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Redskins respond to our Cerrato "insinuation"

As we sift through the stream of holiday cards coming primarily if not exclusively from the friends and family members of Mrs. PFT, we can now cross one entity off the list of expected senders.

The Redskins.

We posted last night an item explaining that former executive V.P. of football operations Vinny Cerrato will remain as a consultant to owner Daniel Snyder, and we suggested that the role might have something to do with keeping Cerrato quiet about matters like the recruitment of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

So I got a call today from Redskins General Counsel Dave Donovan, and he had Cerrato on the line.

Donovan, to put it mildly, wasn’t happy.  (Unless he secretly moonlights as a drill sergeant.)

Before I go any farther on this one, I need to say that neither Donovan nor Cerrato used the magic words “off the record.”  They didn’t say it at the outset of the call, they didn’t say it after a lull in the conversation during which they thought I’d hung up and I said, “I’m just taking good notes,” and they didn’t say it at the end when I thanked them for giving me so much material.

Donovan specifically wasn’t happy with the “insinuation” that Cerrato is being paid for his silence.  “If Vinny wasn’t a public figure,” Donovan said, “it would be defamatory.”

Actually, it wouldn’t be defamatory even if Vinny wasn’t a public figure, since we made no statement of fact about anyone.  We wrote only that there’s a suspicion that Cerrato will be paid in order to ensure that he doesn’t talk about things that he might know, whatever those things might be.

At one point, Donovan acknowledged that he also was unhappy with the fact that I wrote the item in a way that allowed me to make my point without creating any potential liability, calling the tactic “cowardly.”  (We prefer the term, “prudent.”  As does the NBC legal department.)  And Donovan wasn’t pleased with the fact that the team is receiving calls from other reporters seeking an admission or denial of the suggestion that Cerrato is being paid to pipe down.

“If you have facts, print the goddamn facts,” Donovan said. 

Meanwhile, Donovan explained that Cerrato remains under contract through February 2010, and that Cerrato’s contract will be honored.  I asked whether he would thereafter be consulting with the Redskins or directly with Mr. Snyder, and Donovan said he “can’t speak to any future issue.”  Cerrato said that he and Snyder “haven’t talked about that yet.”

On this specific point, we’ll allow the audience to come to their own conclusions about what Donovan and/or Cerrato might be insinuating.

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  1. chapnasty says: Dec 18, 2009 12:10 PM

    Hey Florio, just when I thought you had lost all cohonas you pulled this one out. way to stand tough.

  2. ipeefreely says: Dec 18, 2009 12:10 PM

    Mike, I bet you’re all gitty now. Your speculation caught the attention of the Redskins. They clearly have nothing better to do. You know, like run a football team.
    Imagine if you actually used this forum to make things better? For instance, abolishing the Rooney Rule.

  3. raybin says: Dec 18, 2009 12:11 PM

    Given the extreme reaction, sounds like you might be on to something here, Florio. Keep digging.

  4. Chris Fiorentino says: Dec 18, 2009 12:11 PM

    The Redskins are a Mickey Mouse organization. It’s a shame a team with such a great history is being peed on by Snyder and his merry band of idiots.

  5. Treymen says: Dec 18, 2009 12:13 PM

    Florio – 2 Redskins – 0

  6. filthymcnasty says: Dec 18, 2009 12:13 PM

    What did you expect Florio???
    Pretty classless move buddy, first time so far I’ve lost respect for you. I speculate you pulled your speculation out of your rectum to pipeline some national attention.
    Just because Vinny is incompetent doesn’t mean he’s (they’ve) broken the rules.
    And paid to be silent? What is this, a Michael Jackson case?
    You’re better than this brother.

  7. PhxTim says: Dec 18, 2009 12:15 PM

    Wow….Vinny & the Skins were SO upset about what you said Florio they had Vinny call with the team lawyer?!?
    Honestly…isn’t that like the kid you called out in grade school coming back with a big brother and the big brother insisting he’s not afraid of you? lol….hit the nail on the head Florio as seem to have a knack for. Well done.
    PFT is bbiiigg ttiimmee now…got GMs..wait excuse me..consultants and lawyers calling you LOL thats impressive bahahahah.

  8. kennethnoisewater says: Dec 18, 2009 12:15 PM

    Well done Florio.
    Panic and grandstanding is usually an indirect admission of guilt.

