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Alex Smith, who played for the Washington Commanders before a gruesome leg injury ended up playing a major part in his eventual decision to retire, blasted the organization and owner Dan Snyder.

Smith appeared on Monday’s episode of “ESPN Daily” and said that while he appreciated the support from the fans and his teammates through everything he experienced with Washington, he blasted Snyder over the “distractions.”

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Washington Commanders owners Tanya Snyder, left, and Dan Snyder on the field before the Dallas Cowboys defeat of the Washington Commanders  25-10 at AT&T Stadium on October 2, 2022 in Arlington, TX.

Washington Commanders owners Tanya Snyder, left, and Dan Snyder on the field before the Dallas Cowboys defeat of the Washington Commanders  25-10 at AT&T Stadium on October 2, 2022 in Arlington, TX.
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“To see what’s gone on certainly the last 10-15 years though has really tarnished that legacy of the team,” Smith said. “And as a player, when you’re there, as players, we talk often talk about eliminating distractions, right? There’s a lot of noise around NFL teams, every NFL team, right? The media, the coverage, the week-to-week, the ups, and downs. There’s just a lot of distractions out there.”

He added: “I’ve never seen a place where the distractions come from the other side of the building. For everybody out there, these are big facilities, and half the building is kinda dedicated to football. It’s weight rooms and locker rooms, and practice fields, and all that kind of stuff. The other half of it is the entire business entity of the organization. You rarely interact with each other.”

Team co-owner Dan Snyder speaks during the announcement of the Washington Football Team's name change to the Washington Commanders at FedExField on February 02, 2022 in Landover, Maryland.  

Team co-owner Dan Snyder speaks during the announcement of the Washington Football Team’s name change to the Washington Commanders at FedExField on February 02, 2022 in Landover, Maryland.  
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Smith pointed to the “never-ending stream of questions” being asked by the media as soon as you get there. He even suggested he empathized with the fans for not showing up because of how they’re in between a rock and a hard place when it comes to the organization.

“… It’s probably the worst gameday experience in the country.”

Smith, a three-time Pro Bowler, played for Washington from 2018 to 2020. He won the 2020 Comeback Player of the Year award after he threw for 1,582 yards and six touchdowns in eight games after the leg injury that nearly cost him his life.

Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) throws a pass from the pocket as Brandon Scherff (75) and Wes Schweitzer (71) defend against pressure in the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020.

Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) throws a pass from the pocket as Brandon Scherff (75) and Wes Schweitzer (71) defend against pressure in the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020.
(AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

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Last week, Snyder and the Commanders – along with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league – were hit with a lawsuit from the D.C. attorney general. They were accused of purposely misleading fans when it came to the accusations around their workplace culture.

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