Daniel Snyder's alligator desks
This item used to concern a report in The New York Post about Daniel Snyder buying fancy alligator-skin desks from a fancy New York furniture store for his office at FedEx Field. The Redskins are strongly refuting the report, saying that:
1) Daniel Snyder doesn't even have an office at FedEx Field, and
2) Neither Daniel Snyder nor anyone at the Redskins has bought any alligator-skin desks, from this or any other store.
This is a strong, unequivocal, 100 percent, categorical denial of the story. My faith in the veracity of the New York Post's reporting about D.C. sports figures has, yet again, been shattered. I blame Peter Vecsey.
UPDATE: The team issued a release about the report, with on-the-record denials.
"Number one," said COO Dave Donovan, "Dan does not have an office at FedEx Field. Second, he has no need for new desks at any of his offices. We are demanding a retraction from the New York Post....The store should be embarrassed about making up a story in order to sell furniture."
"The story is crazy," Snyder said. "I don't even own a pair of alligator shoes."
(An e-mailer points out that maybe I should also blame myself for passing along a tabloid report without calling the Redskins for comment. That's a fair point. So, my apologies; I was wrong.)
The idea this offseason is that Daniel Snyder is taking a step back from football operations, blending seamlessly into the background, and allowing the football professionals to do their jobs.
This means, of course, that he has lots of time on his hands, with which to do strange celebrity things like buy six-figure pieces of furniture and party with Cameron Diaz.
I'll get to Diaz later, but the furniture story comes from the New York Post, provided it wasn't actually sneaked in there by The Onion.
Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder just spent $600,000 on two alligator leather desks with matching alligator-skin chairs for his offices at FedExField in Landover, Md. Snyder ordered the desks from the new Giorgio's of Palm Beach store on Madison Avenue. A rep for the store said, "Mr. Snyder ordered two desks and two chairs, and they will be delivered in around six weeks."
1) Why does he need desks at his FedEx Field offices, anyhow? Filing a lot of expense reports during game day?
2) Again with the Gators fixation?
3) Did he ever consider asking Jim Zorn for a coyote-skin desk?
4) This story about Redskins layoffs was published 14 months ago:
Several of those let go on Wednesday said Chief Operating Officer Mitch Gershman told them the team was shedding about 30 employees because of financial difficulties caused by the economy and a decrease in revenue.
If you're one of those laid off employees, punished by economic realities, who now sees the boss spending $600,000 on flat surfaces to rest his game-day gin, you're feeling pretty good about life, right?
5) If I'm not mistaken, the price tag for these dead animal desks was remarkably similar to the one-year veteran minimum salary. That's usually what, say, Ethan Albright makes. So your long snapper is valued the same as a piece of furniture. That's awesome, yes?
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