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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 02/ 3/2011

What would your open letter to Daniel Snyder say?

By Cindy Boren

Gene Weingarten has responded to Redskins owner Daniel Snyder's decision to file a lawsuit over a story that appeared in Washington City Paper with an open letter to the owner.

(Yes, Gene mentions poop.)

More importantly, though, here's your chance; what would your open letter to the Redskins owner say? (Keep it classy.)

Mentioned in Snyder's suit is the photo illustration that accompanied the WCP story. The lawsuit asserts that City Paper "depicted the Jewish Mr. Snyder in a blatantly anti-Semitic way, complete with horns, bushy eyebrows and dollar signs." In addressing the issue on its Web site, City Paper responded, "The story didn't mention Snyder's religion at all. And the illustration is meant to resemble the type of scribbling that teenagers everywhere have been using to deface photos for years."

By Cindy Boren  | February 3, 2011; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Daniel M. Snyder, Redskins  
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Comments

For those few remaining Danny defenders, who are acting like the forgery issue is the key to the whole thing; see link. The State of FLORIDA sure thought it was forgery by Snyder Communications, and Danny's company (which he had VERY recently sold) paid a hefty fine:

http://myfloridalegal.com/newsrel.nsf/pv/939A11BD0EA5CAB485256A390047D9C9

Posted by: Gunga2009 | February 3, 2011 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I have drawn horns and a goatee on many pictures over the years. Imagine my surprise and self-loathing to suddenly find out I am an Anti-Semite. I never knew.

I am so ashamed.

Posted by: jmurray019 | February 3, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Dear Dan,

I know you're not as evil as you are often depicted by people. You're probably a pretty decent guy most of the time. Hell, you've done some really nice things for the millionaires you employ when they have faced tough times, letting them use your jet and all. That's cool.

You've even done something incredible for me that I really appreciate. You have managed to cure my Redskins addiction. Yep, that's right, cured it. You sir are a healer.

There was a time when Sundays in the Fall and early Winter meant careful planning to ensure that if I wasn't actually attending a Redskins game I could see it on television. Family activities were scheduled around those times; they were sacred and not to be moved.

There was a time when I would buy Redskins merchandise. And get personalized Redskins license plates. And give the new babies in our extended family a Redskins outfit to get them started right in life, especially the ones that lived in Texas. Real merchandise too, not the cheapo knock-offs at Khols.

There was a time when I paid an outrageous amount of money for club seats because my season ticket number hadn't come up yet. Then, when it did, I paid handsomely for tickets so far up at FedEx that I could almost see the players without a visual aid. I would arrive for games 4 hours early and set up a huge tailgate and happily grill foods and share beers with the friends and family I brought with me, though in the later years I had trouble finding friends and family willing to go unless they were wearing opponents jerseys.

It took nearly a full ten years of hard work but your efforts finally paid off. When the Redskins play meaningful games through mid-October I don't feel compelled to put my life on hold just to watch. I let my season tickets go and found that the $3,000 I was spending on them (3 seats + parking) were better applied elsewhere.

Sure, I'll still watch a Redskins game on television, though I can now do other things if there's a conflict. Like changing the air in my bicycle tires. Got to stay on top of that.

I know you test me to make sure I'm fully cured by continuing to offer me those season tickets, even though I stopped renewing them a couple years ago. Don't worry Dan! I'm not even tempted. You have completely cured me!

Your appreciative and reformed Redskins fan,

David

Posted by: dralison | February 3, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

For the life of me, I can't understand the WaPo obsession with this lawsuit...guess it's because you side with the media.

But since it has nothing to do with our beloved football team, it is truly a non-interesting waste of reporting time.

Posted by: Lisa_R | February 3, 2011 10:03 AM | Report abuse

@ Lisa_R

Come on! Mr. Snyder has sullied and dismantled the honor and prestige that used to represent the Washington Redskins. He has taken our beloved "Public Trust", and tarnished it to the point of ridicule and to be the butt of jokes across the sports world.

Anyone who acts this way, screws people over this way, targets diabetic and cancer patient "markets" to make a buck, who tries to make a buck off of 9-11 deserves to held up in the public spotlight and examined.

If Mr. Snyder had any sense and had adequate advisers, he would come out, make a public statement and deny the accusations. Instead , he sues and cries out for the firing of a reporter for outlining public knowledge as a review of the past 12 years the guy has owned OUR Redskins.

Hey Mr. Snyder, see Constitution, United States. Bill of Rights. Amendment #1

Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press.

Posted by: jmurray019 | February 3, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Lisa_R does the best dumb blond impressions! Keep it up girl, it's some of the best satire this side of The Onion!

Posted by: MrChip1 | February 3, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

FYI- Dave McKenna wrote the Robert Plant review for the Post today. Interesting.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | February 3, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Strange how different opinions were in the way left leaning WaPo when the topic was a foreign comic strip with a Koran as the topic!!

