The Associated Press reported that Daniel Snyder, owner of NFL team the Washington Redskins, has amended his defamation lawsuit against the Washington City Paper. Snyder’s suit originally claimed that the newspaper defamed him “in a series of articles dating to 2009” and called for “$2 million in general damages plus unspecified punitive damages and court costs.” Snyder also alleged racism. [See StinkyJournalism’s February story on the lawsuit’s original filing here.]
Among changes to the suit, Snyder removed the hedge fund that owns both the City Paper and its parent company as defendant and added Dave McKenna, the journalist who wrote the November story, “The Cranky Fan’s Guide to Dan Snyder.”
The lawsuit now calls for $1 million for damages and “unspecified punitive damages.” Also in the revised lawsuit, Snyder apparently “plays down the anti-Semitic allegations” but still alleges the article makes “false, malicious and defamatory” statements about him. The AP noted:
“In his old complaint, for example, ‘anti-Semitism’ is mentioned in the first paragraph. In the new one, it does not appear until the ninth paragraph.”
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