  9. Jose Reyes says: Dec 18, 2009 12:16 PM

    I have never seen a PFT magazine or article or any Mike Florio publication that would demand you “Print” anything. Except of course for the articles that are printed so we can read your crappy writing on the shitter at work.

  10. bearsrule says: Dec 18, 2009 12:16 PM

    Sounds like Vinny is a little bitch who can’t handle his own business like a man. The coward here seems to be Cerrato. Also, since you can bet your ass it was Snyder who had Donovan call, Snyder is a coward too, since he has someone else do his tough talking for him. This makes the Skins front office look like a bunch of Vagisil users.

  11. dcfan-1212450 says: Dec 18, 2009 12:16 PM

    “If you have facts, print the goddamn facts,” he said.
    The best advice you may have ever received Florio…

  12. chrismoore06 says: Dec 18, 2009 12:17 PM

    They should have taken you to task for your asinine Rooney Rule posts too. It’s clear you have a vendetta against the Skins.

  13. DanSnyderSux says: Dec 18, 2009 12:17 PM

    Donovan is one of Snyder’s butt-kissing lackeys. They should be more concerned about the on-field product than trying to cover their butts. This is why the Redskins are such a joke right now. Hopefully, Allen’s hiring will get this turned around and soon!

  14. Nobe says: Dec 18, 2009 12:17 PM

    Sounds like Snyder’s attorney is about as good as his coaches, managers and players…

  15. Twiz says: Dec 18, 2009 12:18 PM

    Good, bout time someone took you on about your constant attempts at controversy when you have no actual facts to back it up!
    Three cheers for the Redskins management (can’t believe I actually typed that) LOL

  16. imabigdog says: Dec 18, 2009 12:19 PM

    I don”t believe you! You have about 50 postings about how,when,if the Redskins followed the Rooney Rule, and you don’t get that question out!

  17. homerskinsfan says: Dec 18, 2009 12:19 PM

    Donovan has been on the aggressive plenty of times this season. He had quite a spat with Mike Wise on Wise’s show.

  18. underwriter says: Dec 18, 2009 12:20 PM

    The Redskins are a joke under Snyder. It is a shame one of the best franchises in all of sports is now a laughing stock in so many ways……
    Pretzel Boy needs to wear his stupid burgandy and gold ties, smoke his cigars and stay the F@CK out of the day to day Football business of running the team….not one thing he has done has worked or has been productive on the field…

  19. Opie says: Dec 18, 2009 12:21 PM

    “At one point, Donovan acknowledged that he also was unhappy with the fact that I wrote the item in a way that allowed me to make my point without creating any potential liability, calling the tactic “cowardly.”
    Not cowardly, smart. And he’s pissed that there’s not a damn thing he can do about it, you know, as a lawyer. All that good money spent on an education and he’s limp w/out the viagra of you stating something in such a way as to put yourself in the pot of boiling shit.
    Kudos to you. I may not agree w/all of your opinions or bullshit rumor-mongering, but when you’re right, I’ll back you up……. now, if I could just get you to admit when you’re wrong and I’m right……….. beginning to feel like you’re my other wife, damn it, the similarities are petrifying

  20. stiller43 says: Dec 18, 2009 12:21 PM

    Kick his ass, Florio.

  21. Sonny Mooks says: Dec 18, 2009 12:21 PM

    Feb of 2010 ?
    Long story, there doesn’t even seem to be a point to why they would even say he was being kept as a consultant.
    Its hard to speculate he is being “paid for his silence”, if he is only getting paychecks for another month or two.
    If at that point, he signs a consulting deal, then speculate away. I’m surprised they did this kind of honest disclosure about his new role when they didn’t have to say anything.
    If I had to speculate, (i.e. make shit up without any facts), I’d guess his imput is due to all the predraft work him, and his team did, and they don’t want him taking that info with him, while at the same time, the new GM (Allen), may not want to totally start from scratch with only a couple of months to go.
    I am guessing, they are paying him to help in the transtition period, for the draft stuff thats already been done, and as soon as Allen and the new coach are up to speed and set, Cerrato will be totally gone.

  22. leaguemvp says: Dec 18, 2009 12:22 PM

    The Skins suck. Enough said.

