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Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder sues Washington City Paper
NBC Wasington ^ | Thursday February 3, 2011 | NBC Wasington

Posted on 02/03/2011 6:57:24 AM PST by jpl

Redskins owner Dan Snyder filed a $2 million lawsuit Wednesday against the parent company of the Washington City Paper. The suit stems from an article written by City Paper reporter Dave McKenna in November.

In the lawsuit filed in New York, Snyder says that the City Paper has "engaged in an ongoing campaign" to "smear his business and personal reputation," has published more than 50 columns in which he "was the subject of derision, ridicule and/or vilification," and that the November cover story on him "featured an anti-Semitic depiction of Mr. Snyder with horns on his head, bushy eyebrows, and surrounded by dollar signs." The lawsuit claims that the article contained "numerous outrageous, false and defamatory statements of and concerning" Snyder.

"Simply put, no reasonable person would accept the publication of these types of false, malicious, and/or defamatory statements about them or their spouses," according to the lawsuit. "Nor would any reasonable person tolerate an anti-Semitic caricature of himself or herself prominently displayed on the front pages of a newspaper containing false and malicious allegations."

The Washington City Paper's publisher, Amy Austin, responded to the allegations by saying:

"It's extremely unfortunate that Snyder believes it's appropriate to threaten City Paper with litigation because he objects to our coverage. As a 30-year old newspaper and vibrant website committed to both in-depth news reporting and full-throated commentary, we do not believe that using the court system to stifle or chill free speech is ever appropriate. In this case, it’s especially shabby: As a well known public figure, Snyder has more than ample ability and resources to respond to coverage he does not like, including through his significant public relations apparatus. Lest there be any doubt, we have offered him a forum to do so in our pages, and that invitation stands. Should he elect to actually file a lawsuit, we have directed our counsel to defend the case vigorously."

Snyder said in the lawsuit that any monetary damages recovered would be given to groups devoted to assisting the homeless.


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KEYWORDS: football; nfl; redskins; snyder
Just when you think this creep can't sink any lower, he surprises you and manages to pull it off!
1 posted on 02/03/2011 6:57:27 AM PST by jpl
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To: jpl

Well, he’s no Jerry Jones..................


2 posted on 02/03/2011 7:00:54 AM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: jpl

Still won’t improve their record


3 posted on 02/03/2011 7:04:10 AM PST by therightliveswithus
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To: jpl
As I die hard Eagles fan, normally I'd view bad fortune falling on a division rival with some amount of relish.

Daniel Snyder is a plague that I wouldn't wish upon my worst enemy. Inconceivable incompetence combined with undefeatable ignorance.

And the worst part is, he'll probably continue to drive that franchise into the ground for the next thirty years.

4 posted on 02/03/2011 7:08:27 AM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: jpl

Danny Boy, nobody thinks you’re an anti-Semite. Now we Redskins fans *do* think you’re an incompetent fool of an NFL owner who needs a good ass-kicking by the ghost of Jack Kent Cooke, followed by a beatdown by a drunk John Riggins. But you’re not an anti-Semite. Maybe only a small minion of Satan.

}:-)4


5 posted on 02/03/2011 7:09:27 AM PST by Moose4 ("By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!")
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To: therightliveswithus

If you haven’t read the article that’s lead to this I can tell you its a must read. I knew Snyder was your typical ego driven owner of today, but did not realize how bad he actually was.

NFL isn’t looking too great with owners like Snyder Davis and the Browns...


6 posted on 02/03/2011 7:09:35 AM PST by MNlurker
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To: jpl

It would be interesting to know what specific statements made by the paper are false. Drawings of him with horns won’t cut it.


7 posted on 02/03/2011 7:10:25 AM PST by Defiant (There is no line on the march towards marxism that Democrats won't cross. Democrat=CPUSA)
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To: jpl
"Snyder said in the lawsuit that any monetary damages recovered would be given to groups devoted to assisting the homeless."

How about devoting it to finding a quarterback?

