Thursday, February 3, 2011

Skins Owner Snyder Sues - And It's Not Haynesworth He's After

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is suing, and it's not Albert Haynesworth he's after.

Snyder sued Washington City Paper over a column he alleges defamed him. Snyder filed the lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court on Wednesday. The suit seeks at least US$1 million in damages for each of the two causes of action, plus punitive damages.

The cover story entitled The Cranky Redskins Fan's Guide to Dan Snyder had an altered photo of the owner with horns and a beard drawn in pen. The suit claims the weekly newspaper used "lies, half-truths, innuendo and anti-Semitic imagery to smear, malign, defame and slander" Snyder. The story was written by Dave McKenna, who is described by the City Paper as a "stellar reporter".

This being Super Bowl week, I can't imagine the NFL is loving the timing of the lawsuit.

In part, Snyder alleges as follows:
The City Paper falsely and maliciously asserts that Mr. Snyder has engaged in "heinous deeds" and acts of treachery, disloyalty, and deceit. The most egregious falsehoods in the Article (or items referenced in the Article) ("the Misrepresentations") include, without limitations, the following:

a. that "Dan caught forging names as a telemarketer with Snyder Communications;"

b. that Mr. Snyder caused Agent Orange to be used to destroy trees "protected by the National Park Service" on "federally protected lands," a matter about which previously published reports had been publicly corrected;

c. that Mr. Snyder bragged that his wealth came from diabetes and cancer victims; and

d. That Snyder was "tossed off" the Six Flags board of directors.

While City Paper is located in Washington, the lawsuit is in New York on the basis that City Paper's parent company Atalaya Capital, which is also being sued, operates in New York.

Personally, I didn't know of the existence of this article until now.

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