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Swanson, Snyder's longtime "henchman," is leaving


Karl Swanson, the Redskins' senior vice president of public relations and a long-time top lieutenant of owner Daniel Snyder, is leaving the organization.

Swanson, Snyder's self-described public relations "henchman," has worked for Snyder for more than a dozen years and though he had little personal contact with most reporters, he played an active role in forming media strategy and running damage control when needed.

Swanson was one of just two senior-level executives who've been with Snyder since the owner took over control of team in 1999. Rarely dealing with roster moves or football decisions, Swanson often spoke on behalf of Snyder, who limits his media availabilities. When headlines centered on the team's off-the-field activities -- from ticket and concession prices to FedEx Field parking and tailgating restrictions -- Swanson was often the one who took charge.

Team employees received an e-mail Monday stating that Swanson hoped to spend more time with his family.

Swanson's departure could be viewed as yet another sign of a culture change at Redskins Park. He was the subject of a lengthy Post profile last fall, written by Paul Farhi. According to the piece: "Over the years, Swanson's approach to media relations has alienated some of the Redskins' own public relations staff. The team has had seven directors of communications during Snyder's 11-year ownership, a rate that exceeds the turnover in the head coaching job. ... One of the former PR directors, John Konoza, lasted three days. His replacement, John Maroon, lasted a year."

It was not immediately clear how Swanson's departure would affect other members of the Redskins' public relations staff. It is believed the team has begun interviewing for a successor and, in fact, has already extended a job offer to a high-ranking official from another NFL team.

Swanson and Snyder came together in 1996, when the future Redskins' owner was growing his marketing company, Snyder Communications, and bought Swanson's employer, Arnold Communications. Swanson began handling media and investor relations for Snyder Communications and he remained on board when Snyder purchased the Redskins just a couple of years later.

By Rick Maese  |  May 3, 2010; 9:14 PM ET
Categories:  Daniel M. Snyder  
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Comments

Let's git it poppin {i'm only sayin that to avoid ridicule over what i'm bout to say}

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Where is that idiot "flyingtrees" at?

flyingtrees, are you lurking around out there?

I just wanted you to read this: http://sports.espn.go.com/dallas/nfl/news/story?id=5159981

Apparently Dez Bryant's mom "was arrested in April 2009 after she was caught selling crack cocaine to police informants. In August, she was found guilty of two felony counts for possession of a controlled substance and the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, and she was sentenced to 10 years' probation."

This after prior convictions.

fyingtrees, Why do I get the feeling you aren't gonna run yo mouth about why she's not doing any jail time?

You don't have to answer that flyingtrees. I already know why!

But the "system" does work both ways now doesn't it? Please respond and acknowledge that one though, bro.

Posted by: Vicc | May 3, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

"...I actually liked Marko.... but I don't think he'll be an impact player anywhere. we'll see."

Once McNabb went to throw at a redskins' voluntary camp, the first rumor that floated out was that he wanted the skins to pursue T.O..

All of that was refuted, of course.

But since then, the curious case of the redskins' receivers--a roster group thought to be set-- came into view.

The team has brought in a number of vet receivers--not a one named T.O.--and drafted a 7th rounder speed guy.

Gotta question:

Does all of this suggest McNabb came to camp, threw some balls to guys he eventually found wanting, and the team has responded by auditioning vet types to augment MK, Austin, Moss, and Thomas?

I'd say, yes.

Other than Moss, our receivers either aren't that good or haven't proven themselves yet.

Marko was a symbol of a deeper roster problem, no matter what folks say.

Posted by: MistaMoe | May 3, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

flyingtrees,

this is your opportunity to be consistent so that people will take you more seriously when you cry about injustice.

seize it.

I wanna hear you rip into the "system" about how this woman sold narcotics and avoided jail time.

c'mon flyingtrees, let her have it!

Posted by: Vicc | May 3, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

First Marko and now they're cutting Swanson? Swanson never really got a fair chance. The new coach and GM are just cutting him because they are trying to show their macho swagga. I bet he catches on with another team and comes back to kill the Redskins. He's gonna be a beast in this league. I think he's better than most of the guys that they're keeping.

I hope they replace him with a younger guy. We gotta get younger!

Posted by: beep-beep | May 3, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

LLS beep-beep @ 9:35 PM

Posted by: Vicc | May 3, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

"Swanson, Snyder's longtime "henchman," is leaving"


Just what does a 'henchman' do anyways?

'Henchman' is one of those old job titles like 'cooper' and 'haberdasher.'

And 'backstabber'.

Posted by: MistaMoe | May 3, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I hope they replace him with a younger guy. We gotta get younger!

Posted by: beep-beep | May 3, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

You will be missed Karl!!! xoxoxo

Posted by: skinsfanintampa | May 3, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

LANDOVER, Md. -- Washington Redskins fullback Mike Sellers said Monday that it's still "extremely tough" for NFL players to resist the temptation of steroids.

