Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder is still trying to sue the Washington City Paper. Snyder originally filed suit against the WCP in February over an unflattering November 2010 profile by the sportswriter Dave McKenna. At the time, Snyder complained that the art accompanying McKenna's piece--a photo of Snyder with devil horns and a goatee scribbled on in Magic Marker--resembled "an anti-Semitic caricature."
Snyder announced yesterday in The Washington Post that he's refiling his suit. He didn't say anything about anti-Semitic caricatures this time, but he did take issue with a part of McKenna's article that reads: "That's the Dan Snyder who got caught forging names as a telemarketer with Snyder Communications." Snyder calls this assertion "false" and "an unretracted lie."
Is Snyder winning hearts and minds with this latest volley? He is not; the Post op-ed has attracted pretty much nothing but derision. Below, a sampling of the jeers:
Aaron Morrissey at the blog DCist suggests that Snyder's real motivation here is to "to make sure no one forgets that he's acting like a petulant child."
Sarah Schorno Kogod at NBC Washington writes that Snyder's Post piece "has taken an issue that people have moved on from and thrust it back into the spotlight." Kogod mildly notes that "perhaps he's failing to realize that damage to Dan Snyder's integrity might be coming from Dan Snyder ... To see their team's owner be more concerned with how a lawsuit makes him look [than with the team itself] might not give fans a good feeling about the direction of their team."
Brad Andrews at BuffaLowDown--a blog dedicated to the Buffalo Bills, who are based in Buffalo, New York, a city hundreds of miles from Washington, D.C.--calls Snyder "a scumbag" and his op-ed "ridiculous."
The sports-humor blog Kissing Suzy Kolber offers line-by-line riffs on Snyder's op-ed. Snyder: "I am the son of a University of Missouri School of Journalism graduate whose professional pedigree includes working at United Press International and National Geographic." KSK: "Journalism courses through his veins. His plasma is rich in both platelets and integrity." Snyder: "I am not thin-skinned about personal criticism." KSK: [GIF of Paul Rudd's character in Wet Hot American Summer doing a double-take].
And finally, Glenn Davis at SportsGrid points out that the "forging" claim, the one that has Snyder so upset, is substantiated further down in McKenna's article. "That, simply put, happened," writes Davis. "If disputing the 'forging' line is the best Snyder can do when that same claim is explained in greater detail later in the story, and if the City Paper indeed 'offered Snyder the opportunity to publish a guest column responding to the article,' he doesn't have much better of a case than anyone thinks he does."