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Dan Snyder apologizes over TV dispute

New Redskins Senior VP Tony Wyllie is going to have his hands full in Washington.

The Redskins’ rocky relationship with the local media had another embarrassing day on Tuesday.  Redskins owner Dan Snyder had to apologize to a local news affiliate (ABC) for preventing them from covering a story that the network originally pitched to the team.

Here’s the backstory, courtesy of Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post:  A Marine lieutenant called the local ABC affiliate, wanting to surprise his Redskins cheerleader wife by coming home from a combat tour early, with cameras in tow.

Nice local story, right?

The Redskins thought so too, but barred ABC from telling the story. Instead, the local NBC affiliate was allowed to cover it.  (And presumably tipped off by the Redskins.)  NBC is the broadcast partner of the Redskins.

Here’s where the story gets especially troubling.  A television executive said that the Redskins threatened to fire the cheerleader if she later spoke to the ABC station.

The Redskins deny that claim, but did apologize, essentially admitting they stole the story. Snyder said he plans to make “many changes in personnel and policy”

The Washington Post reports that longtime VP Karl Swanson’s departure from the team was in the works before the cheerleader story broke.

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  1. boysroll says: May 4, 2010 6:48 PM

    what an embarassment. this org is the biggest joke in the league. weasel boy synder at it again controlling everything. I know people that worked for this weasel and everything you hear about this lame ass is true. He thinks he is royalty but is the biggest weasel in sports.
    sell the team…thats the only way this org is going to ever win. The current makeup is set for failure again…Hail u suckas!!!!LMFAO.

  2. nfcbeast says: May 4, 2010 6:49 PM

    Thats a great way of networking….be an asshole to everybody.
    Redskins can’t do a Marine a simple favor???…good god thats pathetic. They had to do it in a way to scratch NBC’s back….classless @$$holes

  3. Buck Stallion says: May 4, 2010 6:53 PM

    Maybe Danny didn’t make that call, or maybe he did. But there has been a culture of douchebaggery for quite some time in this organization.
    I wonder where that could possibley come from?

  4. Patsfan1776 says: May 4, 2010 6:56 PM

    Dan Snyder is an arrogant, pompous, a-hole and deserves the karma coming his way. The fish rots from the head.

  5. Child_Please! says: May 4, 2010 6:59 PM

    Another moronic move by the douchebag Snyder.
    Loses big money in Six Flags, sues his season ticket holders, cant hire a decent head coach, cant run a football franchise, threatens to fire a cheerleader, and screws over a returning soldier.
    But what can you expect from a classless organization run by a classless owner.
    I have traveled to over 28 NFL stadiums to see my team over the years. Never have, nor never will, spend one cent in Douchebag Danny’s house of mediocrity.

  6. This is not news says: May 4, 2010 7:02 PM

    How are the lawsuits against the season ticket holders progressing?

  7. Opie says: May 4, 2010 7:03 PM

    This is some dirty stuff, but they didn’t hurt the Marine or disrespect him. Money just controlled who told the story. No one should be surprised, this is the same team that looks for every penny to steal – Lets check in with the Dorito’s Scoreboard, brought to you by Visa.

  8. hardy_na says: May 4, 2010 7:05 PM

    DS is a DBag

  9. BeaverThomas says: May 4, 2010 7:08 PM

    LOL……………..
    Right on Cue for the best Dan Snyder cartoon EVER!! http://bangcartoon.com/2009/manic_suppression.htm
    Douche!

  10. RedskinsFanatic says: May 4, 2010 7:11 PM

    I don’t disaggree that Dan Snyder can be a prick at times…and that some of his decisions are questionable at best…but I support the Redskins through good and bad, thick and thin, rain and sunshine…And when some douchebags that know anything about the city of DC start commenting on this situation, well I get pissed off and wont to knock there blocks off. I won’t claim that we’re going to have a winning season, but I believe that we’re primed for a run in the following seasons…when the accumulated pieces of this puzzle start to gel and mess.

  11. City_Native says: May 4, 2010 7:14 PM

    How is Dan Snyder working out for D.C.?

  12. Big J says: May 4, 2010 7:16 PM

    Wow, big story, who fu**ing cares? Must be a slow news day.

  13. Mista T says: May 4, 2010 7:18 PM

    Living in Maryland, we have many friends who are Redskins fans. Just about all of them have become numb to Snyder & his sleezy henchman. In ten years, they have managed to turn a once great franchise into a laughingstock. This story is just one dozens of other embarassments, going back to Snyder firing secretaries, groundskeepers, and the City of Frostburg, to charging admission to practices, to suing grandmothers.
    What a douche!

  14. Lando says: May 4, 2010 7:19 PM

    I am a fan of the Redskins, I am in no way shape or form a fan of Dan Snyder, way to say thank you to the armed forces for proctecting the country that made you your fortune, you damn prick….

  15. ham1 says: May 4, 2010 7:23 PM

    Gel and mess?
    Jack Kent Cook must roll over in his grave daily. Dumb ass snyder.
    I miss the good ol days. What a shame its come to this kinda crap on a daily basis.