But Sellers added that he had some simple reasons to stay away from them.

"I've never been a fan of needles, so that helps," he said in an interview with The Associated Press. "It's just a matter of your values. Are you going to be stupid enough to make that choice? For me, I didn't feel it was worth it. I like my money.

"I don't want to get suspended, and I don't want to be labeled as a steroid user, so why take that chance?"

Posted by: Chia_Pet | May 3, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Hasta La Veesta Dana Walsh!
You traitor!

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | May 3, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Sellers and teammate Edwin Williams spoke to high school students at the Redskins stadium, telling them that hard work is the better way to get ahead in sports.

"Through experiences I know from people who have taken it, through high school, college, even at this level, it don't make you a better player," Williams told the students. "You may look good. You may have six-pack abs and everything, but it doesn't make you a better player. [You need] determination, working hard at practices, things like that."

So where along his career did he see teammates get tempted the most?

"Honestly I think it's a lot harder at the end of your college career and in the pros your first couple of years," Williams told the AP. "Because in college you want to make it to the NFL so bad that you want to take it: 'Man, if I take steroids, I can take my game to a whole other level. And I can get drafted high.'

"And then you get into the pros and you're not doing as well as you hoped, and you got money, too. You're like, 'Man maybe I should pick up some steroids.' It's a lot of added pressure from fans, family, things like that."

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Paging Laron Landry

Paging Devin Thomas

Posted by: Chia_Pet | May 3, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

When someone uses the "I'm afraid of needles defense" in response to a question about whether or not they ever considered using steroids...

we can then safely surmise that they have indeed considered using steroids.

and that they then stuck a needle in their tuckus.

because they like their money and all that.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | May 3, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

LANDOVER, Md. -- Washington Redskins fullback Mike Sellers said Monday that it's still "extremely tough" for NFL players to resist the temptation of steroids.

But Sellers added that he had some simple reasons to stay away from them.

"I've never been a fan of needles, so that helps," he said in an interview with The Associated Press. "And thank God for that cream & clear that I picked up on the West Coast."

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Sellers is the first to admit he hasn't lived the ideal role model life. He didn't take academics seriously and had to go through the CFL to get to the NFL. Then he was exiled to the Canadian league again after being charged with cocaine possession and numerous misdemeanors while playing for the Cleveland Browns.

"I'm not perfect, everybody knows that," he said. "But it comes down to a maturing process and being able to make that decision."

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Yes, we knew you were not perfect. MIke.

We noticed you don't block very well for a big juiced up fella.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | May 3, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

First Marko and now they're cutting Swanson? Swanson never really got a fair chance. The new coach and GM are just cutting him because they are trying to show their macho swagga. I bet he catches on with another team and comes back to kill the Redskins. He's gonna be a beast in this league. I think he's better than most of the guys that they're keeping.

I hope they replace him with a younger guy. We gotta get younger!

Posted by: beep-beep | May 3, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

They're letting Swanson go because that is their decision.

If it was not their decision then he would not be let go.

If it was their decision to let him go, but they were not the ones in charge of making the decision to let him go, then he would also not be let go.

But because he is being let go, and it is their decision to do so, then the decision to let him go has resulted in him being let go, because the people who make decisions to let people go are the ones that are making this decision to let Swanson go.

Aren't you glad you spent time reading through my incredibly insightful and thoughtful commentary on why Swanson is being let go?

You guys sure are lucky to have me and my comments here on RI.

Posted by: p1funk | May 3, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Needles haven't stopped Mike from getting inked though.

Posted by: Vicc | May 3, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Good point Vicc

Hadn't thought about that.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | May 3, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Would have cut this clown before Marko Mitchell.

tis a shame.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | May 3, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Man Dies After Eel Is Inserted In His Rectum

SISCHUAN, CHINA - A Chinese man has died after an eel that was inserted in his rectum gnawed away at his intestine.

The 59 year-old chef–whose name has not been disclosed– was taken to a Sischuan hospital with severe anal bleeding, abdominal pain. Local doctors, unable to figure out what was causing the symptoms obtained permission from the family to conduct a laparotomy– a surgical incision into the abdominal wall done to examine the abdominal organs.

Once inside, the doctors found a 50cm long, dead Asian swamp eel stuck in the man’s rectal region. The slithery fish had bit it’s way through the intestine. The man was then taken to the intensive care unit, but died ten days later from internal bleeding and sepsis.

But how did the eel end up in the man’s hokey pokey?

According to reports, the chef had consumed copious amounts of eel the day before, but doctors couldn’t figure out how a live eel ended up in his rectum. Eventually, his friends confessed to have inserted the live eel up his anus as a joke after the man passed out from drinking heavily.

