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'Sign The 1st Amendment Petition' Against Dan Snyder's Lawsuit

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- If you're opposed to Snyder's lawsuit against the Washington City Paper, leave the comment "Drop the Lawsuit, Dan!" in the comment section of this story. You can believe, we here at 9SPORTS NOW will forward your messages to Snyder's office.

Snyder says a recent article published about him in the Washington City Paper has defamed his reputation so he is suing the paper. Thursday night, 9NEWS NOW Sports Director Brett Haber weighed in on the lawsuit and the controversy.

The following is the transcript from Thursday's 11 p.m. show:

Snyder is probably the most controversial story in Washington tonight, and as you would imagine this topic is blowing up our Facebook page. Sports Director Brett Haber is here with his take on the latest Snyder snit.

In the past, Daniel Snyder has been brash, impatient and even capricious in his management of the Redskins, but that was his prerogative -- after all, it's his team... but the lawsuit against the Washington City Paper goes beyond that... it is a classic case of bullying, and a man stepping on the first amendment rights of a legitimate news organization because he doesn't like what they say about him...

...Those who've reviewed Snyder's case find his claims of slander to be little more than trumped-up charges over a farcically-written opinion piece. This isn't Russia. You don't get to stifle what the media says just because it paints you in a negative light....

But even more repugnant is the fact that Snyder has threatened to use his wallet to intimidate the newspaper into backing down... 

 ...in a letter to the newspaper's owners, Snyder's lawyer David Donovan said, "Mr. Snyder has more than sufficient means to protect his reputation... We presume that defending such litigation would not be a rational strategy for (you because)... The cost of litigation would quickly outstrip the asset value of the Washington City paper"...

...In other words -- you can't afford to defend this lawsuit -- we're richer than you, so fire the author and give up. To their credit, The City Paper has no plans to do either.

But most offensive of all is Snyder's reckless claim of antisemitism...

...saying the newspaper's cover-art depicting Snyder with horns and a mustache invokes longstanding anti-Jewish imagery....

Well, speaking as a Jew, that's baloney. Moreover, it's an opportunistic and self-serving accusation that minimizes the real pain suffered by legitimately-aggrieved Jews throughout the world. As the City Paper correctly points out... 

...the cover suggests a child's scribblings across a photo of Snyder -- it doesn't portray him antisemitically, it portrays him as a figurative devil -- and oh by the way, the cover artist and the editor who approved it are both Jewish...

...Snyder doesn't like the fact that people don't like him, and say unflattering things about him. And he's discovering that unlike other areas of his life and career, throwing money at the problem won't fix it. The truth that Snyder fails to grasp is that the only way to stop being portrayed as such an unlikable figure -- is to stop acting like one...

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First amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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Friday night, Brett Haber followed up with an offer to Dan Snyder.

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