Daniel Snyder sues Washington City Paper over stories

The Washington Redskins haven’t managed to make much in the way of news since the season ended. But they’ve come up with a doozy to get back in the spotlight during the week of Super Bowl XLV.

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has filed a lawsuit against the Washington City Paper and its parent company in New York seeking $2 million in damages and unspecified punitive damages as well as court costs. Snyder claims the City Paper libeled and defamed him in articles going back to 2009 and he was particularly enraged by a Nov. 19 story from last season entitled “The Cranky Fan’s Guide to Dan Snyder. Snyder wants the author of that story, Dave McKenna fired, and the Redskins have announced that damages won will be contributed to a fund for homeless.

The City Paper, according to the Washington Post, has responded that it does not believe anything was factually wrong in McKenna’s reporting.

"We believe we have the facts right," Amy Austin, the paper’s publisher, wrote.

The paper depicted Snyder with devil’s horns and that has led a prominent Jewish group to call on the City Paper to apologize to Snyder.

We’re not certain why Snyder is concerned with what a small publication like the City Paper does in covering him. He’s brought far more attention to the story and the criticism of him than ever would have occurred otherwise.

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