Man, with friends like those…

Posted by: Chia_Pet | May 3, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

On a side note:

Catastrophies:

Oil gushing in gulf - Today FEMA has put up their first inkling about it. Government tells fishermen and the industry that "NO PROBLEM, YOUR GOVERNMENT IS HERE FOR YOU". They can just SUE BP for any losses. The government, meanwhile will take care of all the people out of work with a weekly stipend and a block of cheese (do they still do that or has the food police put if off limits because of obesity) for 99 weeks.

18 inches of rain in Nashville, Tn. Massive flooding, 1000's of homes located outside the 100 year flood plain. No flood insurance. Government FEELS your pain.

SUV bomb dud that failed to explode. The NYPD handles problem. FBI backing them up with whatever is needed.

Our fearless leader WOWS all the News organizations at the annual White House Corresponce Dinner.

Have no fear, your government is hard at work protecting you.

Posted by: HPYTRKR1 | May 3, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

another Olive Branch extended....

Posted by: 4thFloor | May 3, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Marko beat the crap out of our DB's daily so they say, lets cut them next.

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | May 3, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | May 3, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Addendum:

Cleanup in Nashville cannot fully commence before Wednesday due to water level 5-6 feet above flood level.

Any donations to Red Cross for the 1000's affected would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by: HPYTRKR1 | May 3, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

I bet if Ben Roethlisbergers mom sold crack and avoided jail time, flyingtrees' b!tch-@ss would be up here crying injustice.

Where ya at flyingtrees? don't cut and run

Posted by: Vicc | May 3, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

So is she a crack ho, a crack slinger, or just a plain ho?

Was consensus ever reached?

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | May 3, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

I followed RedskinRay's trail of tears from the Marco Mitchell post. This is where it led.

Posted by: mack1 | May 4, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Like Goebbels leaving AFTER the slaughter...too little, too late

Posted by: kahlua87 | May 4, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Swanson's next job is with the IRS threatening children that have lemonade stands.

Posted by: nativedc | May 4, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

"Cleanup in Nashville cannot fully commence before Wednesday due to water level 5-6 feet above flood level.

Any donations to Red Cross for the 1000's affected would be greatly appreciated."

Posted by: HPYTRKR1 | May 3, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

god was NOT GOOD to people in nashville.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/04/AR2010050401134.html

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | May 4, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

If there has ever been someone who failed it is this joker. Dan Snyders pr guy? Are you kidding? The only thing this guy is is the example of what not to do. The only thing he ever accomplished is driving Danny and Vinny around in a golf cart. Good bye and good riddance.

Posted by: HelloNewman1 | May 4, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

If there has ever been someone who failed it is this joker. Dan Snyders pr guy? Are you kidding? The only thing this guy is is the example of what not to do. The only thing he ever accomplished is driving Danny and Vinny around in a golf cart. Good bye and good riddance.

Posted by: HelloNewman1 | May 4, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

C'mon, pre-season .......

Posted by: shanks1 | May 4, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Just a thought:

I was hoping Larry Michael would take Swanson's spot, and we would get a new play by play guy for the radio AND someone different on Redskins Nation. That would be a winning formula for the fans.

Posted by: bharvey67 | May 4, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

First Marko and now they're cutting Swanson? Swanson never really got a fair chance. The new coach and GM are just cutting him because they are trying to show their macho swagga. I bet he catches on with another team and comes back to kill the Redskins. He's gonna be a beast in this league. I think he's better than most of the guys that they're keeping.

I hope they replace him with a younger guy. We gotta get younger!


Uh, Swanson didn't play football, but worked for Snyder. But I'm sure Swanson agrees with you, maybe he'll catch on with another team....

Posted by: 44fx290 | May 4, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

what the hell is going on here? aliens have abducted our beloved owner and replaced him with a reasoned and rational avatar!

Posted by: chillsonic | May 4, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Henchmen, what is this Batman!

Posted by: DCFanatic | May 4, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

last I looked, Swanson was never on the field. Any issues of team failure never landed in his lap. He did his job. Much of any success the Redskins enjoyed during the Snyder years, much of the credit goes to Swanson. A voice of reason during what many considered a turbulent owernship. Swanson made Snyder a lot of money which helped pay for players that most fans would agree were/are overpaid. I'll bet anyone the next guy does not last as long as Swanson did. If any NFL team wants to improve its Senior Management team, Swansons your guy.

Posted by: jerryprial | May 4, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

@vicc do you actually know the difference between a needle used for steroids and a needle used for tattoos? one is an insertion and the other is a topical grazer. not the same thing at all!

@jerryprial you have zero idea about what you are talking about. what money are you referring to and what voice of reason? he didn't make any investments or decision in the decade+ he was at redskins park.

Posted by: CapsSighting | May 4, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

MistaMoe, I know you do not need me to say this,but your 9:30 post was right on target! 100% with ya!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | May 4, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

A lot of the blatantly racist, ignorant, moronic b.s. being posted in here make me ashamed to be a Redskins fan.

Posted by: alecw81 | May 4, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

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