8 posted on 02/03/2011 7:13:00 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: Hatteras
How about devoting it to finding a quarterback?

They don't need a quarterback. They need an offensive line and a stable offensive system -- without that, any quarterback is just going to be a tackling dummy.

9 posted on 02/03/2011 7:15:14 AM PST by kevkrom (De-fund Obamacare in 2011, repeal in 2013!)
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To: Moose4

John Riggins beats him down every day on his radio broadcast. ;-)

If there ever was a reason to impeach a sitting owner...


10 posted on 02/03/2011 7:16:49 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: jpl

He probably even voted against Reagan Day...


11 posted on 02/03/2011 7:25:49 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: Hatteras

I love me some Riggo. I’ve been a Skins fan since the days of Riggins and the Hogs. It’s a natural evolution from my visceral childhood hatred of the Plowboys.

What I loved about the late-’80s Skins (as a brief resident of northern Virginia) was how normal and accessible they were. It was no big deal to see a couple of Hogs pounding beers at lunch hour around Fairfax or Herndon (during the off-season, of course). I was getting gas in Herndon once when this unexceptional three-year-old Saab 900 pulled up at the next pump...Doug Williams got out and pumped his own gas. This was the year after he won the Super Bowl!

Danny Boy has ruined that team to the point where if he gave it up today, it’d probably take a new and motivated owner years to recover and compete in a division as tough as theirs.

}:-)4


12 posted on 02/03/2011 7:26:21 AM PST by Moose4 ("By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!")
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To: jpl

It was sheer delight watching Riggo and Todd Castleberry rip this little pipsqueak apart last night on the John Riggins show! I despise Danny boy more than I can say...he’s a crook, an ass, a fool and a popinjay. He is a cancer on the Washington Redskins, The City of Washington and the NFL! He is the lowest of the low, the biggest fool at the international fools convention and the bane of every Redskin fans existence. And...I don’t like him very much.


13 posted on 02/03/2011 7:28:31 AM PST by pgkdan (Protect and Defend America! End the practice of islam on our shores before it's too late!)
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To: pgkdan; Hatteras

The nickname “Toxic Shrimp” is just awesome. It fits the man to a T.


14 posted on 02/03/2011 7:29:53 AM PST by jpl ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." - Barack Obama)
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Your right...I laughed out loud at that last night. For all the hard partying and the hits he took while playing I’ve got to say Riggo has held up damn well. He’s pretty sharp and I wouldn’t want to be on his bad side.


15 posted on 02/03/2011 7:37:55 AM PST by pgkdan (Protect and Defend America! End the practice of islam on our shores before it's too late!)
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To: jpl
... but the term 'Redskin' offends nobody important so that's ok.

what an @ss

16 posted on 02/03/2011 7:42:41 AM PST by NativeSon
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To: Defiant
I'm not a lawyer, but I think Snyder and his lawyers have a pretty good reason to claim libel. One of the things that the article specifically said was "Dan Snyder... got caught forging names as a telemarketer with Snyder Communications" is flat out wrong. I don't think you are allowed to state people are gulity of such a serious crime regardless of if they are a public figure.

Not wanting to be a Snyder apologist, but there have been more than 40 articles in the last seven months about Snyder by the City Paper. There is clearly a personal vendetta against him by this author and some of this has to do with a running fight between the Washington Post and the Redskins/Snyder. The author is buddies with Dan Steinberg at the Post and I think Snyder's lawyers will be working on that angle as well.

Ultimately, Snyder's crime is not producing a winner. When you win, nobody cares what kind of a person you are - Exhibit A - The Skins' previous owner Jack Kent Cooke.
17 posted on 02/03/2011 7:50:21 AM PST by Fry
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To: MNlurker

I lived up in NYC during the 1980’s. The way Snyder runs the redskins reminds me of the way Steinbrenner ran the Yankees during that time period. It wasn’t until he was publicly shamed on saturday night live and Seinfeld in the early 90’s that he began to change his ways. even then, he didn’t win didn’t close out the yankees longest losing streak until 1996.


