Let’s say you are the billionnaire owner of a professional sports team in the Nations Capital and its name is a racial slur. Let’s say your ownership has been marked by losing seasons, bad personnel decisions, and ill-treatment of fans. So what do you do? Sue publications that point these things out. Channel 9 sportscaster Brett Haber reacts:
“…Those who’ve reviewed Snyder’s case find his claims of slander to be little more than trumped-up charges over a farcically-written opinion piece. This isn’t Russia. You don’t get to stifle what the media says just because it paints you in a negative light….
But even more repugnant is the fact that Snyder has threatened to use his wallet to intimidate the newspaper into backing down…
…in a letter to the newspaper’s owners, Snyder’s lawyer David Donovan said, “Mr. Snyder has more than sufficient means to protect his reputation… We presume that defending such litigation would not be a rational strategy for (you because)… The cost of litigation would quickly outstrip the asset value of the Washington City Paper“…
…In other words — you can’t afford to defend this lawsuit — we’re richer than you, so fire the author and give up. To their credit, The City Paper has no plans to do either.”
“Dan Snyder lawsuit: A complete analysis,” Andrew Beaujon and Erik Wemple, TBD.com
“Memo to Dan Snyder: Thank you for your stewardship of the Redskins,” Gene Weingarten, Washington Post
Washington City Paper Legal Defense Fund
“What is Dan Snyder Thinking?” Monte Burke, Forbes blog
“Fact-Checking the Dan Snyder lawsuit,” Kevin Robillard, TBD.com
Image (“New Washington NFL Uniform”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com
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