Tag:Daniel Snyder
Posted on: September 10, 2011 11:34 pm

Daniel Snyder drops libel lawsuit vs. newspaper

Daniel Snyder dropped his libel lawsuit against Washington City Paper (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Though the Redskins didn’t release the information until Saturday night -- on the day before the season opener no less, where they were hoping it would slip silently into the night -- we, along with the rest of the Redskins scribes, want to make sure you know that the free press has won a battle against Washington owner Daniel Snyder.

In a release on the Redskins website, the team announced that he has dismissed his libel lawsuit against the Washington City Paper.

Here’s the statement from team spokesman Tony Wyllie: “The lawsuit was pursued as a means to correct the public record following several critical factual misstatements in the Washington City Paper article. In the course of the defendants’ recently filed pleadings and statements in this matter, the Washington City Paper and its writer have admitted that certain assertions contained in the article that are the subject of the lawsuit were, in fact, unintended by the defendants to be read literally as true.

"Therefore, we see nothing further to be gained at this time through continuing the lawsuit. We prefer to focus on the coming football season and the business at hand.

"We remain committed to assisting with responsible reportage of the team and the many people involved in our organization, including Dan Snyder, and the principle that the truth and the facts matter in responsible journalism has been vindicated."

Snyder originally sued the paper and Dave McKenna for $2 million, because McKenna had written a tongue-in-check story called “The Cranky Redskins Fan's Guide to Dan Snyder," where a picture of Snyder with hand-drawn horns and facial hair was featured.

It was a ridiculous action taken by Snyder -- who said all he wanted was an apology (he, of course, didn’t get one, which was why he sued in the first place).

Here is part of the paper’s statement in response to Snyder dropping the lawsuit:

From the beginning, we have believed that Snyder's lawsuit was a baseless one, designed to intimidate a journalist and a publication that have been among his most persistent critics. We've also argued -- in our pages, and in court -- that our article never said any of the allegedly libelous things Snyder claimed it did. As we defended ourselves, we got unprecedented support from loyal readers who donated thousands of dollars of their own money to help us protect our rights. And we were fortunate to have an ownership group who understood the stakes and stood by us. We're confident that the court would have seen things our way, too, thanks to the strong laws the District of Columbia has in place to protect free speech. But we're also glad that it won't have to go that far.

City Paper is a small news organization with limited resources, and defending ourselves against this lawsuit has cost massive amounts of time and money, well beyond the $34,308.91 that readers have contributed to our legal defense fund. Despite those costs, we are proud that we never wavered or allowed ourselves to be bullied, ultimately leading Snyder to dismiss his case. Though the District’s anti-SLAPP law says courts “may” have awarded us some of our litigation costs had we pursued them, we concluded that it wasn’t worth spending substantially more money, energy, and attention for what would have only been a chance of recovering a portion of what we've spent.

Today, we got what we wanted all along: dismissal of a case expressly designed to pressure us, and filed by a man who now apparently says he never even read the story in the first place.

And good triumphs over silly lawsuits.

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Posted on: February 28, 2011 2:25 pm

Redskins make it final, release Portis

Washington released C. Portis after a good run (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The only surprising aspect of the Redskins announcement today that they had released RB Clinton Portis was that the announcement hadn’t been made Sunday.

As we pointed out the other day, Portis had a great run in Washington, but he had missed 19 games the past two seasons because of injuries, and considering he will turn 30 in September and will cost Washington $8.2 million for the 2011 season, this move was expected.

Especially with the solid play of backup Ryan Torain last season.

“Clinton provided excitement from the very first time he touched the ball as a Redskin and we were lucky to witness every ounce of energy, effort and passion he has given ever since,” Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder said in a statement. “We have been through a lot both on and off of the field and we would like to wish him and his family the very best. He will always be a Redskin and go down as one of the franchise’s all-time greats.”

Portis also released a statement through the team:  “I would like to thank the organization. Dan [Snyder] and Mike [Shanahan] were honest, straight-up people with me. I always appreciated the opportunity from Dan to play here. Being a Redskin was a special part of my life. Coming and being in that organization, I turned from a kid having fun to a man carrying responsibilities. I tried to put the world on my shoulders for Coach Gibbs and the Redskins fans.”

