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Clinton Portis rides to the defense of Dan Snyder

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Former Redskins running back Clinton Portis never fails to make it interesting.

The eccentric Portis (who used to show up for interviews in characters such as Coach Janky Spanky, Southeast Jerome and Sheriff Gonna Getcha) recently turned up on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C., and the conversation was about as far-ranging as you might imagine.

Portis joined Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier (transcript via SportsRadioInterviews.com) to discuss everything from his future plans and current political affiliations.

Asked about a potential comeback, Portis said: “If things happen then cool, if not, that’s cool too.”

Of showing up at a fund-raiser for and supporting Vice President Joe Biden, Portis said: “It took longer than four years to mess the country up, so it’s not gonna be put back together and everybody’s not gonna get a job in four years.”

But his most interesting comments may have been a lengthy defense of Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who has become a lightning rod for his stewardship of a sagging franchise.

“I think so many people got the wrong idea about Mr. Snyder,” Portis said. “I think he’s a guy that is so dedicated to that Redskins organization and wants to badly to bring a championship to town and get the town what they want, and give Redskin Nation what they want, that a lot of people get aggravated with the change.

“I think he’s willing to go out and do anything and everything that needs to be done to make that organization better. And so many people criticize that. There’s a lot of owners that won’t go out and put a dime into the organization, won’t bring players in, won’t pay players … and their fans are upset.

“So I think Mr. Snyder does all that he can and is really just a man that has the desire to win and he wants to win at any cost. I think he’s doing everything he could to make the organization better, and the people within the organization — as far as the players — love him. I think he’s a great guy. … He’s still trying to find the pieces to the puzzle to get it on the positive side, and you have to applaud it.”

That’s one way of looking at it. Perhaps another is that Snyder has tried to do too much, constantly fiddling with the team, and in the process even making a Hall of Famer  such as Joe Gibbs look bad in the process.

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17 Responses to “Clinton Portis rides to the defense of Dan Snyder”
  1. getyourownname says: Jun 20, 2012 2:24 PM

    “Snyder’s a guy that …..wants to badly to bring a championship to town …”

    Well, I would say he is doing it exactly as Portis described.

  2. sadskinsfan89 says: Jun 20, 2012 2:26 PM

    Yea and making great decisions like trading champ bailey for this bum. As a skins fan i wish that trade never occurred. At least someone likes snyder. Maybe he really needs a job

  3. kozmo50 says: Jun 20, 2012 2:30 PM

    Wow, just reading that leads me to the decision, that my kid will NEVER go to the U!!

  4. goredskins11 says: Jun 20, 2012 2:52 PM

    It says at the end of this article that Snyder made Gibbs look bad. I’m not sure how he did that. You realize that from the time Gibbs left after the 92-93 season, the Redskins only made the playoffs once in the next 12 years. Then Gibbs comes back for 4 years and takes them to the playoffs twice in that time. I don’t see how that makes him look bad.

  5. thehairychestsportsblog says: Jun 20, 2012 2:57 PM

    Bailey was a stud…but if you remember he wasn’t going to resign. Had to get something for him and say what u want about Portis. On the field he was a good back. Bailey was livid over the teams handling of Jessie Armstead one of many reasons he wasn’t coming back.

  6. mthoover says: Jun 20, 2012 3:13 PM

    Trust no man who attends a Joe Biden fundraiser.

  7. ramasez says: Jun 20, 2012 3:27 PM

    You are a moron if you think Champ Bailey was going to resign, Dan and Joe took a bad situation and made it better whether you liked the movie or not. They could have gotten nothing at all.

  8. bigjd says: Jun 20, 2012 3:32 PM

    Multiple concussions qualify you as a political expert.

  9. jahbird says: Jun 20, 2012 4:10 PM

    @kozmo50

    Linguistic science would tell you that if he is understood by his peers then he is speaking correctly, and that spoken language is not indicative of intelligence. Clinton Portis is from Georgia and speaks in the local vernacular spoken by the black community there because of it. There’s nothing wrong with that, nor does it reflect poorly on the U.

    Every time black athletes speak, some internet commenter wants to disparage their intelligence. Go ahead and google “Grammar for Spoken Language” or “Rules for Spoken Language,” they don’t exist.