  16. DanSnyderSux says: May 4, 2010 7:27 PM

    One million sperm and he’s the one who gets through.

  17. don't know says: May 4, 2010 7:32 PM

    But he doesn’t mind giving 100 million to a guy who is too lazy to do offseason workouts

  18. trademcscab says: May 4, 2010 7:33 PM

    @ redskinsfanatic……….nobody cares if ur pissed off bro ur a fan of a team that has a tradition where people dress up like cross dressing pigs……nobody respects the skins thats why the eagles traded them mcnabb cause from top to bottom there dog sh!t

  19. downwithdansnyder says: May 4, 2010 7:49 PM

    Shocker…Danny boy is a dirt bag. He’s always been that way and probably always will be.

  20. Cowboys915 says: May 4, 2010 7:50 PM

    Would u Guys Rather have Dan Snyder or Al Davis as your owner?

  21. Cowboys915 says: May 4, 2010 7:53 PM

    LMAO at having a history of crossdressing pigs………..

  22. RedskinsFanatic says: May 4, 2010 8:03 PM

    @trademcscab
    bro…your team just traded the player that made you relevant for the past 11 seasons…McNabb made those young bucks look like world beaters not the other way around. The evidence is in the other 9 seasons where McNabb lacked weapons, besides Westbrook…Kolb is questionable at best, the Eagles nucleus lacks the supporting cast to pick up the slack if Kolb suffers a setback in his maturation…and trust me the Eagles are going to be facing some setbacks because of his maturation. Granted he’s flashed some skills but maturation is just a fact of any sport and any position played, but more so for QB

  23. lurch's nyquil says: May 4, 2010 8:06 PM

    Dear Dan Snyder,
    My family and I have had season tickets for 20 years and last year we finally decided to give up on you and you only. I love the Redskins and have since I can remember. I will continue to support the team at home and will try not to put a penny in your pocket. You have destroyed this franchise and it is embarrasing at times for Skins fans when you make such stupid fuking decisions. I will not bore PFT nation with how much the Skins are loved here in the dmv, and we hate that Danny Boy owns our team. Just 1 piece of advice for you “Mr. Snyder” and to quote Spike Lee just DO THE RIGHT THING!! It really is that simple!
    Sincerely,
    A Die Hard Fan

  24. 2Good says: May 4, 2010 8:08 PM

    @ RedskinsFanatic
    ….grow up bro. Nobody cares that you are pissed off. Your team/owner are a bunch of losers.

  25. Sintalkin says: May 4, 2010 8:09 PM

    I think all skins fans hate the little guy, but lets get one thing straight, he finnally handed the keys to a good FO and coaching staff, so lets see what plays out this season. And @ trademcscab & Cowboys915, ur teams R the biggest chokers with HIGH expectations this decade in our conference so…shut up lol

  26. Sintalkin says: May 4, 2010 8:13 PM

    @Cowboys915 No we would like a guy who gets drunk in local bars and has had massive plastic surgery with the expectation of winning the SB every year, sorry…

  27. Florio-is-a-tool says: May 4, 2010 8:17 PM

    Wow, this guy is the epitome of a douche bag. I hope his hair gets on fire along with a major dose of hemorrhoids. Someone really needs to bend him over a bench and give that little man a spanking.

  28. Sintalkin says: May 4, 2010 8:21 PM

    Look having McNabb tossing the f’n ball to much later in his career is the eagles coaching staff issue they never adjusted in IHMO. I have respect for both the boys and eagles so lets all hold our breath and see. Lord knows ive holded mine for way to long being a skins fan…

  29. toiletking says: May 4, 2010 8:27 PM

    Dan Snyder is one of the most evil Republican douchebags ever to walk this earth.

  30. troll_aikman8 says: May 4, 2010 8:51 PM

    This guy is an epic failure.

  31. Sociofan says: May 4, 2010 8:54 PM

    @BeaverThomas: a little dated, but hysterical. Thanks.
    Our team has become one public relations nightmare after another since Snyder bought it. Local coverage is critical to building fan support by letting fans get to know players and their families, coaches etc. as well as highlight reels. When you outright disrespect one of them for no other reason than being partial to another, you are setting yourself up for even more negative publicity. For those of us local, we realize George Michael built a great relationship with the Redskins organization, but damn Dan, do you think we can watch the Channel 4 sports report anymore without wondering whether we are getting the real story or whether the “Parking Situation News” is just a press release from Redskins Park?
    George Michael is dead and Channel 4 sports just put one foot in the grave.

  32. iusedtobeteddybayer says: May 4, 2010 9:23 PM

    Weasel boy Snyder AND NOW Rat Shanahan.

  33. Sintalkin says: May 4, 2010 9:26 PM

    @Sociofan I agree the skins are hopefully moving in a new direction with the new VP of PR, we can only see. The past PR moves have been slezay to say the least. George M….salute he has more respect in our area then I can comprehend…SP

  34. Highway703 says: May 4, 2010 9:42 PM

    As a Skins fan this does not surprise me one bit.. Snyder needs to make many changes to win the fans back over because here everybody dislikes him.
    Hail

  35. FireJerryJones says: May 4, 2010 9:51 PM

    Soldier comes home early from Irak to surprise his cheerleader girl.
    Three people get fired…
    How did Snyder make his fortune again? Did he inherit the money?
    Redskin fans must be so proud.