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Posted on: February 8, 2011 12:55 pm

Hot Routes 2.8.11: Two sides of Vick

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Vick didn’t get out of the ceremony unscathed, though. As this YouTube video will attest. To be fair, though, take the video with a grain of salt. It’s hard to tell if Vick even heard the radio guy or looked at him.
  • If you’re thinking new Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden will contact QB Carson Palmer to make a pitch at him to stay in Cincinnati, think again. Gruden will wait until Palmer’s job status is sorted out before making contact.
  • Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post thinks the Super Bowl has become too bloated.
  • If you were driving in the Washington D.C. area Sunday night, there’s a pretty good chance you were given a ticket by Maryland or Virginia police. Forty-two drivers were arrested on DUI suspicion.
  • The Washington City Paper has announced the Washington City Paper Defense Fund so the outlet can fight the multi-million dollar lawsuit leveled at it by Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. Apparently, the newspaper is getting plenty of support from its readers.

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Posted on: February 4, 2011 2:35 pm

Snyder didn't get apology; now he's suing

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

By now, you might have heard that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is suing the Washington City Paper for $2 million and unspecified punitive damages, saying the paper and staff writer Dave McKenna have libeled him.

Though it had been reported earlier that Snyder wanted McKenna to lose his job, he told reporters, including the Washington Post, that all he wanted was an apology.

"We were hoping that he'd apologize, hoping they'd say sorry," Snyder said Friday afternoon in Dallas. "All they had to do was apologize and retract their lies."

He’s suing because the paper ran an article called “The Cranky Redskins Fan's Guide to Dan Snyder," where a picture of Snyder with hand-drawn horns and facial hair was featured. Snyder said the article was anti-Semitic, but the paper has stood by its story.

More from Snyder’s interview (via the Post) Friday:

"My father was a journalist," Snyder said. "And I've never sued anybody in the media. And I handle criticism -- I mean, I get that all day long. You guys made a living off it. And that's fine; that's your job and I respect that. But you can't call people names, criminals. You can't make fun of someone's wife and her effort for breast cancer awareness as national spokesperson for the National Football League as a breast cancer survivor. It's just wrong.

"What's wrong is wrong, and this is wrong. And this guy crossed the line. Even if he does any homework, I don't know him. It's not personal. This is just an issue where somebody did something flat-out wrong."

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Posted on: January 6, 2011 5:30 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 5:31 pm

Campbell says he was Redskins 'scapegoat'

J. Campbell said he was Washington's scapegoat before he left for Oakland (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Not surprisingly, Raiders QB Jason Campbell, coming off a decently-successful season in Oakland, doesn’t look back on his time with the Redskins especially fondly. Or, you know, you could say he’s actually pretty bitter about the whole thing.

In fact, he told Washington-based blog Mr. Irrelevant that he was the team’s scapegoat.

“That last season I put up really good numbers, and my star running back was out,” Campbell told the blog. “Clinton Portis was out for most of the season. Then Ladell Betts came in and got hurt. We lost Chris Samuels. We lost our right guard and our right tackle.

“So you’re still out there fighting hard in every game … and there were a lot of close games we should’ve won.

“The fact that I was the scapegoat for all of that, it really stung a little bit. It was tough.”

Campbell also had this to say about his former boss, owner Daniel Snyder.

“I was always trying to put my heart into everything (the Redskins) did. The owner or whatever it was, the owner was always pointing the finger at me. It was always like people were out to get me.”

Campbell has a point (though he does come off a bit paranoid). In 2009, he threw for 3,618 yards, 20 TDs and 15 INTs, and he had the best statistical stats of his career. But Redskins coach Mike Shanahan couldn’t get him out of D.C. fast enough, and at first, it did sound like a good plan (who wouldn’t basically trade Campbell for Donovan McNabb at that point?).

But Campbell has the last laugh. Sort of. Sure, he doesn’t have a head coach at the moment, even if the Raiders are coming off an 8-8 season. Of course, he also doesn’t play for a team whose top quarterback currently is Rex Grossman.

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Posted on: December 29, 2010 12:33 pm

Hot Routes 12.29.10: Doing good deeds

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- Ever wonder what happens to all the pink wristbands, gloves, cleats and towels that NFL players use during the month of October to raise awareness about breast cancer? The answer is, they’re auctioned off as part of the league’s A Crucial Catch breast cancer awareness campaign. On Tuesday, the NFL announced that the program raised more than $1 million for the American Cancer Society.