  23. Hap says: Dec 18, 2009 12:22 PM

    There you go again, Flo. Stirrin turds have gotten you in hot H2O.
    The whole affair could NOT have happened to a more deserving group.

  24. stetai says: Dec 18, 2009 12:23 PM

    Way to go Mike “Mainstream” Florio. You’re a real power player now.
    It seems all the shows are arming themselves with an “insider” with Glazer on FOX, Shefter & Mortensen on ESPN, and you with NBC. And CBS with nobody. NBC needs to feature you even more on FNIA!

  25. Cecil says: Dec 18, 2009 12:24 PM

    “At one point, Donovan acknowledged that he also was unhappy with the fact that I wrote the item in a way that allowed me to make my point without creating any potential liability, calling the tactic ‘cowardly.’”
    How dare you not expose yourself to a lawsuit!

  26. DAK says: Dec 18, 2009 12:25 PM

    Donovan’s just upset that you pulled him away from his daily routine of suing season ticket holders.

  27. chapnasty says: Dec 18, 2009 12:26 PM

    @ chrismoore
    I dont think he has anything against the skins as he points out the rooney rule for every team. Florio is a Liberal who sputs the Rooney rule because he puts people into groups rahter than having them just be a group of candidates who are either qualified for the job or not. PC and liberal agenda is ruining this country and equality.

  28. getsomeclass says: Dec 18, 2009 12:26 PM

    Umm… it’s pretty obvious that “Donovan and/or Cerrato might be insinuating” that you, Florio, are an idiot. That seemed pretty clear, especially with your own admission of…
    “we made no statement of fact about anyone.”
    Seems to be a growing trend around here… you know… the absence of those pesky little things commonly known as FACTS.

  29. Kige Ramsey says: Dec 18, 2009 12:26 PM

    Go get em Florio I have your back

  30. boysroll says: Dec 18, 2009 12:26 PM

    This proves that this org is dysfunctional from top to bottom…this donovan dope was on the mike wise show months back acting like a blundering moron with his cocky attitude and has no customer service skills. Why doesn’t he just come out and say vinny will not be a consultant in the future?
    The dope would not answer that question and then goes off florio in a cocky demeaning way. then is talking about defamation and a lawsuit…..this represents the management style at that f’d org and I know alot of people worked for that weasel owner too…This is exactly how that dope acted too……this style of management trickles down to the team etc and causes dissension…doormats of the NFC and East Div until that circus side show freak sells the team..

  31. Julio Scissors says: Dec 18, 2009 12:32 PM

    Dave Donovan is a complete BEAST. I heard him interviewed by Mike Wise on a local station, and he beat Wise down until Mikey looked like a 5 year old girl (mind you, not much of a stretch).
    I would’ve loved to hear this conversation.

  32. aaronp says: Dec 18, 2009 12:35 PM

    There is obviously more to this then it seems. As much as dumb ass Cerrato went to length on how well he has drafted and how great Sherman Lewis and Greg Blatche are as coaches why would he resign now? He either was made to resign or wasn’t. Lets say he wasn’t, then why would he stay on board? I don’t know about you but I like to at least have some options on the table when I leave a job. So lets say they told him to resign or be fired, then that being said D. Snyder would have said he would pay him for the remainder of the contract he wouldn’t be happy about this and I guarantee you a provision of him receiving the remainder of his contract would be him not working w/ any other team until the draft(which his history on drafts who would want him?) So with all this said do I think it could have something to do with the Haynesworth contract? Yes very possible, but to end my point don’t you think he signed some type of non-disclosure act to make sure something like this never gets out? I’m sure Danny didn’t make all that money with out doing something dirty, and making sure none of his employees would air his dirty laundry…

  33. Archie Who? says: Dec 18, 2009 12:35 PM

    dcfan-1212450 says: December 18, 2009 12:16 PM
    “If you have facts, print the goddamn facts,” he said.
    The best advice you may have ever received Florio…

    Post after post people keep jumping Florio for posting speculation. Last time I looked, this page was still titled “Latest news and Rumors.” Why in the hell would you come here looking for “facts?”
    In other news, Terry Bradshaw is still dead.

  34. leatherneck says: Dec 18, 2009 12:35 PM

    Florio, I have criticized you, but if you want to go after an organization that deserves scrutiny, you’ve picked a good one (Redskins).

