City Desk

Snyder Sues

It's Super Bowl week, but instead of preparing to take on the AFC champions, Dan Snyder is taking on a newspaper article. Several months after he was the subject of a Washington City Paper cover story, the owner of the Redskins has filed suit over our coverage.

Snyder's suit was filed late Wednesday—curiously, in New York, rather than in any of the Washington-area jurisdictions where City Paper circulates.

Earlier in the day, City Paper publisher Amy Austin published a letter to readers defending columnist Dave McKenna's reporting. The Snyder suit specifies four alleged misstatements in the story, and also claims that a cover illustration depicting Snyder with horns and a goatee was anti-Semitic. We expect the claims to be defended vigorously. We've also made clear that we think the allegation of bigotry is sensationalistic and absurd.

The bottom line is: It's sad that Snyder, who has such a public relations apparatus at his disposal, has chosen to turn to litigation instead—especially in a court deep in Giants country.

Read Snyder's full complaint after the jump.

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  1. #1

    What a douche bag. After 800 negative comments about Little Prick Danny today on the WAPO website, he still digs deeper.

    Someone PLEASE teach him the first rule of holes.

    When you are in one stop fucking digging!

  2. #2

    Snyder's amoral
    Is CP going to set up a defence fund, and how can I contribute?

  3. #3

    How do I get a subscription to your paper? Anyone who stands up to Snyder gets my support

  4. #4


  5. #5

    What a moron! He's clearly looking to recoup some of the $100 Million he dropped on Haynesworth. GO CITY PAPER GO!

  6. #6

    What a lame pleading. Can't believe he's asking for a jury trial. What group of 12 normal people would believe any of this?

    He's a prick. A spoiled prick.

  7. #7

    This might be the greatest local story ever. Can you imagine a trial where lawyers argue every one of of Snyder's mistakes. Its a fucking gold mine for embarrassing news stories.

  8. #8

    Isn't it ironic that the owner of a team with a racial slur for a nickname is concerned about something being anti-semetic. Once you allow/approve of racial slurs you open yourself up to racial slurs. The team name should be changed before this lawsuit is allowed to progress any further.

  9. #9

    I would love to know what happened to the people that were organizing the anti-Snyder campaign last year. All of a sudden they disappeared. I guess Snyder got to them and threatened to sue.

  10. #10

    The first thing that is interesting about this suit is that it wanders aimlessly into areas that are not likely to found defensible or provable in a court of law. Namely, the issue of investment in funds and restaurants as well as the most specious claim of all which is Anti-Semitism.

  11. #11

    Will his paid hacks on NBC 4 report on this story? Or will they ignore it in the hopes that he keeps payign them to shill for his crappy ass team?

  12. #12

    City Paper:
    How can we help? An attack on one of our papers is an attack on us. If you can establish a defense fund, my checkbook is ready.

  13. #13

    Please give us the address to your legal defense fund. This aggression from the mental midget will not stand.

  14. Mike from Virginia

    Oh Danny Boy, the pipes aren't calling ...

  15. #15

    Leave the 'Deadskin" owner and his play toys to his own demise . Spoiled idiots should not be supported by thinking adults . He is a wannabe bully !We should all be in prayer for all who are subject to the whims of this brat in this NFL organization . Maybe he is the reincarnation of the the past, Marshall and the last Billionare Bully . This is the Deadskin Legacy !

  16. #16

    I'm no longer a Redskin fan!

  17. #17

    Have you read the lawsuit? Claiming "damage to his reputation?" Please, he's done that all on his own. Claiming anti-Semitism? How dare he even go there. This is "abuse of wealth" in the first degree, and a shameless effort to suppress First Amendment rights. CP and Atalaya, please stand your ground. And Redskins fans, maybe it's time to send a clear message: BOYCOTT!!!

  18. #18

    If this article has been so injurious to Snyder and his professional life, why has he promised to donate the money to charity?

  19. #19

    Derp Derp
    I'm going to treat these annoying journalists like I do my team, throw money at the problem.

  20. Just Another Joker"

    like another Joker in DC, he's probably not interested in winning, just getting in a good financial punch, milking a few WCP funds and tying the papers attorneys up in a lawsuit that will span a few years with the right liberal appeal-averse judge. See

  21. #21

    Just like another joker in DC, he's probably not interested in winning, just getting in a good financial bullying, milking a few WCP funds and tying the papers attorneys up in a lawsuit that will span a few years with the right liberal appeal-averse judge. See

  22. #22

    Your editorial cartoon is revolting.

    Only a degenerate moron publishes a cartoon of a Jewish businessman with horns.

    I don't care if / how badly you think he is mismanaging the Redskins. If you did a cartoon of a Black team owner with big lips, eating watermelon and fried chicken you would be in the morgue already, and almost everyone writing letters here would say you deserved it.

    I hope his suit bankrupts you.

  23. #23

    "The Snyder suit specifies four alleged misstatements in the story" Guess that means he agrees the rest are true.

  24. #24

    Dismiss the case by saying and PROVING that Jew are NOT REALLY SEMITES!!! Google - jews not semites... It is ALL right there.....

  25. #25

    Devil horns, bushy eyebrows and $$$ are anti-semitic? That's rich. Its nice that the complaint establishes an allegedly competitive relationship between Snyder and the Paper. That might open the door to counterclaims. If I were on the jury, I would be happy to give the Paper a $1 billion dollar judgment in its favor and put Snyder out of business once and for all. Snyder's complaint however states absolutely zero facts that would tie the action into NY State, and it therefore cannot survive a jurisdictional challenge.

  26. #26

    I can't say enough bad things about Dan Snyder. Please let us know where we can send checks for your legal defense fund.

