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Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 02/06/2012

Marion Barry defends tirade against Redskins, Snyder


Marion Barry (2007 file photo) (Nancy Ostertag - Getty Images)
D.C. Council member Marion Barry said Monday he’s the “Paul Revere” of Redskins fans by tweeting his opinion of the team and its owner, Dan Snyder, during the Super Bowl.

In an unusually harsh critique from a public official, the former mayor began tweeting his frustration with the Redskins during the third quarter of Sunday’s game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.

“You know, the Redskins suck.” Barry (D-Ward 8) wrote “I’m tired of watching everyone else in the Superbowl. Aint been right since they left DC.”

A few minutes later, Barry added, “DAN SNYDER SUCKS.”  In a series of exchanges with some of his 3,100 Twitter followers, Barry went on to state it’s time for the Redskins to “come home” by moving their stadium back into the District.

A Redskins spokesman did not immediately comment on Barry’s tweets.

Reached by phone Monday, Barry did little to mask his continued hostility over the Redskins disappointing season. “Dan Snyder is in Maryland, the team is in Maryland, and we get nothing,” Barry said. “They get to use our name.”

When asked if he regrets using some of the language he used in his tweets, Barry said he was “emotional” at the time.

“I could have had a better choice of words ... but I was emotional,” Barry said. “I was rooting for the Giants, and the Giants were behind at the time, and I just got fed up.”

Still, Barry said he was speaking up on behalf of tens of thousands of Redskins fans who he said are frustrated with the team’s lackluster performance.

“Redskins have been a great disappointment since they left Washington D.C.,” said Barry, noting the team hasn’t been in the Super Bowl since 1991. “A lot of us have had a hard time holding to our loyalties after seeing Super Bowl after Super Bowl and play-off game after play-off game.”

“Someone had to be a Paul Revere,” Barry added, referring to the Colonial-era hero who warned Revolutionary War soldiers about advancing British forces.

This time, Barry said he’s warning Snyder and the Redskins organization that many fans expect they shoot for the play-offs next year.

“It’s not the British that are coming,” Barry said. “It’s the other teams that are coming. The (Dallas) Cowboys are coming. The (Philadelphia) Eagles are coming. Other teams are coming.”

We’ll let you know if we hear a response from the Redskins or Snyder.

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