  35. shawnc16 says: Dec 18, 2009 12:36 PM

    chrismoore06 says:
    December 18, 2009 12:17 PM
    They should have taken you to task for your asinine Rooney Rule posts too. It’s clear you have a vendetta against the Skins.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I wonder if there are any teams that Florio doesn’t have a vendetta against based on the post on this site. I’m pretty sure I’ve read a post suggesting he has it out for every team in the NFL at some point in time.

  36. Lost says: Dec 18, 2009 12:37 PM

    Mr. Donovan obviously isn’t a regular PFT reader.
    HaHa, he call the writing ‘tactic’ cowardly. Regular readers know the whole site is based on these cowardly tactics for Christ sake. That’s why we come here in the first place.
    Lawyers.

  37. somlucci says: Dec 18, 2009 12:38 PM

    Guess Florio needs to write such stuff to keep himself in the news..

  38. Florio Makes Sh*t Up says: Dec 18, 2009 12:38 PM

    “A report on profootballfootballtalk.com early this morning regarding me, my future within the Redskins organization and the outrageous suggestions about so-called secrets is erroneous and irresponsible. Three times the blogger notes that he has no facts, and that is the only true statement made in the article. Dan has agreed to pay me through the term of my contract, which ends in February.”
    -Vinny Cerato
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/weblo…denies-report/

  39. Colossus7 says: Dec 18, 2009 12:41 PM

    Florio, you make me wanna go to law school

  40. Richm2256 says: Dec 18, 2009 12:41 PM

    Randy Moss is on the line, and he ain’t got no god-damned lawyer either!

  41. stairway27 says: Dec 18, 2009 12:42 PM

    @Sonny Mooks : Nice point! That certainly sounds more plausible than the Redskins paying him to keep quiet.

  42. HarrisonHits says: Dec 18, 2009 12:42 PM

    Aren’t the Redskins required to pay the balance of his contract anyway ?
    But even if they do have to pay the balance, I don’t see other teams keeping fired GMs on as “consultants”. Certainly seems to be a bit of a stench coming from Washington

  43. getsomeclass says: Dec 18, 2009 12:44 PM

    Florio’s defense was…
    “we made no statement of fact about anyone.”
    Hilarious! Just love how your reporting includes your own admission of an absence of… you know… those pesky little things commonly known as FACTS.

  44. SmashMouth says: Dec 18, 2009 12:45 PM

    “Treymen says: December 18, 2009 12:13 PM
    Florio – 2 Redskins – 0
    ——
    Florio will have one point deducted…for his Super Bowl pick..

  45. Florio Makes Sh*t Up says: Dec 18, 2009 12:48 PM

    HarrisonHits – that would be a solid point if he was staying on as a consultant. He is being paid through February. That is it. Confirmed by the Redskins.
    Amazing how just posting rumors from “sources” can suddenly become facts.

  46. Favre On HGH says: Dec 18, 2009 12:48 PM

    At one point, Donovan acknowledged that he also was unhappy with the fact that I wrote the item in a way that allowed me to make my point without creating any potential liability, calling the tactic “cowardly.”
    ————————————————
    He called an ex lawyer cowardly….
    Why do I find humor in that?

  47. BBrophy1 says: Dec 18, 2009 12:49 PM

    damn you mastering the English language in order to make a point without opening yourself up to any legal entanglement….how can you be so selfish?!

  48. dakotah says: Dec 18, 2009 12:52 PM

    As noted above, Donovan has been a prick to some of the local newspaper/radio types. His “anger” here makes me believe you’re onto something Florio. Just proves that old adage, ” even a blind pig will occasionally find an acorn”.

  49. Cubano says: Dec 18, 2009 12:52 PM

    Hey Florio,
    Just when I thought you had turned into a Nancy boy behind a laptop, you go and do something like this!!!! Way to stick it to the Man Florio! Stand strong and fight the midget power!

  50. danlinker says: Dec 18, 2009 12:54 PM

    “If you have facts, print the goddamn facts,” he said.
    See that statement above? Florio got himself pinched, and I LOVE IT.
    See what happens Mike when you try to actually play attorney? Stick to the sports blog. At least your half assed on that.
    Watch florio now when he writes about the skins. He will have to be careful. They will be watching him VERY close for a while.

