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Smokey and the Bandit

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DAN SNYDER
Team owner Daniel Snyder of the Washington Redskins looks on from the sideline before a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on October 28, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Redskins 27-12. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images) | George Gojkovich via Getty Images

Two recent events further highlight Snyder’s imperiousness. The first is a renewed chorus of demands by everyone from Native American activists to the D.C. city council that the team change its inherently offensive name—to which Snyder last year responded, “NEVER—you can use caps.”

The second is the settling last fall by the National Park Service (NPS) of a whistleblower complaint over a secret sweetheart deal Snyder extracted nine years ago to give his Maryland home an unobstructed view of the Potomac River. It was a small concession in the grand scheme of things, the kind that the rich and powerful frequently wheedle out of government, especially back then, during the presidency of George W. Bush, when such favors were flowing like booze in a skybox. But its discovery set off a decade-long campaign of bureaucratic retribution over two administrations that nearly sent an innocent man to prison.

Read the whole story at Washington Monthly