- It wouldn’t be surprising if all Bengals fans wanted to take their team to court for the way it’s played this season. One person actually is, though for alleged injuries. My man, Kimball Perry, writing for the Cincinnati Enquirer, details the lawsuit filed by Rebecca Dunn for injuries suffered in the stands during a 2009 contest.

- Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio thinks Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio has done a damn good job this season.

- The Buccaneers coaching staff has to feel a little unsettled. That’s because most of the assistants don’t have a contract for next season. Blame the potential 2011 lockout.

-  Bengals LT Andrew Whitworth, snubbed for the Pro Bowl despite winning the fan vote, can’t help but wonder if where a player was selected in the NFL Draft has an impact on his Pro Bowl status, even many years later.

- It seems unlikely Texans WR Andre Johnson will play in the Pro Bowl. Maybe Whitworth can take his spot at wide receiver.

- The Green Bay Press Gazette doesn’t think Packers T Chad Clifton and CB Charles Woodson should have been given Pro Bowl berths.

- Forbes.com writes Redskins owner Daniel Snyder should use a potential lockout as a chance to do some spring cleaning. And hire Bill Parcells.

- The San Diego Union Tribune thinks the Chargers should re-sign WR Vincent Jackson. That would probably be a popular sentiment in San Diego.

- What happened to Cardinals WR Steve Breaston, why isn’t he playing and what is his future in Arizona?

- David Garrard will have surgery on his finger Thursday and won't play in Jacksonville's game Sunday.

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Posted on: November 7, 2010 11:04 am
Edited on: November 7, 2010 11:13 am

Are the Redskins interested in Michael Vick?

Posted by Will Brinson

It's all the rage in Washington to last out at Donovan McNabb these days. Well, either that or lash at Mike Shanahan for pulling McNabb during the 'Skins two-minute drill against the Lions last Sunday.

That awkward situation between the quarterback and his coach makes the "swirling rumors" that Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk heard about Michael Vick to the Redskins all that much more interesting.

Vick will be a free agent after the 2010 season (and he'll be chatting with James Brown at noon on CBS, in case you forgot!), obviously, and if he plays the second half of the season the same way he did pre-injury (against, ironically, the Redskins), he'll be a pretty popular guy on the open market.

However, as Florio notes, there's some salt to take with this -- not just the standard rumor grain, but also the potential that this rumor's being circulated with the express purpose of rubbing it in McNabb's fresh benching-related wound.

In other words, if the Redskins are dead-set on motivating McNabb, don't put it past them let it leak back to the media (and thusly McNabb) that they're interested in replacing with the guy who replaced him at his last job.

At the very least, though, it's clear that the Redskins aren't infatuated with McNabb as a long-term answer (remember when he was sure he'd get a new contract from Washington??? Yeaaaaaaah ...) and they'll seek potential quarterback replacements in the offseason.

It certainly stands to reason that one of the NFL's flashiest owners (Daniel Snyder) would be interested in the biggest names on the free agent market (Vick).

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 10:12 pm

Vinny Cerrato takes a beating

Though Vinny Cerrato is no longer working in the Redskins front office, that didn’t stop Fanhouse’s Chris Harry from brutally taking down Washington’s former executive vice president of football operations.

Cerrato has stuck around Washington, hosting a radio show on ESPN 980, and that gives Harry all the ammunition he needs.

Cerrato needs to either shut up or just go away. He was owner Daniel Snyder’s enabler for the most abysmal run of acquisitions since the free-agency era began in 1993. Come to think of it, the Redskins ineptitude on this front seems like a perfect topic for our FanHouse NFL list of the week.

Then, Harry rehashed the top-five worst moves made by Cerrato (not counting the Albert Haynesworth deal), and yeah, they all seem pretty terrible. Names like Jeff George and Deion Sanders and money figures like $56 million (for Sanders) and $35 million (for both Adam Archuleta and Jeremiah Trotter) are bandied about.

It’s sorta like when your favorite band releases a greatest-hits album, except the complete opposite of that.

Definitely not a great day to be Haynesworth , but it’s also not a great day to be Vinny Cerrato.

--Josh Katzowitz

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