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Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 02/ 3/2011

Reactions on Weingarten's open letter to Daniel Snyder

By Katie Rogers

An open letter from the Post's Gene Weingarten has fueled the conversation as Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has filed a lawsuit against Washington City Paper:

After another losing season in which your recently acquired $78 million over-the-hill quarterback got benched and your corpulent $100 million defensive lineman simply refused to play, it is heartening to see you focusing your resources on trying to punish a newspaper.

In the letter, Weingarten, pokes Snyder, the owner of a team in "spiritual disarray." Snyder filed suit late Wednesday against WCP and its parent company, Atalaya Capital Management, in New York state court, seeking $2 million in general damages plus unspecified punitive damages and court costs. It was reported Tuesday that Snyder was seeking the dismissal of WCP reporter Dave McKenna. (View the lawsuit here.)

Whatever your feelings are about the City Paper piece or the lawsuit, chat with Weingarten about it today at 2 p.m.

Here is my open letter to Dan Snyder. http://wapo.st/hPmzQv By all means, write your own. #dearsnyderless than a minute ago via web

Readers respond on Twitter:

What would your open letter to Snyder sound like? Here are some responses to the #dearsnyder piece by Weingarten -- use the hashtag to submit your own:

#dearsnyder you have turned the team I love into a laughing-stock. Please sell!! I'm sure you can still make a handsome profit.less than a minute ago via web

#DearSnyder Please sell the Redskins. We hate you. Signed, Redskins fans.less than a minute ago via web

#DearSnyder Keep up the great work with the Washington Redskins! Love, The Philadelphia Eaglesless than a minute ago via Twitter for Mac



By Katie Rogers  | February 3, 2011; 11:31 AM ET
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Comments

First of all, hello, Katie Rogers, whoever you are!

Secondly... I just love this situation so much. Dan Snyder deserves everything he gets, everything.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | February 3, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Dear Cindy:

Thank you for your kind invitation. Unfortunately, it would not be a rational strategy to respond, because Mr. Snyder is committed to spending enough money to strip the asset value of anyone he might think has offended him.

BTW, how's your personal insurance coverage these days?

Posted by: sparman | February 3, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Would he deserve it if he got a Super Bowl trophy?

Just stirrin' the pot. :-)

Posted by: freakzilla | February 3, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I think Gene Weingarten is onto something here. Someone from papers all across the country should write pieces such as this, and let Snyder spend his money suing various newspapers for "libel" and "slander". Perhaps then he would be forced to sell the team. Or, maybe, just maybe he would realize that the best thing he can do is just ignore it all and try to improve his own performance and image instead of reinforce the current image... (wait, is that a pig that just flew by my window)?

Posted by: jagle | February 3, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Dan Snyder may have made mistakes--we all have. But his motivation has ALWAYS been to make the Redskins a better team. So just lay off.

Posted by: Jim610 | February 3, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Poor little maroon. So trusting. So naive.

Posted by: bs2004 | February 3, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

"Would he deserve it if he got a Super Bowl trophy?"

Gott aget there first which isn't happening anytime soon.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | February 3, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

If we can tell Egypt's Goverment... It's time to leave..why can't Barrack summon Little Dan to the White House and ask.."Really um seriously Really"

Posted by: tuffy6326 | February 3, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

@Jim610 Exactly how does suing the City Paper make the Skins a better team?

Vinny? Is that you? Oh sorry, it must be Larry Michaels

Posted by: Odymon | February 3, 2011 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Thank you thank you thank you Gene Weingarden for one of the best columns ever to appear in the Washington Post. Besides being LOL funny, your column strikes a strong blow for a free press and against bullying by the rich and the powerful. Thanks for using the forum of the Washington Post to help defend a local "alternative" paper that is under attack.

Posted by: stevehoffman | February 3, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Jim610:

I do not questions his motivation, as I believe he wants to win above all else. What I do question is his inability (thus far) to learn from his mistakes.

Posted by: jagle | February 3, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

jim610 wrote:
Dan Snyder may have made mistakes--we all have. But his motivation has ALWAYS been to make the Redskins a better team. So just lay off.

Gotta disagree here. Yes, he wants to win, but more importantly he wants to be the guy in charge when they win. Any successful business-person (and he certainly is that) will look back after 10 years of spectacular failure and ask "what's wrong?". Not this guy. If he cared about the Redskins at all, he would get as far away from them as he could. And he really couldn't have any more contempt for the fans, either. Boycott!!!!!

Posted by: McLobo | February 3, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Dan Snyder may have made mistakes--we all have. But his motivation has ALWAYS been to make the Redskins a better team. So just lay off.

Posted by: Jim610 | February 3, 2011 1:33 PM

You've confused "better" with "more profitable." The former benefits us all. The later benefits only him. Also, you're a tool.

Posted by: MrChip1 | February 3, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

wow, this sounds like one of those "frivolous lawsuits" except that i know snyder is a republican and totally opposed to that sort of nefarious thing (when other people do it).

anyway, the idea that "snyder has the resources to defend his reputation" is pretty hilarious considering that he's spent the last ten years relieving himself on it.

Posted by: stoat1 | February 3, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

also the rabbi from the simon wiesenthal center should be deeply ashamed. one wonders how substantial a contribution accompanied snyder's "solicitation."

Posted by: stoat1 | February 3, 2011 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Whatever. The Post wouldn't support a libel suit even if it was brought by Michelle Obama to answer charges that she had a large fries with dinner. Add to that Dan Snyder, whom the Post can easily get a few hundred negative comments form readers merely by mentioning his name. The rest is obvious.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | February 3, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Do you think Dan Snyder has a playpen in his mansion and wears diapers. What a crybaby! And what's really funny is that its over something most of the people in DC never read, never remembered and never really cared about. DS just set his rep back about 10 years. Fire the lawyers, fire the PR folks that dreamed this up and give the expected legal fees to charity, or better yet, cut ticket prices, or beer prices, or hot dog prices or peanut prices.

