In an emailed statement, Lisa J. Banks, Blair’s lawyer, said that Snyder’s naming of her in the filing is “an obvious and inappropriate attempt to silence Ms. Blair and others who may wish to communicate with legitimate news organizations about the culture of sexism, harassment and abuse that has existed at the highest levels of the Washington Football Team.”
The filing also said Blair told a personal employee of Snyder’s and two other team employees that “she was in contact with and working in coordination with a third party” and that she and that third party were involved in preparing articles that were going to be damaging to Snyder. The third party, she told them, was not a journalist, but was “well known to each of the involved persons.”
According to the filing, Blair also told a team employee who has frequent contact with Snyder that she had been told by someone not employed by The Washington Post, but well known to this employee, that an article would be published in the newspaper in approximately a week that would not be “good for Dan.” This was weeks before rumors about the subject of the article began circulating on social media.
According to the filing, Blair also told a “longtime personal employee” of Snyder’s before the social media whispering about the publication of damaging stories that “something big was going to happen.” Blair also told this employee that “several of the team’s minority owners did not want to do business” with Snyder any longer.
In the filing, Snyder said Blair left the team on bad terms and “has since admitted to having absconded with confidential information” belonging to the team. The filing also describes what it says are Blair’s financial difficulties and says that while she worked for the team, her wages were garnished.
Snyder contended that she has an unidentified “financial benefactor” who has provided discounted rent in luxury apartment buildings in Virginia that are connected to a minority shareholder who is seeking to sell his stake.
Tracy Schar, the daughter of Dwight Schar, one of the team’s minority shareholders seeking to sell, is on the board of directors of Comstock, the real estate development company that owns the building where Blair lives, and also serves as senior vice president for marketing at Comstock Holding Companies. Two other members of Comstock’s board worked for Red Zone Capital, which is co-owned by Dwight Schar and Snyder, according to a 2018 government filing.