Posted by: dkidwell61 | February 3, 2011 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Dear Dan,

I thank my lucky stars that I am an educator, surrounded by kids filled with idealism and hope to make a solid contribution to others whom they will meet in life. They remind me that people can be good.

You, Dan, on the other hand ...

Civility prevents me from saying what I wish to say. I will say one thing on your behalf: like your comrade, Tom Cruise, you know how to entertain. I was once sad, then mad, at the spectacle that is you. Now, I can only laugh. I sit here wondering who is more daft, who is less capable of getting IT, you or Michael from The Office. It simply confounds the human mind to understand how an individual who continuously repeats his mantra, 'I've learned', like a refrain from a Greek chorus, is completely unable to take a new, more rational, more humane, more sensitive, path in life.

When I find myself bored with the football off-season, I can always count on you, our dear leader, to provide us with much needed drama and comedy-relief. So I suppose I should thank you. As for the actual football season, you’ve found a way to make it the most hilarious of comedies these past 11 years.

Last off-season, it was Shanahan v Haynesworth. This year, it is Snyder v McKenna. It simply never stops.

A Fan

Posted by: sad_fan-mad_fan | February 3, 2011 11:15 AM | Report abuse

You've make a lot of money by running failed business and swindling people. Be thankful that we do not punish, or even prohibit, white collar crime in this country, but take your loot and go away. Perhaps then someone can rescue the team you have destroyed. They can start by changing the racist name that defiles a people have have suffered a genocide that rivals that of the jews.

Posted by: mcstowy | February 3, 2011 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Please sell the team to a Rooney?

Posted by: supattapone | February 3, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

So...the City Paper is saying they have the maturity of teenagers? I'm confused.

Posted by: freakzilla | February 3, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I guess it does not take much brain power to become a billionaire these days. Just good old fashion luck, heavy handed "goons", and an insatiable thirst for money! Snyder is the worst thing to have happened to the skins in it's long history. Snyder always says he is willing to do whatever to win championships but does not have the mental acumen to get there. He says he loves the skins, and I take him at his word on that.... but the way he treats the fans is completely opposite of his team. Without the fans, there is no team. without the fans, the skins would have to play in L.A.... god forbid.

I wish Snyder would have mentored under an ownership like the Roonies in Pittsburgh. I hate the Steelers, but I have to respect the way they handle their football business.

By the way Dan, I would never have read the "city" article, until it was brought up that you were suing them. Bad move!

How can anyone reading that, and knowing your history, ever take your side???

Sell the team little man, sell the team!!! The skins will NEVER be YOUR team!

Posted by: skinfannomore | February 3, 2011 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Join the newly-created and open Facebook group "Redskins Fans in Support of Dave McKenna"

Posted by: toxicpie | February 3, 2011 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Dear Dan,

You have every right to be offended by the depiction of you as the greedy Jewish devil. Such depictions go back more than 700 years, whether the City Paper realizes it or not. That said, I don't think suing is the answer. In fact, I think that will do more harm to you and your brand than anything else. I still support you and the Skins, but please drop the suit.

Sincerely,

Barno

Posted by: Barno1 | February 3, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Notice that when everyone likes you, when someone makes anti-Semitic comments about you the whole world stands up against it (see Rick Sanchez vs Jon Stewart).

Notice that when everyone hates you, when someone makes anti-Semitic depictions of you, the whole world stands up in favor of it (see City Paper vs Dan Snyder).

Convenient that when we like someone (Jon Stewart), we see the anti-Semitism against them. When we hate someone (Dan Snyder), we don't see the anti-Semitism.

Convenient, isn't it?

Posted by: Barno1 | February 3, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

First of all, I didn't even know Dan Snyder was Jewish. However, in that case, there's just one thing to say:

Danny, bubbaleh, you are a shanda for a goyim.

Posted by: 7900rmc | February 3, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

@dralison -

Nailed it.

Posted by: ennepe68 | February 3, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey Mr. Snyder, see Constitution, United States. Bill of Rights. Amendment #1

Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press.

Posted by: jmurray019 | February 3, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Now this is pretty rich. So I guess nowhere in the constitution is their any mention of "infringing upon the rights of others"? Ever heard of the legal term slander? How bout libel? How bout defamation of character? How bout inciting riot? So, yes, you have a legal right to saw whatever you want...as long as those words do not infringe upon the rights of others.

Note: I am not saying any of McKenna's words did any of those things, but let's not pretend that freedom of speech means you can say anything you want. It doesn't.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 3, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I've been following this mess, and thanking my lucky stars for the Rooneys! I read the article, which appeared to be compiled from many previously published sources, and I never would have read it if not for hearing about the lawsuit. I had no idea that Mr. Snyder was Jewish, nor did I realize that the scribbling was anti-Semitic. Well, you learn something new everyday---and I learned a lot more about Mr. Snyder than he probably wanted anyone to know!

Posted by: Macathe | February 3, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

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