The news is out this morning that Dan Snyder, owner of the Redskins, is looking to sue the Washington City Paper over their November story about the owner’s difficult relationship with fans over the years, entitled the Cranky Redskins Fan’s Guide to Dan Snyder. Snyder alleges that the author of the story, Dave McKenna, has defamed him personally, and is seeking to have him fired from the alt weekly. Snyder has now allegedly threatened to sue McKenna and his employer, and has requested that the Washington Post retain all emails between McKenna and sports blogger extraordinaire Daniel Steinberg, over a “cross promotion deal,” which only serves to point out how Snyder views the Internet.
It’s sad to see a sports owner not taking his lumps like a man, and worse still to see him going after local journalists who write negatively about him. Some advice for Danny S from me? Thicken that skin and reserve your legal ire for people like Albert Haynesworth, who did more to harm the franchise with its fans than the City Paper piece. Why not sue him, too?