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Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 02/14/2011

Lorenzo Alexander on the City Paper lawsuit

By Dan Steinberg

I'm pretty sure that a Redskin, when asked about the lawsuit filed by team owner Dan Snyder, has zero good options. If you support Snyder's efforts, you will be accused of being a corporate toadie. If you support City Paper, you will be [redacted]. And if you no-comment your way out of the question, you will be accused of cowardice.

So I think it's a pretty unfair question to ask. That said, every time someone is asked the question, I'll gladly transcribe the answer.

After Chris Cooley deftly navigated his way through the question a couple weeks ago, Lorenzo Alexander was put to the test this weekend during an appearance on an NBC Washington program.

"What was your reaction when you heard that your owner sued the Washington City Paper?" Dan Hellie asked Alexander.

The linebacker laughed. That was a stalling technique.

"Well, you know, at first, there's just so much drama around the Redskins, year-in and year-out, it didn't really surprise me when it happened," Alexander began. "I don't think what [Dave McKenna] said bothered [Snyder] as much as I guess the picture that was depicted of him with horns. So if that offended him, he has the right to sue. I mean, that's why we live in America.

"So kudos to him for doing that, [expressing] his rights. But at the same time, sometimes you've got to pick and choose. And when you're at the top like that, you're gonna have haters, no matter where you're at, especially a billionaire, owns a team. Does a lot of good things, but people are always gonna try to tear you down, especially when the team is not winning. So sometimes you've just got to let things go and just continue to do what you do."

"I think you're right," Hellie said. "When you win, people tend to forget about a lot of stuff."

"Right, they let a lot of stuff go," Alexander said.

What we really need is for someone to ask Antonio Cromartie about this lawsuit.

By Dan Steinberg  | February 14, 2011; 11:54 AM ET
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Imagine if one these guys said something like "well, it's an arrogant, dumb lawsuit that has no merit and it just embarrases everyone associated with the team"...I mean, how fast would they be gone? Then there'd be some elaborate smear campaign started about the player.

Posted by: dbunkr | February 14, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

dbunkr - don't give any of the Redskins good players any ideas here....

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | February 14, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I guess they woould be [redacted].

I hope the trial is televised, like the OJ trial. Must see TV!

Posted by: Leeguru | February 14, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

"So if that offended him, he has the right to sue. I mean, that's why we live in America. So kudos to him for doing that, [expressing] his rights."

Oy. Vey. I know it's unhelpful to read too deeply into athletes' comments, but that hurts my First Amendment-loving soul.

Posted by: ogdennash | February 14, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

@dbunkr -- "So sometimes you've just got to let things go and just continue to do what you do."

That's pretty close. We'll see if Snyder really does put his hands on the team or not after that one, I think. Kudos to LA for the comment, though. "You're rich, it's going to happen. Walk on. Turn the cheek." Well said.

Posted by: WorstSeat | February 14, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

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