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Depicted with Horns and Facial Hair, Redskins Owner Plans to Sue Newspaper, Seeks Reporter's Firing

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Angered by what he and his counsel describe as an unfair and defamatory cover story in an alternative Washington, D.C., newspaper, the owner of the Redskins is seeking the dismissal of the reporter who authored it and threatening to sue.

Depicted in a photo with pen-scribbled horns and fake facial hair in the November article, The Cranky Redskin Fan’s Guide to Dan Snyder, the team owner has also asked that e-mails between author Dave McKenna and Washington Post sports blogger Dan Steinberg be preserved, reports the Washington Post.

Snyder and his lawyers reportedly plan to explore whether McKenna and Steinberg planned to cross-promote each other’s work.

The two men are friends and former neighbors, which Steinberg disclosed when he linked to the McKenna artice on his Post blog, calling it “an encyclopedic takedown of Snyder’s decade of Redskins ownership, with just about all the horror stories gathered in one place.”

The publisher of the City Paper is standing behind McKenna’s article and says Snyder hasn’t called to request any correction of claimed errors.

Additional coverage:

Washington Post: “Memo to Dan Snyder: Thank you for your stewardship of the Redskins”

Updated on Feb. 3 to include link to Washington Post column.

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