Snyder's devil is in the details - and a name

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Sunday, February 6, 2011; 10:39 PM

Psst, Dan Snyder, ready to kick some behind? Want to get even with the jerks who say all you care about is money and not building a winning football franchise? Then huddle up, buddy. Let's put some points on the board.

First, though, you have to punt on the libel lawsuit against the Washington City Paper that was filed last week. Look at it this way: Your reputation is backed up to the end zone; it's fourth down and a long way to go to restore it. Now is not the time for trick plays.

"In its cover art," the suit alleges, "the Washington City Paper depicted the Jewish Mr. Snyder in a blatantly anti-Semitic way, complete with horns, bushy eyebrows and . . . "

Time out.

I know history matters. But we're talking about devil doodle, Dan, like the scribbling on newspapers made by people biding time in a toilet stall. Forget about it.

Now, start loosening up your throwing arm.

On the next play, hurl that offensive "Redskins" name out of bounds the way a quarterback would to keep from being sacked.

Bench the faux Indian mascot, while you're at it.

That's how you attack the use of disparaging images. Don't complain about your ox being gored when there's money to be made, then keep silent about wrongs done to others if money might be lost. Putting profit before principle - that'll grow horns on anybody, Dan.

In an interview on WJFK (106.7 FM) the other day with Washington Post columnist and radio host Mike Wise, you said, "The name [Redskins] is not meant to be offensive whatsoever. To compare that [to the illustration] is silly."

Dan, every major Native American organization in the country supports the lawsuits that have been filed against your team seeking revocation of that racist trademark. Thousands of public schools and colleges throughout the country have stopped using Native American images as sports mascots.

"One of the ways I determine whether bigotry applies in a situation is take the same scenario, change some of the players and see if the same results apply," Ken Stern, director of anti-Semitism and extremism for the American Jewish Committee, told me.


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