There have been many gripes with Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder since he purchased the franchise in 1999, and Rick Maese covers scores of them in this comprehensive story for the Washington Post. Meddling, emotional inconsistency, and a general culture of fear in the organization were all things we more or less knew about, but one detail Maese uncovered that had not previously come to light were accusations of Scroogely miserliness:
While the Redskins have never been shy to pay millions to football players, former employees who’ve also worked elsewhere in the NFL say salaries for the rest of the operation lag behind many teams. Ex-staffers reported cutbacks during the recent recession — multiple employees reported receiving bags of apples one year in lieu of holiday bonuses — but Tony Wyllie, the Redskins’ senior vice president of communications, noted that a lot of companies tightened their belts during the recession.
That’s … reprehensible.
In the interest of balance, the report also speaks about some of Snyder’s charitable endeavors, as well as the owner’s positive reputation with many of the players that he overpaid.