Arrington Blitzes Redskins in WJFK Debut

By Leonard Shapiro
Special to
Tuesday, July 21, 2009; 12:52 PM

Here's the good news about Washington's new sports talk radio station, WJFK (106.7 FM): When the sun goes down in my neck of the Northern Virginia woods, 50 miles west of the White House, I can actually get the signal loud and clear on the car radio.

Here's some bad news: There are reports that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, who already owns the other sports talker WTEM (980 AM) may be angling to buy WJFK for his group of Red Zebra stations. That subject was discussed at length on WJFK's very first day Monday in a lively segment of the afternoon drive time show hosted by former Redskins linebacker Lavar Arrington and Chad Dukes.

"The man is obsessed with controlling the media," Dukes said.

Responded Arrington: "I would imagine there are bigger things to focus on rather than come in and try to put another radio station under his thumb."

Dukes: "When is enough enough with this guy? . . . This man has bought everything focused on the Redskins."

Arrington: "Except a championship."

Some might say Arrington definitely has an axe to grind with Snyder over the way his departure from the team after the 2005 season was handled by the organization. But Monday afternoon, that axe was clearly aimed at Snyder's back, resulting in some crackling radio, including the following from Arrington a little later in the show.

"I gave over $2 million [in his final contract] to get out," Arrington said. "It's not about the money . . . It's about how you treat people, the chemistry, the culture . . . It's why people go to New England or Pittsburgh. That's why I went to New York . . . You cannot buy a championship . . . Until this organization gets to that point, if it ever gets to that point, it won't happen.

"If you want to get a big payday, go to the Redskins," Arrington said. "It's not about you getting there in a situation to win. I witnessed it with some of the players I played with . . . I did two restructurings [of his contract] to try to get us to win . . . I did it with the understanding it would make me a lifelong Redskin. When it was done in a messy and unclassy manner, I would give millions back not to have to work in that environment. The bottom line, for some people, it's about winning. As fate would have it, I didn't feel that was the same agenda of some people in the organization."

So Lavar, tell us how you really feel.

In an earlier segment, Arrington also said:

-- The Redskins are setting up quarterback Jason Campbell to fail, just as they set up Arrington up; Arrington also believes Campbell still deserves a chance to succeed and has the talent to be a decent starting quarterback, if not in Washington than somewhere else.

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