Daniel Snyder spoke on the The John Thompson Show today from radio row in Dallas, TX and addressed the recent lawsuit that his lawyers filed in New York over an article written in the Washington City Paper in November of last year.
"When someone calls you a criminal, and flat out lies, and makes fun of your wife who's battling breast cancer as the national spokesperson for breast cancer awareness in the NFL and makes fun of it, you're just dealing with someone who's crossed the line and what's right is right and what's wrong is wrong," Snyder said.
Snyder wanted a retraction and an apology from the newspaper. When that request was denied, a lawsuit was filed.
"They [the newspaper] chose to continue with their lies and enough is enough," Snyder said.
Snyder made it a point to confirm his appreciation for the media making statements such as "I love the media. I respect the media" and "I believe in the media." He also cited that he had never sued the media prior to this incident.
In a moment of self-deprecation, Snyder jokingly acknowledged criticism he receives on WTEM, a radio station that he owns, but does not operate.
"I own part of the radio station and I think you guys beat the snot out of me when we lose, and we respect that and we understand it."
Doc Walker, co-host of The John Thompson Show, replied, "It's our job."
When asked about the timing of the lawsuit being during super bowl week, Snyder denied emphatically that it was a strategic choice.
"It has nothing to do with me. It has to do with the lawyers," Snyder said. "They said we have to go and I said, ok lets go."
Snyder confirmed that any monetary retribution acquired from the lawsuit will go to charity. "Give it to the homeless," he said. "This is about what's right is right and what's wrong is wrong."
Other topics Daniel Snyder commented on:
On reports of Hayensworth's road rage incident in Reston, Virginia:
"I heard something this morning. I haven't heard from Bruce yet. I am eagerly awaiting to see what that's all about."
On the effect of the poor Dallas weather on future Super Bowl sites:
“I actually think it’s going to end up being a positive. Let’s wait until after the Super Bowl on Monday to see how the final experience was here... we will get a Super Bowl in Washington D.C.”
On this year's Super Bowl game:
"I'm rooting for the Green Bay Packers so we can say we beat the super bowl champs."
On the state of the Washington Redskins:
"I love this football team. I love this community. I'm dedicated. I'm doing the best I can to support my coach, Mike Shanahan, and my general manager in Bruce Allen. We're in good hands. I'm pleased about the direction of our franchise."
To hear the interview, click here.
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