  51. Chaco Chicken says: Dec 18, 2009 12:57 PM

    It sounds as though the Skins doth protest too much.
    Don’t you think Cerrato already has some insider info? How the heck is that cat going to be the GM of an NFL team otherwise? My money is on some compromising photos of Danny with the ladies or better yet the boys. *wink*
    Feel free to call me at my home number to deny since the Front office clearly read PFT!

  52. rsa says: Dec 18, 2009 12:59 PM

    When you contract with someone who will know your innermost dirt, don’t you put some sort of non-disclosure clause in it, Mr. Floria.
    Don’t you think there was one in Vinny’s contract, such that he’d have to keep shut his yap, even after expiration of said contract?
    Why didn’t you mention a probable non-disclosure clause when you speculated that Vinny was being paid off?
    That’s a fine line you didn’t cross…

  53. eeerockski says: Dec 18, 2009 12:59 PM

    Job well done, Mike. And for that comment about Dan Snyder being a wuss cause he couldn’t call Florio personally, that’s why the guy has a lawyer in the first place.

  54. getsomeclass says: Dec 18, 2009 1:05 PM

    Wait a minute…
    Florio, let me get this straight. You can say and print whatever you want about somebody, even when it’s not backed-up with a single thread of fact, right? But when that person comes calling your bluff, you cry like a whiny little brat and claim they’re the ones acting improper.
    What a joke! When a reporter irresponsibly prints stories that aren’t backed by a single shred of proof or fact, that’s when said reporter loses all credibility. Florio, you lost yours long ago. Nice try. Loser…

  55. RedDMV says: Dec 18, 2009 1:08 PM

    Funny to scroll through these comments and read a bunch of nut-nibbling, sack sniffers patting this assclown, Florio, on the back.
    When Donovan took his cookies and left him there like the vagina he is, he felt a need to stir the pot a little more and try and rile up his fan club like this was TRL and ask:”On this specific point, we’ll allow the audience to come to their own conclusions about what Donovan and/or Cerrato might be insinuating”.
    Maybe Florio, you d_ickhead, he’s insinuating that you post facts, you know, something substantial instead of pulling it either out of the air or your ass. Maybe Donovan aired your ass out because you tried to pass off Cerrato’s role or future off as fact instead of OPINION or SPECULATION — like always do.
    How about you get some goddamn perspective instead of what pieces of s_it like Florio feed you with a spoon.

  56. spennyhatch says: Dec 18, 2009 1:08 PM

    Arguing with a layer is like mud wrestling with a pig… You get dirty and the pig has fun.

  57. yatesc says: Dec 18, 2009 1:11 PM

    Remember that Vinny is a partial owner of Six Flags, and possibly of Johnny Rockets and Red Zebra (ESPN 980′s owner). Even if he’s not being transitioned into a consultant role *with the team*, he might still be receiving recompense w/ his role in Danny’s other failing business empires. That way, they can say “No, he’s not being bought off by the Redskins” but still can get bought off by Danny for keeping quiet about various improprieties.
    Just a thought.

  58. Mike Florio is an abomination of a "journalist" says: Dec 18, 2009 1:13 PM

    hey florio, go work for tmz

  59. joebugel says: Dec 18, 2009 1:13 PM

    Florio, you come off totally lame here. Yes, Donovan and Cerrato are tools, but as someone who just has an urge to call out d-baggery in every day life, I actually understand their move here.
    You got “pwn’d” on your false Rooney Rule accusation, just admit it.
    Sound like you got served and are still in shock over it.

  60. encinitasraider says: Dec 18, 2009 1:17 PM

    Hey Florio-
    Why dont you call AL and Herra and ask them why they kept Randy Hanson. Might be same situation as the one your reporting here..

  61. reddog9 says: Dec 18, 2009 1:21 PM

    Great job Florio!
    You nailed little dannyboy and now he is crying about it with his lawyer! I am an adamant Deadskins hater, so by default, I am a huge fan of little dannyboy running the team! As long as he is running the team (and the owner) they will suck!!
    Don’t worry, even if they did tamper with fat albert, the deadskins lose because fat albert is sooooooooo overrated and out of shape that his contract will be another albatross around dannyboy’s neck just like Clinton the drag queen!

