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Dan Snyder Said He Was Advised To Sue The Washington City Paper

Dan Snyder just did a radio hit for ESPN 980 (his station, for the record) discussing his lawsuit against the Washington City Paper for libel and character defamation stemming from a November 18 article by Dave McKenna titled "The Cranky Redskins Fan Guide To Dan Snyder." In it, Snyder said that Tony Wyllie, the team's senior vice presidentt, advised him to go forward with the lawsuit.

"All I did was support Tony Wyllie. He wanted to do it," he said.    

He was asked about the timing at the Super Bowl, and he said that was his lawyers' decision. As for the reason for the lawsuit, he reiterated that it was simply a matter of right and wrong. 

"What's right is right, and what's wrong is wrong. There's nothing more to it. It's as simple as that."    

Snyder reiterated that he did not like what he felt was an anti-Semitic depiction of him on the cover photo (calling it "not nice" and "not appropriate").

"They've been doing this since the Nazis and before. You don't do it," he said, though it wasn't clear who "they" were.

He said he just wanted an apology from McKenna. He said he hasn't met McKenna, but believes he was in the wrong.

"If someone calls you a criminal, and makes fun of your wife who's battling breast cancer, shame on you," he said.

Finally, he said that he respects the media, but took a dig at the Washington Post and other traditional media outlets.

"I understand the Washington Post has a field day...that's what they do. Old media is trying to survive. Radio is on the up and up," he said.