This week was a bad week for Daniel Snyder. Today, Governor Hogan announced he was abandoning his plans to pursue a new stadium in Maryland. This was probably due in part to the reluctance of the Prince Georges County Executive to spend public dollars on supporting infrastructure when so many pressing needs compete for scarce resources. And yesterday, Democrat Delegate David Moon re-introduced a bill to prohibit the expenditure of public tax dollars to support a stadium. This bill is also being introduced in the Virginia legislature by Republican Delegate Michael Webert and, and DC Councilmember David Grosso.
Why is this effort bi-partisan? Perhaps in part because elected officials are realizing that heavily subsidizing stadiums is a losing economic proposition. I also think, however, that they do not want to subsidize moral bankruptcy. This team has had a string of losing moral moves including mistreatment and exploitation of cheerleaders, hiring a running back that admitted to physical abuse of his child, and hiring a linebacker accused of domestic abuse that no other team would employ. This is the same moral bankruptcy that insists that a dictionary defined racial slur is an honor for Native Americans.
It is time to make it clear to Mr. Daniel Snyder that his business model is not welcome. He needs to change his ways or else his public reputation will continue to suffer damage, his team will become increasingly unpopular, attendance at the games will continue to shrink, and his profits will decline. People just sense that there is something rotten in the state of Fed Ex Field. That is why I have been advocating that Montgomery County follow the lead of Washington DC and Arlington County in passing resolutions urging Mr. Snyder to change the name. Let us make it clear that Mr. Snyder will continue to experience discomfort and will not find a home for his stadium until he does the right thing.
County Executive Elrich has publicly indicated to me via Facebook of all mediums that he intends to introduce a resolution asking for a name change. He needs a majority of the Council. I implore you to conjure up the moral courage and become a part of a majority that will strike a blow for civil rights and dignity for all peoples.
Thank you for your attention to this serious matter.