"I Didn't Think it was Possible, but you're worse as a litigant than you are as the Redskins' Owner" - A DC Trial Lawyer's Perspective on Dan Snyder's Lawsuit


In the interest of full disclosure, I have been a New York Giants fan since I was about three years old. I've lived in Washington, DC for almost twenty years, and the Redskins' off the field decision making and on the field play have provided me with unending pleasure. I laughed hysterically when the Albert Haynesworth deal was announced, since it was clear to everyone except owner Dan Snyder that there was no way he was worth $40,000,000 guaranteed. The Redskins are run in completely the opposite way that the Giants are operated. Here's a little secret, big free agent signings, poor drafts, and constant coaching and system changes will kill your team. By the way, thanks for Antonio Pierce, who signed with the Giants for a reasonable amount of money and led the defense to a 2007 Superbowl victory because someone in your office forgot to call his agent back to respond to his counteroffer.

To top it off, as a response to an article in the Washington City Paper chronicling the ridiculous number of ways in which Snyder has run the team into the ground, Mr. Snyder decided to sue the paper and author Dave McKenna personally for defamation and libel in a local DC court. Basically, what that means is that Mr. Snyder is claiming that the City Paper deliberately published false information that injured his reputation. Since Mr. Snyder is a public figure, he has to demonstrate that the City Paper made the statements at issue with "actual malice," which means that either the City Paper and McKenna knew the statements were false or acted with reckless disregard for their truth or falsity. When I heard about the lawsuit, I decided to take a look at the complaint and see if it had any merit.

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