Hours before the Washington Redskins’ season opener, team owner Dan Snyder dropped his libel lawsuit against the Washington City Paper, accepting the paper’s assertion that portions of an article Snyder considered to be false were not intended to be read as literally true.
Snyder sued the paper over its November cover story titled “The Cranky Redskins Fans Guide to Dan Snyder”. In his statement, Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie said that “the lawsuit was pursued as a means to correct the public record following several critical factual misstatements in the Washington City Paper article.”
The City Paper asserted in its court filings that the disputed lines were not meant to be taken literally, including the line saying Snyder “got caught forging names as a telemarketer with Snyder Communications [and] made a great view of the Potomac River for himself by going all Agent Orange on federally protected lands.”
As a result of the paper’s assertion, the Snyder statement said, “We see nothing further to be gained at this time through continuing the lawsuit. We prefer to focus on the coming football season and the business at hand.”
The Washington City Paper announced its pleasure at “the dismissal of a case expressly designed to pressure us, and filed by a man who now apparently says he never even read the story in the first place.”
Listen to Washington City Paper Editor Michael Schaffer speak about the lawsuit on Monday's Kojo Nnamdi Show.