  62. DocBG says: Dec 18, 2009 1:24 PM

    How about that superbowl pick?
    Better to have a lawyer just yell at you, be thankful they didn’t send channing crowder over to have a chat with you.

  63. Moose Skyway says: Dec 18, 2009 1:24 PM

    @ Archie Who?
    You beat me to it. I am glad someone else recognizes this is posted in the “rumor” section.

  64. DoomsDayD75 says: Dec 18, 2009 1:26 PM

    Funny how all the negative comments are from redskins fans, you must have hit a nerve Florio. Good job, makes up for picking them to win the SB.
    @chapnasty: stop crying about liberals. This is the most far right country in the world. You guys should be happy, you’re just too stupid to realize it.

  65. purpleguy says: Dec 18, 2009 1:26 PM

    What Donovan and the dopes arguing that PFT should just post “the facts” can’t get through their obviously thick skulls is that this site, and particularly this link, is called the frigging “Rumor Mill”. This ain’t the NY Times folks. Half the fun and content is speculation — by design.

  66. BobsCountryBunker says: Dec 18, 2009 1:28 PM

    Surely Florio, you got a Christmas card from your dentist or car dealer …

  67. floriohatestheravens says: Dec 18, 2009 1:29 PM

    Give ‘em hell Florio!!!
    Its obvious simply by their reaction that they have something to hide. I find it hysterical that people in that kind of position are dumb enough not to see that.
    The problem is the NFL allows tampering to go on without any punishments…its a godamn joke and you have to wonder why they even have the rule in place. What good is the rule if you have NO INTENTION on EVER enforcing it!?!?!?
    Yet another example of why the Redskins are THE WORST RUN ORGANIZATION IN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS!!!

  68. shea801 says: Dec 18, 2009 1:31 PM

    Nicely done, Florio.
    You should call Donovan back, but you have Mrs. PFT talk to him while you listen.
    Good Lord, Cerrato is a p*ssy. That whole incident just reeks of guilt.
    Again, nicely done.

  69. wangchungish312 says: Dec 18, 2009 1:38 PM

    must have hit pretty close to the mark to get them all riled up like that

  70. StevieMo says: Dec 18, 2009 1:41 PM

    Poor Mike Florio has about 10,000 readers who spend most of their time telling him what and what not to write. What a joke.
    I didn’t know there were that many hallway monitors in America.
    Mostly, Mike, I think they’re jealous you made it big with PFT. Most of them spend all day kicking themselves for not trying it when you did.
    And envy is one of the 7 deadly sins, fellas.

  71. DrThunder728 says: Dec 18, 2009 1:41 PM

    I tried for months to give you the benefit of the doubt after people constantly barrage you with negativity, but honestly after the past few days of the most subjective “journalism” I’ve ever seen I’ve had enough of your bogus opinionated writhings. There’s just no credibility with anything you say anymore.

  72. Favre On HGH says: Dec 18, 2009 1:46 PM

    Panic and grandstanding is usually an indirect admission of guilt.
    ________
    “A report on profootballfootballtalk.com early this morning regarding me, my future within the Redskins organization and the outrageous suggestions about so-called secrets is erroneous and irresponsible. Three times the blogger notes that he has no facts, and that is the only true statement made in the article. Dan has agreed to pay me through the term of my contract, which ends in February.”
    -Vinny Cerato
    _________
    Wow. You really hit a nerve there.
    You’ve been famous for awhile, should receive plenty of Christmas/Holiday cards.

  73. realitypolice says: Dec 18, 2009 1:47 PM

    raybin says:
    December 18, 2009 12:11 PM
    Given the extreme reaction, sounds like you might be on to something here, Florio. Keep digging.
    ——————————————————
    Umm…….maybe it would help if he started digging first. Cerrato is being through the end of his contract- and Florio insinuates he’s being “paid for his silence”. Agreeing to pay someone a set sum or the remainder of his contract to secure his resignation, instead of firing him, is common practice in college and pro sports.
    I’m glad someone finally called Florio for the weak pussy way he prints wild insinuations and theories while always making sure we understand it was not backed with facts, while knowing perfectly well that in this day and age of print first-think later internet reporting, these theories will spread like wild fire anyway.
    While the skins come off looking a little petty here themselves, they have Florio pinned for exactly what he is- a pathetic, jealous, vindictive prick who sits in his bully pulpit poking the Bear that is the NFL- while using just enough of his weasle lawyer background to make sure he insulates himself from having to take any responsibility for anything he says.
    And for this, NBC Sports makes him rich. America, ladies and gentlemen!