  36. jamaltimore says: May 4, 2010 10:34 PM

    RedskinsFanatic says:
    May 4, 2010 7:11 PM
    I don’t disaggree that Dan Snyder can be a prick at times…and that some of his decisions are questionable at best…but I support the Redskins through good and bad, thick and thin, rain and sunshine…And when some douchebags that know anything about the city of DC start commenting on this situation, well I get pissed off and wont to knock there blocks off. I won’t claim that we’re going to have a winning season, but I believe that we’re primed for a run in the following seasons…when the accumulated pieces of this puzzle start to gel and mess.
    ______
    your franchise is a a joke and the little leprechuan is only going to further the decline! Hire me so I can bring in my son and his PR machine to work with mr. pr DANNY! HA HA.
    UP THE ROAD FLACCO TO BOLDIN! First down Ray Rice and #52 GOAT on the Tackle! BALTIMORE THE CITY THAT REEDS!

  37. tombrookshire says: May 4, 2010 11:01 PM

    I expect that the cheerleader will soon leave the Redskins in order to “spend more time with her family.”

  38. DON SHULA says: May 4, 2010 11:01 PM

    I could give a crap about this story, why are you starting to sound like Florio????,are you a lawyer???

  39. COBB says: May 4, 2010 11:23 PM

    “when the accumulated pieces of this puzzle start to gel and mess.”
    I agree, this team has been a mess for along time now, but the gel should make it messier.
    Or did you mean ‘mesh’?
    STUPID SKINS FANS…

  40. Steve-O says: May 4, 2010 11:27 PM

    @Big J says:
    May 4, 2010 7:16 PM
    Wow, big story, who fu**ing cares? Must be a slow news day.
    ==============================
    Just that little gay pedophile boysroll

  41. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: May 4, 2010 11:41 PM

    Big J and DON SHULA must work for the Redskins organization. Just because you don’t give a crap about an organization being idiots toward someone ACTIVELY FIGHTING FOR YOUR FREEDOM to post stupid comments on this website doesn’t make it not newsworthy. To those ripping on Danny boy, looks like he’s doing damage control and is not the douche himself. That said, karma, baby.

  42. Ted.E.Bear says: May 5, 2010 12:53 AM

    OK , here’s an idea. Why don’t they do their greetings in PRIVATE !! I never am able to understand why, when something is going to be emotional, people feel they have to have an audience. It’s the same as some people proposing at a game. I don’t understand it. You would think people would want to be alone in times like that, but I guess they would rather be the center of attention and grab all the oohs and ahs they can. I just think its stupid.

  43. trademcscab says: May 5, 2010 3:03 AM

    @redskinsfanatic………get used to seeing inconsistent play skipped passes to receivers and puking in the huddle and watch what we do with the smarter accurate passer son know ur role at the bottom of the division!!!

  44. Route36West says: May 5, 2010 5:17 AM

    Snyder is an idiot but atleast hes showing loyalty. NBC is his partner so he didnt want to give a story to ABC. Nothing wrong with that IMO.
    And of course the tv excutive would say something like they threatened the girl with being fired if she talked to them. He was pissed off at them and wanted to get back at em. I dont see anything wrong with that either.
    But its kinda easy to tell hes lying. If the girl was going to be fired for talking to abc I doubt very much she would risk her job by telling abc or having some one else tell them about. I also doubt anyone in the Redskins would risk there jobs to let abc know what happened. It doesnt make sense so thats why I think hes lying.

  45. igster says: May 5, 2010 5:41 AM

    hey dansnydersux i agree with you. what a waste of some damn good sperm.should have let it run down mom’s legs.

  46. smiley says: May 5, 2010 7:16 AM

    Hail to The Squire!

  47. .Vox Veritas. says: May 5, 2010 9:09 AM

    Biggest joke in professional sports.

  48. .Vox Veritas. says: May 5, 2010 9:12 AM

    “Loses big money in Six Flags, sues his season ticket holders, cant hire a decent head coach, cant run a football franchise, threatens to fire a cheerleader, and screws over a returning soldier.”
    Don’t forget charges for people to attend practice, enabling scouts from other teams to buy tickets as members of the general public as opposed to being barred from attendance by rule.

  49. .Vox Veritas. says: May 5, 2010 9:18 AM

    “@Cowboys915 No we would like a guy who gets drunk in local bars and has had massive plastic surgery with the expectation of winning the SB every year, sorry…”
    Too bad, you got a midget that never played the game at any level but thinks that he should be running the show and have no expectation of winning another Super Bowl, ever.

  50. .Vox Veritas. says: May 5, 2010 9:22 AM

    “I think all skins fans hate the little guy, but lets get one thing straight, he finnally handed the keys to a good FO and coaching staff”
    We hear this every year. Enjoy your continued lowered expectations.

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