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Daniel Snyder issues cease-and-desist letter to 'former Redskins great' LaVar Arrington

In this Dec. 1, 2013, file photo, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder walks off the field before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md. Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said Tuesday, April 22, 2014, it's time for people to "focus on reality" concerning Native American matters instead of criticizing the team's nickname. Challenged by those who consider the name "Redskins" offensive, Snyder and his staff recently traveled to Native American reservations and last month established a foundation to assist American Indian tribes
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Daniel Snyder has plenty of big problems that make people mad, but the Redskins owner also manages to find a bunch of little meaningless battles that further make him look like a villian.

LaVar Arrington, who played linebacker with the Redskins for six years, promoted himself as a "Redskins great" for his football camp on tackling, using a photo of Arrington in a Redskins uniform. Snyder, the owner of one of the most valuable franchises in sports, certainly can't care about this. Why would the organization even notice? And even if it did, Arrington put in some good years in Washington and this isn't exactly costing Snyder or the Redskins anything. It has no impact on the franchise whatsoever.

But the Redskins cared, according to the Washington Post. Because Snyder hasn't met a PR disaster he hasn't embraced.

When the Post contacted Arrington, he confirmed the cease-and-desist letter and said it was in reference to a flier with him in a Redskins uniform touting him as a "Redskins great."

“They won three games last year, man,” Arrington said on 106.7 The Fan, according to the Post. “I mean, it’s not like saying ‘Redskins great’ is going to sell out my camp. … I mean, we didn’t win very many games when I was there, so I just thought I was doing them a favor.”

If you want to argue that Snyder and the Redskins are within their legal rights, fine. But it's this type of petty nonsense that makes Snyder perhaps the most distasteful owner in the NFL.

The Redskins were the second-worst team in the NFL last year. Certainly the team and Snyder have more constructive things to do with its time and energy.

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