  74. Turk says: Dec 18, 2009 1:49 PM

    “If Vinny wasn’t a public figure,” Donovan said, “it would be defamatory.”
    Yeah and if my uncle was a woman he would be my aunt. Who cares about about what it would be or could be. I only care that your speculation was entirely legal.
    And for the record — I tend to think that there is truth to your speculation. Snyder is a sleezy slimy worm in so many ways that I say he reaps what he sows. My father always said that the only thing you control in this world is your credibility so do not ever compromise your credibility. He said if you have a reputation for compromising your credibility, then that reputation will catch up with some day. And when that day comes you have nobody to blame but yourself. So there you go Danny — follow Pappa T’s advice going forward and maybe you won’t have this problem.

  75. aDickRunsThisSite says: Dec 18, 2009 1:50 PM

    Florio should have just said. “reread what i wrote, surely you understand what Suspicion means.
    the Suspicion of Redskins fans are that Vinnie Cerrato was a clueless bumbling asslicking lackyboy of lil Danny Snyder.
    Now that Suspicion has been shown to be fact based on keeping him around as a “consultant”
    Send the detrement of the Redskins down the road. yes pay him but GET HIM THE HELL AWAY from Redskins Park.
    Vinnie you suck just like a brand new Oreck XL vacuum cleaner. You’ve done your damage and were paid rather well for doing so. Just go the F away quietly and get off the damn radio too, you suck just as bad doing radio as you do in personel matters.
    Hail to the Redskins
    remember when that meant something??
    It will again hopefully one day soon

  76. realitypolice says: Dec 18, 2009 1:53 PM

    stetai says:
    December 18, 2009 12:23 PM
    Way to go Mike “Mainstream” Florio. You’re a real power player now.
    It seems all the shows are arming themselves with an “insider” with Glazer on FOX, Shefter & Mortensen on ESPN, and you with NBC. And CBS with nobody. NBC needs to feature you even more on FNIA!
    ———————————–
    LOL
    I’m sure it pains the professionals working on that show enough to have to mention this supermarket-tabloid style site on their show as much as they do now. Do you think Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, or Keith Olberman would share a set with a rumor mongerining a-hole like Florio?
    Unlike Mort, Schef, and Jay Glazer, Florio is NOT an insider. The only facts he ever prints are gleaned from Twitter, ESPN.com, or CNNSI.com. The rest of this site is nothing but wild theories from the twisted brain of Mr. Florio and his minions.

  77. SF Saints Fan says: Dec 18, 2009 2:08 PM

    Mike,
    This is why you are the best, and have been the best for many years, of anyone who covers the NFL. You speculate the way most fans with half a brain would speculate and post your speculations in your “Latest News & RUMORS” section. It is done in a way that generally has no chance of running afoul of any laws and provides a venue for people to read and respond to legitimate questions that most people would like to know the answers to.
    In this instance you have, once again, appeared to have hit a raw nerve. Why keep Cerrato on the payroll and inside the organization if his goose was cooked and he was on the way out, unless it was to buy his silence? The fact that the team decided to respond by way of an “on the record” telephone call with their lawyer just shows how inept the Redskins front office has become.
    Keep up the good speculation and continue to couch it in terms that protect you from any potential legal action. You may want to run some of these by another set of legal eyes before posting, just to be sure.
    Good work.

  78. Onderin says: Dec 18, 2009 2:16 PM

    Florio pokes at something blindly and finally it strikes a nerve with someone to give him some validation to do more his ridiculous reaches. If you shoot enough arrows in a forest, eventually you’ll hit a deer.
    Florio has the Al Davis mentality where it’s ‘better to be right than consistent.’

  79. golongboyee says: Dec 18, 2009 2:21 PM

    Good job Florio………just shows what a second-rate, low rent org the Skins are……….pathetic on their part!