  27. #27

    Just so you know, the Snyder-owned extremeskins message board is now blocking access to posters who criticize the owner or this lawsuit. Yep, too many critical comments and you start getting a "The server is too busy" response.

    But guess what? Clear your cache and the message magically disappears and access is restored! Sign in again and - lo and behold! - the "server is too busy" again!

    What a cretin. Of course this shouldn't be surprising given the respect he shows the First Amendment with this ridiculous suit.

    What a horrible, horrible subhuman he is.

  28. #28

    Dear Bob,

    If seeing that picture immediately evokes images of antisemitism, and you seriously see it on par with drawing a black person with big lips and a watermelon, that says more about you than it does about the WCP.

  29. #29

    What a joke, what an ass! He even say's in the suit he expects comment and ridicule. I hope you hire the best first amendment lawyers and counter sue...heck, sue for the Redskins. Dave McKenna could probably run them better than Snyder has!!! My checkbook is ready and waiting if a defense fund is set up!

  30. #30

    A description of "DisHonest Dan"
    Wannabe Bully
    I will stop there because if I don't I will have carpal Tunnel Syndrome when I finish!

  31. #31

    For Snyder (or rather his PR hacks, since no one has heard from Mr Snyder himself) to claim anti-antisemitism over that cartoon markup is despicable.

    Yet, coming from this craven juvenile punk, not surprising.

    Can he conjure up any more sleazy tactics to confirm he utterly lacks character and integrity?

    Snyder's actions thus far have done much more damage than the original article.

  32. #32

    Bears fan from New Jersey here, no ties to DC or the Skins. However, i do believe in free speech and freedom of the press and am totally on your side in this. Please publish the details of your legal defense fund, if you have one.

    Kick his ass!!!

  33. #33

    Bob, did you go to elementary school? Ever see anybody draw a mustache and horns on a picture? It's the most childish, dumbest way to deface a picture. It's not anti-Semitic. Get a grip. In fact, there are in the Gallery Place Metro where somebody drew mustaches on pictures of a local TV news sports team. Is that anti-Semitic?

  34. #34

    "Your editorial cartoon is revolting. Only a degenerate moron publishes a cartoon of a Jewish businessman with horns."

    The only thing revolting here is your faux indignation. And equating an image of a Jew with horns vs. a black person eating watermelon and fried chicken is false equivalence.
    Please, get over your self-loathing.

  35. #35

    The most interesting thing to me is that no one at yourpaper thought twice about the cartoon, as if no would even notice the obvious slur. It's typical that you
    goiyim are so blind to the world around you that you don't even pause.
    I don;t object to objective reporting but you show how stupid you are to ignore the obvious.

  36. #36

    How can I contribute to the defense fund? Please, please let me do this.

  37. #37

    HAHA...hope they shut the paper down because McKenna is jealous of Snyder. If you are going to accuse someone of better have some proof. Perception of what the articles states. Can McKenna write about anything else...44 anti S...nyder articles in 8 months !! Dude needs to get a life. I wish Snyder could do what they are doing in Egypt and round up all the journalist. Journalism has become opinion and not based on any facts anymore. "My sources say ".....what the hell is that. My sources say that the City Paper has journalist that could not get jobs at a real newspaper to they write crap. Anyone can hide behind an article and a source. The 1st amendment was so the government cannot block the media. It was not so jerks like McKenna can attack people and get away with it. Hope they shut them down....if you are gonna throw sticks to waken the better be ready to fight him when he

  38. #38

    Donald -- who are you calling a goy?

    Mike Madden
    Managing editor, Washington City Paper/Congregation Har Shalom Confirmation Class of 1992

  39. #39

    You guys rock! I read your article for the first time yesterday and after trying at first to not laugh out loud, I lapsed into a coma of disgust at what this man(I use the term loosely) has done for pure personal gain. Feel free to sue me, Mr. Snyder, for questioning your manhood.

    A True Football Fan

  40. #40

    Stop running this paper like a high school newspaper and grow-up children! The court of law, not you're court of public opinion counts and you all will lose, BIG TIME! A suggestion to the staff, update you're resumes NOW!

  41. #41

    After reading the lawsuit, I have a guess why they filed suit in state court in NYC.

    The lawsuit emphasizes the claim of antisemitism (from the illustration accompanying the article). NYC still has a considerable Jewish population. My speculation is that they are hoping that a NYC jury is more likely to sustain a claim of antisemitism.


  42. #42

    I personally believe Dan is Satan himself - just masquerading as a person of Jewish faith.

    And Bob, until this article I, as I am sure many people who are not bigots/racist by nature, had no idea Dan was one of Judaism beliefs or followings.

    Now that I know, I did some reading on what Satan is to the Jewish religion. I found it to translate to yetzer ra.

    Then I found the following definition on

    "The yetzer ra is more difficult to define, because there are many different ideas about it. It is not a desire to do evil in the way we normally think of it in Western society: a desire to cause senseless harm. Rather, it is usually conceived as the selfish nature, the desire to satisfy personal needs (food, shelter, sex, etc.) without regard for the moral consequences of fulfilling those desires. "

    After reading the Jewish interpretation of Satan/The devil, I feel it may help confirm my personal as well as Mr. McKenna's opinion. Dan Snyder is the devil.

  43. #43

    "Dave McKenna's reporting" ... How oxymoronic of you, City Paper.

  44. #44

    I've been fair-minded and given Snyder the benefit of the doubt -- until now. His suit papers read like the rant of a whiney, petulant, spoiled brat. PR stupidity and legal frivolity that surely will backfire badly.

    And filing suit in New York? Well, Snyder lives in VA, the Redskins play in MD, and the Washington City Paper is based in DC. So choosing a NY venue is a punk move.

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