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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?

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 2, 2010; 9:47 AM ET
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I think The Dan actually traded Ethan Albright, a 3rd-round pick, and a bag of footballs for the desks.

Posted by: 0073 | March 2, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

As much as I like bashing The Danny, would rather hear the Cameron Diaz story, with pictures if available.

Posted by: dcborn61 | March 2, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Also, why does he need TWO desks for FedExField? I mean, it makes a smidgeon more sense if he wants identical desks for FedEx and for Redskins Park, but that's not what the article said.

Posted by: yatesc1 | March 2, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

money can't buy class...

Posted by: Andoy | March 2, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

This could be a sign that we're drafting Tebow...

Or maybe The Old Ball Coach(spurrier) left some furniture behind.

I wonder if Michael Vick or PETA has anything to say about this.

Posted by: boricuabopper | March 2, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

He doesn't have to answer to us for what he purchases. Get a life!

Posted by: kmfuss | March 2, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Okay, I checked out the Giorgio's of Palm Beach website ( and looked at this desk. It is UNBELIEVABLY trashy.

Posted by: charlie-s | March 2, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Folks... he's a big (figuratively speaking) boy. He can buy what he wants.

Posted by: motiongrfx | March 2, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Think of the jobs he just saved? 2 alligator wrestlers, 1 alligator skinner, 2 furniture makers, and 2 white glove delivery guys can now feed their families.
Thank you Mr. Snyder.

Wait, these things are made in China.

Posted by: mattR5 | March 2, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

The Post should have held the story a month and put it out on April Fool's Day.

Now all we'll have to read about when 04/01/2010 rolls around is another bit of pabulum about Little Danny’s “worst possible” commitment to winning… despite his ever enduring man-love for such pathological losers as JC17 and CP26.

Posted by: Vic1 | March 2, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

What's the big deal. I hate reptiles. The more we kill the better. There is now over a 100 thousand pythons in Florida because idiots buy them and let them loose down there. One killed a young girl. They don't belong here. One of the few remaining advantages to the U.S. is that we don't have many exotic, poisonous or dangerous animals. Now, even that is being taken away from us. Kill them all and make anything you want out of their skins. Who cares?

Posted by: lp_lodestar | March 2, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: MarylanDChris | March 2, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Also, why does he need TWO desks for FedExField? I mean, it makes a smidgeon more sense if he wants identical desks for FedEx and for Redskins Park, but that's not what the article said.

Posted by: yatesc1 | March 2, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Redundancy is the key to any successful enterprise. If the report was true, we should be happy to see Danny turning over a new managerial leaf. Checks and balances, G, checks and balances.

Posted by: WorstSeat | March 2, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Now that you have been duped by a NY paper maybe for once the Post can apologize to the Redskins. I am not a big fan of Snyder, but to bring up employees who were laid off a year ago while reporting this false story was a low blow.

Posted by: dph60 | March 2, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Steinberg, this one is on you. This is why old people hate blogs.

Posted by: Tank2 | March 2, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh crap, was Steinz wrong on this?

Posted by: MarylanDChris | March 2, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

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