  80. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Dec 18, 2009 2:23 PM

    Florio being asked his story by Donovan…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYiSxkrqMgM&feature=related

  81. Hovenaut says: Dec 18, 2009 2:30 PM

    Catching up on things.
    So the organization you chose as one of this year’s representatives in the Super Bowl is/was affiliated with the post’s subject?
    And, given the sorry state of said organization, that the unceremonial exit of that subject has been ‘portrayed’ in an off-putting manner of your choosing?
    What’s the problem? (Next time, wait until Cerrato is completely out from under Snyder’s desk to favor the Skins).

  82. The Rural Juror says: Dec 18, 2009 2:40 PM

    “on the record”
    Don’t kid yourself, you’re not a reporter.
    Why is Cerrato going after you? Shottenheimer was spouting off all over the radio that Vinny is incompetent…

  83. stnmmc says: Dec 18, 2009 3:00 PM

    ipeefreely says: December 18, 2009 12:10 PM
    Mike, I bet you’re all gitty now. Your speculation caught the attention of the Redskins. They clearly have nothing better to do. You know, like run a football team.
    Imagine if you actually used this forum to make things better? For instance, abolishing the Rooney Rule.
    _________________________________
    If he is going to make it better he should start with the piss poor education of Americans. If he can do that I bet he would be really giddy, as opposed to an alleyway in the UK. (look it up, i’m serious about that definition of gitty)

  84. Patsfan1776 says: Dec 18, 2009 3:06 PM

    Keep up the good work!

  85. stnmmc says: Dec 18, 2009 3:12 PM

    # chapnasty says: December 18, 2009 12:26 PM
    @ chrismoore
    I dont think he has anything against the skins as he points out the rooney rule for every team. Florio is a Liberal who sputs the Rooney rule because he puts people into groups rahter than having them just be a group of candidates who are either qualified for the job or not. PC and liberal agenda is ruining this country and equality.
    ____________________________________
    PC and the liberal agenda have to be a factor in this country until there is a true balance of equality. Your statement speaks of a yearning for yester- years when all them good ol’ boys were in charge of everything. I would try to explain my point further, but why waste my time and your time when you are clearly set in your conservative (see racist) anti liberal view.

  86. Pingon says: Dec 18, 2009 3:22 PM

    Florio, you’re still a pussy!

  87. Boo Hoo Florio picked on your team - GET OVER IT says: Dec 18, 2009 3:28 PM

    Nice work, Florio. You’re onto something here.

  88. stnmmc says: Dec 18, 2009 3:31 PM

    @ getsomeclass
    Wow. Herr Florio must have touched you in a no no place, three posts blasting the absence of facts in a RUMOR mill in the span of 50 minutes.
    If facts were to be found in a rumor then they would not be a rumor, now would they, as rumors are speculation. But hey, with the anger you express towards a blogger over his site suggests you care very little for the FACT that it is a self described rumor mill.
    If you want facts, go to ESPN, because they are on top of it all…..except Roethlisberger and any other story they choose to ignore

  89. chrismoore06 says: Dec 18, 2009 3:55 PM

    The Rural Juror says:
    December 18, 2009 2:40 PM
    “on the record”
    Don’t kid yourself, you’re not a reporter.
    Why is Cerrato going after you? Shottenheimer was spouting off all over the radio that Vinny is incompetent…
    ___________________________________
    That’s because Marty would kick Kindergarten Ninja’s arse!
    I’m for the Rooney Rule and think it’s needed. Look at College Football and then compare it to the NFL and tell me it’s not working. However, I said he had a vendetta against the Skins because of his posts yesterday and today. I’m not a regular, so I can’t speak to how he feels about other teams, but it just irked me yesterday, especially when I think Morocco Brown was the person he interviewed and I fully believe that he will be the GM of the Redskins in about 5 years. He’s being groomed at this point.

  90. VoxVagina says: Dec 18, 2009 4:44 PM

    I guess Mike’s not picking them to win a Super Bowl any time soon.

  91. Route36West says: Dec 18, 2009 5:02 PM

    As an Eagles fan I dont want to agree with the Redskins but come on you do this crap all the time. You make something up with no facts to back them up and then cower behind saying something like theres suspicions.
    The only time you come up with something before another news source does is when its totally fictional.

  92. Indy Pride says: Dec 18, 2009 10:21 PM

    Well played Florio, well played

  93. FumbleNuts says: Dec 19, 2009 1:40 AM

    Donovan & Cerrato are the Abbott and Costello of the NFL.
    HAHAHAHAHAHABAWAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!

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