    I get it, he “sounds” like an idiot but you should know that’s just prejudice talking.

  10. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jun 20, 2012 4:24 PM

    jahbird says: Jun 20, 2012 4:10 PM

    @kozmo50

    Linguistic science would tell you that if he is understood by his peers then he is speaking correctly, and that spoken language is not indicative of intelligence. Clinton Portis is from Georgia and speaks in the local vernacular spoken by the black community there because of it. There’s nothing wrong with that, nor does it reflect poorly on the U.

    Every time black athletes speak, some internet commenter wants to disparage their intelligence. Go ahead and google “Grammar for Spoken Language” or “Rules for Spoken Language,” they don’t exist.

    I get it, he “sounds” like an idiot but you should know that’s just prejudice talking.

    _______________________________

    Well said. @kozmo50’s head would explode if he actually traveled to the south. It’s almost like traveling to a different country the way words are thrown around and reinvented. It’s also not just black but whites share some of it too.

  11. skinsdiehard says: Jun 20, 2012 4:52 PM

    This new PFT writer already has a preconceived notion of Snyder. He does not fiddle with the team. For the 100th time, he hired the wrong guy in Vinny Cerrato. Cerrato and Spurrier were a disaster and Cerrato and Zorn did not work. He finally realized what the fans already knew: Cerrato knows nothing about building a team. Gibbs came in and took them to the playoffs in 2005 and 2007. I think Shanahan and Allen were good hires and should do well soon. Hopefully, Snyder has learned to hire better folks and get out of the way. But I dont have a problem with his willingness to spend either.

  12. jackericsson says: Jun 20, 2012 5:15 PM

    I think Dan Snyder is doing an outstanding job! Though, I’m not a fan of the Skins. I also liked Snyder’s acting in the show Fantasy Island. “the plane boss, the plane”. Hilarious!

  13. tsizzlehotpiss says: Jun 20, 2012 5:19 PM

    jahbird says:Jun 20, 2012 4:10 PM

    @kozmo50

    Linguistic science would tell you that if he is understood by his peers then he is speaking correctly, and that spoken language is not indicative of intelligence. Clinton Portis is from Georgia and speaks in the local vernacular spoken by the black community there because of it. There’s nothing wrong with that, nor does it reflect poorly on the U.

    Every time black athletes speak, some internet commenter wants to disparage their intelligence. Go ahead and google “Grammar for Spoken Language” or “Rules for Spoken Language,” they don’t exist.

    I get it, he “sounds” like an idiot but you should know that’s just prejudice talking.

    jahbird, Clinton Portis grew up in Laurel, Mississippi and Gainesville, Florida. He did not grow up in Georgia. Get your own facts straight before you criticize other posters.

  14. jahbird says: Jun 20, 2012 9:26 PM

    @tsizzle, I stand corrected, but I think you may have missed the point of my post.

  15. trevor123698 says: Jun 21, 2012 1:27 AM

    “It took longer than four years to mess the country up, so it’s not gonna be put back together and everybody’s not gonna get a job in four years.”

    Actually Clinton Portis, President Obama added 6.5 Trillion dollars to the national debt. The 43 prior presidents combined couldnt do that type of damage. The money has surely gone to Portis’ head, though Im not sure that he ever had the capability to realize the truth about the current one party political system.

  16. andyb053 says: Jun 21, 2012 1:29 PM

    @jahbird

    I am and always have been a big Portis fan because of the effort he gave every game. It didn’t always translate to a lot of production, but you could never deny his heart so I will always look at him in a positive light. But grammar is an objective thing–there is in fact a wrong and a right–and Portis’ use of it has never been great. It doesn’t mean he’s not intelligent, it surely doesn’t have anything to do with the color of his skin, but bad grammar is bad grammar.

    Go ahead and google “Grammar” and tell me if you see the word “written” anywhere in it. Grammar applies to “language”, which includes writing and speaking.

  17. nagaswan says: Jun 21, 2012 3:42 PM

    “Zorn would try to discipline him and he would go to the owner,” the player said. “Every time Zorn tried to discipline someone he [was emasculated] by the owner. No one respected his authority. The high-profile stars would go to the owner.”

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