City Desk

On the Matter of Dan Snyder’s Horns

Dan SnyderOne of the claims in the letter Washington Redskins general counsel David Donovan sent to Atalaya Capital Management, the hedge fund that controls the parent company of Washington City Paper, is that the cover story on Dan Snyder that we ran in November was anti-Semitic.

"How would you react if you were vilified by an anti-Semitic caricature of you?" Donovan asks. The letter calls the cover illustration "extremely insulting, offensive, and disturbing."

Where, exactly, to begin with that? For the record: The story didn't mention Snyder's religion at all. And the illustration is meant to resemble the type of scribbling that teenagers everywhere have been using to deface photos for years. The image of Snyder doesn't look like an "anti-Semitic caricature"—it looks like a devil.

But we at City Paper take accusations of anti-Semitism seriously—in part because many of us are Jewish, including staffers who edited the story and designed the cover. So let us know, Mr. Snyder, when you want to fight the real anti-Semites.

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  1. #1

    grasping at straws. what did he think he would gain by all of this? in the end, he's getting fleeced by some attorneys who know a money pit when they see one.

  2. #2

    The media needs to lay off of Mr. Snyder. He is the BEST owner ever. The team's consistent record of success on the field during his tenure, and the warmth the average fan feels in his/her heart for the owner speak for themselves.

  3. #3

    Jimbo: Are you HIGH!? Snyder's a joke! What's with all your mushy gushy crap! REAL Skins fans know how this guy is. You're an idiot

  4. #4

    I love you guys so much. Give 'em hell! And shalom.

  5. #5

    That's awfully bold for someone to complain about when they run a team called the REDSKINS.

  6. #6

    "many of us are Jewish"

    Ah Ha!

  7. #7

    @Sknzchk21 you need your irony detector replaced

  8. #8

    As a longtime 'Skins' fan & ticket holder since I was little kid (we're talkin' Eddie LeBaron, Griffith Stadium, etc.), if Snyder doesn't leave town, I will. Had enough of him.

  9. #9

    Gee. I thought Snyder's marked up photo was meant to depict a redskin with pigtails.

  10. #10

    This is the final nail in the City Paper, Good Bye!

  11. #11

    As a lifelong Giant fan, can your pain get any more intense? Get rid of Snyder and give us back our previously worthy opponent.

  12. #12

    I support free speech and the first amendment. I wish all the best to this paper in it's counter-lawsuit and that it stands up to this bully-Snyder.

    Mr Snyder is a public figure and seems to be an awful owner. His trades have turned into real losses and hiring Mike Shanahan was "really smart."

    Snyder just might be the worst owner in all of professional sports and he might have the "smartest libel lawyers ever," but his "public relations skills" are horrible.

    Isn't this the same guy--Snyder who told fans they could not wear certain types of clothing--with writing at to the games? I thought so.

    Mr Snyder ain't no George Steinbrenner or Mark Cuban, either.

    Fans should boycott the Redskins until Snyder sells the team too!!! Just don't go to the games any more. Just do it and stay home on Sunday's!!!

  13. #13

    Rick Mangus: do you promise? You'll go away? Don't tease us now.

    Sknzchk21: Not so good at recognizing sarcasm, are you?

    Even if everything Snyder contends is untrue was not put in the article what's left is still damning enough to make Snyder the worst owner in all of American sports.

    This former diehard will always have love for the Burgundy-and-Gold, but Snyder will never see another dime of my money. I haven't been to a game in three years (after having been to games in each of the previous 28 seasons straight!). With Snyder being a couple years younger than me that might mean I'll never see them play again.

    So be it.

    $nyder destroyed the Redskins. I'm done with him.

  14. #14

    Mr Snyder,

    Please bring the Redskins back into DC and all will be forgiven.


  15. #15

    How does this disingenuous jerk have the gall to falsely cry slur while at the same time profiting mightily off a team he insists on still calling The REDSKINS?!?

  16. #16

    No 'Kevin' I plan to be with you forever!

  17. #17

    Dan Snyder----

    Best Owner in the History of Sports!!!

    Cleanest Owner in the History of Sports!!!


    Dan Snyder is God Himself!!!

    When Dan Snyder walks the earth be sure to have your mouth taped up with some really fine band aids.

    Dan Snyder is God's gift to humanity!!!

    And he makes the best trade acquistions ever in the history of the NFL!!!

    Vomit Bags are on sale today too.

  18. #18

    It's obvious that too many of the wrong people own sports teams these days.

    What do I mean by that? Not understanding the sports culture.

    The Redskins will be looked at as wimps from now on with this lawsuit.

    I guess Rex Ryan would not be able to criticize this team in the future either with the threat of a lawsuit.

    One cannot believe in free speech part-time, either.

    I hope the paper can get the necessary witnesses to testify whether Snyder forged names though.

    This lawsuit is tragically comical and farcical. Snyder is a real piece and then some....

  19. #19

    Awesome image. Where can I buy it on a burgundy and gold T-shirt?

  20. #20

    Yeah, and that Duchamp guy was an anti-Semite, too:

  21. #21

    The complaint actually refers to "horns, bushy eyebrows and dollar signs" -- where are the dollar signs? I don't see any. WTF?

  22. #22

    As a Giants fan, I don't care what Snyder does with his team, after all , it is his team.

