Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder is still trying to sue the Washington City Paper. Snyder originally filed suit against the WCP in February over an unflattering November 2010 profile by the sportswriter Dave McKenna. At the time, Snyder complained that the art accompanying McKenna's piece--a photo of Snyder with devil horns and a goatee scribbled on in Magic Marker--resembled "an anti-Semitic caricature."
Snyder announced yesterday in The Washington Post that he's refiling his suit. He didn't say anything about anti-Semitic caricatures this time, but he did take issue with a part of McKenna's article that reads: "That's the Dan Snyder who got caught forging names as a telemarketer with Snyder Communications." Snyder calls this assertion "false" and "an unretracted lie."
Is Snyder winning hearts and minds with this latest volley? He is not; the Post op-ed has attracted pretty much nothing but derision. Below, a sampling of the jeers:
Aaron Morrissey at the blog DCist suggests that Snyder's real motivation here is to "to make sure no one forgets that he's acting like a petulant child."
Sarah Schorno Kogod at NBC Washington writes that Snyder's Post piece "has taken an issue that people have moved on from and thrust it back into the spotlight." Kogod mildly notes that "perhaps he's failing to realize that damage to Dan Snyder's integrity might be coming from Dan Snyder ... To see their team's owner be more concerned with how a lawsuit makes him look [than with the team itself] might not give fans a good feeling about the direction of their team."