Posted by: genericrepub | February 3, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Dan Snyder, as a Jew, you embarrass me.

Posted by: PriorKnowledge | February 3, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

If we all sued the Danny would we be able to bankrupt him out of ownership. Would we have any case just by being fans?

Posted by: wcasey1 | February 3, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

If you believe in a Devil, I dont think the Devil would be stupid enough to be Dan Snyder.

Anyone see the irony in Snyder accuses a small paper of anti-semitism toward him, when he owns a team called the REDSKINS?

Posted by: theAnswerIs42 | February 3, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Just received an email from the Redskins titled:
Love Is In The Air.

Really.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | February 3, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

BTW any1 have any thoughts on the Rabbi who made the statements and his motives?

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | February 3, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

The only way we will get rid of danny is to boycot the team, including not going to games (who wants to - just more losses) and not buying Redskins related fan items like shirts.

Posted by: nonot | February 3, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

If only there was a Jim Fassel character he could decide NOT to hire, maybe this all would blow away.

Well, good thing he's got his lawyer and his PR guy clearing things up on the LaVar and Dukes show.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2011/02/why_the_redskins_are_suing_cit.html

Posted by: dcsween | February 3, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

BTW any1 have any thoughts on the Rabbi who made the statements and his motives?

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | February 3, 2011 5:14 PM

I couldn't guess but I suspect it has nothing to do with Scientology.

Posted by: dcsween | February 3, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

It's nice to see Dan Snyder branching out to sue other people besides lifelong season ticket holders who are down on their luck and can no longer afford to pay out their ten year contractual obligations.

Posted by: Mrawl | February 3, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

This is how much I hate Dan Snyder: as a lifelong Redskins fan it would make me SICK TO MY STOMACH to see Roger Goodell hand him the Lombardi Trophy. I guess the silver lining is this won't ever happen.

Posted by: Mrawl | February 3, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by tuffy6326
"If we can tell Egypt's Goverment... It's time to leave..why can't Barrack summon Little Dan to the White House and ask.."Really um seriously Really"'

Ain't gonna happen. Obama's a Bears fan, lol.

Posted by: EKruse | February 3, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

C'mon guys, enough with the Dan Snyder slander. When he wins his suit all money will go to the homeless. I prefer to think of Dan Snyder as The Great Humanitarian. I think everyone else should get in line.

Sincerely,
DerSyNad

Posted by: Mrawl | February 3, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

i'm begining to think torches and pitchforks would be so appropriate assembled in front of his River Road "Castle" atm...

watch out Danny, watch out...

Posted by: tindal0s | February 3, 2011 7:10 PM | Report abuse

As Dan Snyder files suit against the 1st amendment, I think it is interesting to remember that he made the money he used to buy The Redskins with a communications company.

Irony can be pretty ironic sometimes.

Posted by: noslok | February 3, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

I have lost any respect I had for you Dan...and getting a rabbi involved...even lower. You have done a job comparable to Matt Millen and he has been voted the worst GM in the history of sports.

Posted by: RTCHE | February 3, 2011 8:55 PM | Report abuse

I honestly don't know which is more pathetic: that Mr. Snyder, who apparently is contually suffering from some sort of Napoleonic complex, thinks he is so important that he is beyond being ridiculed for his past transgressions OR that an attorney would actually pass off that piece of used toilet paper as a legitimate law suit. Its attorneys like that that give all attorneys a bad name.

Posted by: ckuhfahl | February 3, 2011 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I can not get over the Simon Weisenthal Center's willingness to come out on behalf of the owner of the "Redskins." We expect utter stupidity of of the Redskins front office, not the Weisnethal Center.

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.....

Posted by: swan_502 | February 4, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I can not get over the Simon Weisenthal Center's willingness to come out on behalf of the owner of the "Redskins." We expect utter stupidity of of the Redskins front office, not the Weisnethal Center.

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.....

Posted by: swan_502 | February 4, 2011 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I would compare Dan Snyder to Frank McCourt of the Dodgers in that the team becomes the owner's own personal piggy bank. It's amazing, there are no articles about the Redskin's debt. Could find only one article from 2002. He refinaced the Redskins debt in 2002 increasing it to 700 million (At the time the team was valued at 800-850 million). Every article is about how the Redskins are worth 1.5 to 1.8 billion. The NFL needs to give permission to refinance a team's debt, but I wonder if he has refinanced the team's debt since 2002? Taking into account his running Six Flags into BKO and other shady business dealings (Dick Clark Productions - Issuing Junk Bonds to pay dividends) one has to wonder how leveraged are the Redskins?

Posted by: rickdrey | February 7, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I would compare Dan Snyder to Frank McCourt of the Dodgers in that the team becomes the owner's own personal piggy bank. It's amazing, there are no articles about the Redskin's debt. Could find only one article from 2002. He refinaced the Redskins debt in 2002 increasing it to 700 million (At the time the team was valued at 800-850 million). Every article is about how the Redskins are worth 1.5 to 1.8 billion. The NFL needs to give permission to refinance a team's debt, but I wonder if he has refinanced the team's debt since 2002? Taking into account his running Six Flags into BKO and other shady business dealings (Dick Clark Productions - Issuing Junk Bonds to pay dividends) one has to wonder how leveraged are the Redskins?

Posted by: rickdrey | February 7, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

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