With that said, his current lawsuit against the Washington City Paper threatens to hurt any positive P.R. gains Snyder has made since hiring Mike Shanahan.
For his first piece as a columnist in the Washington Post, Jason Reid takes Snyder to task for the lawsuit. The move seems petty. It’s attracting attention to a story no one really read in the first place.
When we spoke to Snyder at the Super Bowl, Snyder said he wasn’t afraid of the attention the lawsuit would bring.
“I don’t care. What’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong,” Snyder said.
He constantly said the article in question made fun of his wife and her efforts about breast cancer. We understand his anger there; any man can understand defending on his family.
The reality is more complicated. It’s hard to see where the City Paper addressed Snyder’s wife in a negative light. Her courageous leadership on raising awareness for breast cancer was not mentioned in the article.
The whole topic is confusing. Snyder says he’ll drop the lawsuit if the author just apologizes, but that doesn’t appear likely. The Washington City Paper has set up a legal defense fund, which Deadspin links to every day while pointing out Snyder’s history.
Snyder truly seems to want to turn he page on the tumultuous early days of ownership, but there is no way to “win” this battle. Quietly ending the lawsuit would be the best route at this point. All press is not good press.