Biggs: Daniel Snyder responds to slam from Emmitt Smith
Can it get a little more interesting come August in Canton, Ohio?
Is this just a minor buildup to a great showdown?
Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has responded to criticism from former Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals running back Emmitt Smith, who slammed Snyder in, of all places, Slam Magazine.
“I applaud Emmitt Smith’s induction into the NFL Hall of Fame and, from what I understand, he’s a heck of a dancer,” Snyder said in a statement released by the team this afternoon. “I think we’ve only met once briefly at an NFL function in 2000. I will say, however, that I like to think of myself as being a compassionate person, except toward the Dallas Cowboys.”
Our friend John Keim of the Washington Examiner found the Smith comments regarding Snyder and the Redskins and detailed them on Friday:
"I loved defeating the Redskins. I loved it, I loved it, I loved it with a passion," Smith said. "And I loved it more when Daniel Snyder got the team, for a number of reasons. I did. Because here is a guy who thought he could build a football team just because he has the money to buy players. There's more to it than that. And he's not a compassionate person, not a compassionate person at all from what I understand. And that makes me just want to pummel somebody.
"You know, you hate to see pride, wearing itself on his forehead and his chest. And to me, arrogance sticks out like a sore thumb when you talk about him. And the lack of compassion for others is a problem. Because it's not that hard to be compassionate; you just choose to."
As Keim noted, there is a long list of people who step forward and speak to Snyder’s generosity and compassion. The National Football Post’s Matt Bowen can recount the time Snyder visited him in the hospital after he was injured in a game. Snyder loaned his personal airplane to former coach Greg Blache when one of his parents was ill.
We just want to see if this can escalate before Smith and former Redskin Russ Grimm are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the same day.
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