. In a February meeting, a former cheerleader and team marketing manager said Snyder put his hand on her leg under the table during a dinner party and then tried to steer her into his limousine. The NFL is investigating. Anheuser-Busch ends sponsorship of the Washington Commanders


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