Redskins’ Snyder shoots back at Smith’s criticism

Emmitt Smith says Dan Snyder lacks compassion. Snyder begs to differ.

After Smith ripped Snyder in a recent magazine interview, the Redskins’ owner issued a tongue-in-cheek statement disputing the claim and even referencing the Hall of Fame running back’s 2006 “Dancing with the Stars” victory.

“I applaud Emmitt Smith’s induction into the NFL Hall of Fame (this summer) and, from what I understand, he’s a heck of a dancer,” Snyder said Saturday in the statement. “I think we’ve only met once briefly at an NFL function in 2000. I will say, however, that I like to think of myself as being a compassionate person, except toward the Dallas Cowboys.”

Smith, who spent 13 seasons with the Cowboys, told SLAM magazine that beating the NFC East rival Redskins was made sweeter because of his distaste for Snyder.

“I loved it with a passion,” said Smith, the NFL’s career rushing leader. “And I loved it more when Daniel Snyder got the team, for a number of reasons. I did. Because here is a guy who thought he could build a football team just because he has the money to buy players. There’s more to it than that. And he’s not a compassionate person, not a compassionate person at all from what I understand. And that makes me just want to pummel somebody.

“You know, you hate to see pride, wearing itself on his forehead and his chest. And to me, arrogance sticks out like a sore thumb when you talk about him. And the lack of compassion for others is a problem. Because it’s not that hard to be compassionate; you just choose to.”

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