18 posted on 02/03/2011 8:25:30 AM PST by ckilmer (Phi)
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To: pgkdan
I despise Danny boy more than I can say...he’s a crook, an ass, a fool and a popinjay. He is a cancer on the Washington Redskins, The City of Washington and the NFL! He is the lowest of the low, the biggest fool at the international fools convention

And this in a league that has Al Davis and Jerry Jones as owners.

19 posted on 02/03/2011 8:51:26 AM PST by kevkrom (De-fund Obamacare in 2011, repeal in 2013!)
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To: Fry
Ultimately, Snyder's crime is not producing a winner. When you win, nobody cares what kind of a person you are - Exhibit A - The Skins' previous owner Jack Kent Cooke.

Not true. Snyder's crime has been his wanton destruction of a storied franchise. He took one of the premier teams of the NFL and made it a laughing stock. He could be forgiven for not having a winner if it weren't for the fact that every singler bad move by the Redskins in over 10 years was done at his direction! From the horrible fan experience at FedEx (which improved somewhat this year) to the terrible, stupid, boneheaded personnel moves, ie hiring McNabb and Haynesworth and the revolving door to the head coach's office. I mean really...who else in the NFL would have hired Jim Zorn as head coach and then once that stupid move was made who else, (besides Al Davis) would have treated the gguy in such a disrespectful, shabby and dishonest way? No sorry my friend but Snyder is guilty on many, many crimes...not just of not producing a winner.

20 posted on 02/03/2011 9:59:04 AM PST by pgkdan (Protect and Defend America! End the practice of islam on our shores before it's too late!)
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Again - Not trying to be an apologist for Snyder. I'm not. I bleed burgundy and gold. The guy has screwed up with "my team" over and over. My point is that if the Skins had three more Lombardis in the trophy case under Snyder's reign, the City Paper wouldn't be running articles blaming him for the vendors selling expired peanuts. (Which is one the "crimes" listed about him.) Instead it would be full of the stories about his charities, how willing he has been to spend on the team and how he does stuff like let Albert Haynesworth use the team jet to fly to his half brother's funeral. It would all be sunshine and gumdrops from the media around here. I don't think he should be given a pass for anything he has done that is wrong with the team or in his public life. He has screwed up, big time. However, I'll stand by my belief that if the team was successful on the field, this cottage industry of constantly writing everything negative possible about the guy wouldn't exist.

From the time Gibbs left the first time until Snyder purchased the team, the Skins had a .380 winning percentage and plenty of terrible personnel decisions. (Shuler? Westbrook? Andre Johnson?) Since Snyder brought the team, a .447 winning percentage. Not acceptable. Not good enough by any stretch but if anything, really just continuing the trend that started after Gibbs left.

Snyder has added too many seats, but FedEx is a mess because of Cooke as far as I am concerned. He built it on the cheap so it could be done before he died. It got built there because he made too many enemies to build it elsewhere (And naming it Raljon? Seriously?)

At 6-2 the Zorn hire was being called brilliant. At 4-12 a disaster. Same guy right? His record is what the hire is judged on. Exact same thing with the Broncos and McDaniels.

Most of the last TWENTY years has been brutal. I still love my team though.
21 posted on 02/03/2011 12:50:31 PM PST by Fry
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To: Fry
One of the things that the article specifically said was "Dan Snyder... got caught forging names as a telemarketer with Snyder Communications" is flat out wrong.

If that statement is false, he has a case. He'd still have to endure a depo where his entire life is examined, as his damages are based on the damage to his reputation. It's often not worth it for people to go through that. I only commented because the excerpt made it seem like he was complaining about negative opinions expressed about him, which are not actionable.

22 posted on 02/03/2011 7:09:59 PM PST by Defiant (There is no line on the march towards marxism that Democrats won't cross. Democrat=CPUSA)
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To: jpl

He should sell the team to Limbaugh. ;o)


23 posted on 02/03/2011 9:32:57 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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