    That some of the editors and staff of this so-called journalistic endeavor claim to be Jewish is actually worse than if they were not and could plead ignorance of this traditional anti-Semitic stereotype. Instead, they are just stupid.

    Like many Jewish members of Congress who go out of their way to be critical of Israel and show little support of the Jewish state, these members of the 4th estate are an embarrassment.

    Just because Snyder is a public figure does not give people carte blanche to subject him to anti-Semitism. Criticize how he runs his team/business - that is expected with such little to show for it over the years.

  23. #23

    Dan's a brilliant builder of greatness. First he is the greatest laughing stock of the NFL as a team owner. Now he can be the greatest publicity hound ever.

  24. #24

    @ Rick Mangus - So you are not a person of integrity? No surprise there...

    @ Sandork Horn - Apparently, you wouldn't recognize Anti-Semitism if it fell on top of you...

  25. #25

    Notice how the Snyder camp is the only one talking about anti semitism?

    Where can I buy that image on a T shirt? I'd get them for my kids. Sort of like howChwrkis got the onesie for his.

  26. #26

    Snyder is like a 3 year old in the sand box. He does not share and when he plays with his toys (Redskins) he breaks them the same day they are bought. He charges an outrageous amount of money to watch a team play that cannot get it together. If this is how he wants to throw his tantrum let him, but he will learn that the Bill of Rights can withstand his huffing and puffing and jumping up and down.

  27. #27

    "antisemitism"... HAHAHHA!!!!!!!!! These days you're a fukkin' anti-semite if you sneeze on a Tuesday. Everyone must die immediately.

  28. #28

    This stuff is getting really nasty. That message from Snyder’s lawyers is really ugly and strong-arming. They claim that the City Paper attacked his wife and degraded her and that the devil picture is anti semitic. I find that incredibly ironic that they would choose those charges since he has been under so much heat over the name of the team. He is sure to bring a heavy dose of that argument once again to the Skins doorstep.

  29. #29

    Wow, thats all I can say after reading the article about dan snyder. I'm a Ravens fan and I truly feel for skins fans that have to put up with this terrible owner. I thought Peter Angelos was bad.

  30. #30

    @Sandford Horn - There is no law against just being anti-Semitic or saying anti-semitic things and the fact that Snyder is a public figure does not matter. Redskins fans hate him, hence the devil horns. It's that simple. He is obviously a thin skinned jerk who thinks it's all about him and is willing to play the "anti Semitic" card to get his way.

  31. chief white halfoat

    "the illustration is meant to resemble the type of scribbling that teenagers everywhere have been using to deface photos for years."

    Must bring back memories of high school for Danny boy....

  32. #32

    While I agree that the lawsuit is idiotic and have no love for Mr. Snyder, those at WCO who don't understsand the objection about the devil's horns need to learn a little history. I got it, I get it, about it representing what kids everywhere do, but it is inappropriate when used in a newspaper on a Jewish person. It just takes on a different meaning to those who familiar with the history of anti-semitism. That said, great article...

  33. #33

    I meant, of course, WCP and "...those who are familiar..."

  34. #34

    where do we send checks for City Paper's defense fund. and I'm serious.

  35. #35

    Snyder is a pathetic man to be pulling this stunt. I am Jewish and was puzzled by his claims of antisemitism - he is really grasping at straws here.

    The total transparency on the part of the City Paper really confirms that Snyder is nothing more than an sniveling overpaid idiot who has made a HUGE fool of himself (again!)

  36. #36

    He seems awfully thinskinned for a man in the public eye.
    Every Owner, GM or Coach is a hero or a goat from season to season.
    If Mr Snyder can't handle a little schoolyard taunting, he is unfit to be in the league
    and should be removed by NFL.

    The players take lots of crap from fans, even fans take crap from fans.

    Personally I don't care, as I am not a fan.

  37. #37

    don't cry danny boy. accept the truth no one likes you

  38. #38

    If the midget Snyder continues with this rediculous lawsuit (as it appears he will), I hope the City Paper will begin taking donations from Redskin Fans/Snyder Haters like myself so that it can defend itself.

  39. #39

    As a child of Holocaust survivors, religious Jew, and contributor to the current Holocaust Museum exhibit on propaganda, I don't understand how the instantly recognizable illustration of Dan Synder as the devil can be considered anti-Semitic. I have never seen an anti-Semitic illustration that shows horns without also showing a hook nose, the two alleged characteristics of Jews that somehow survived from the middle ages.

    I am more concerned that Mr. Snyder is helping to turn into reality the stereotype that Jews are self-centered and money-grubbing. Do we really need to add Snyder to the list of embarrassments like Jack Abramoff and Bernie Madoff? I am at a loss to explain why anyone would support the Redskins when there are mensches who own local sports teams like Ted Leonsis.

  40. #40

    well heck, if you can drive Rick Mangus to stop commenting, this will have all been worthwhile.

  41. #41

    Hilarious that Danny is upset about fans we've been pretty PO'd for awhile. The article is just venting and it's obvious it should be taken with a grain of salt. Lighten up people.

    Funny thing is Mr. Snyder's reputation preceded his ownership of the Redskins. My ex-husband worked for a company that regularly worked at the Snyder home so he saw what a "not-so-nice" guy he is first hand. Perhaps, Danny should worry more about fixing the team and let that defend his reputation instead of whining because someone is picking on him.

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