Larry Weisman has gone from “Redskins Unfiltered” to “unemployed”, reports Washington City Paper.
According to a piece by Dave McKenna, “In July 2009, Weisman became what to me looked like the smartest hire Dan Snyder ever made. Snyder never got along with the press; Weisman was the press, a longtime and respected NFL writer for USAToday and frequent guest on local sportsradio who was liked by pretty much everybody.
“When he signed on with "Redskins Unfiltered," the team's p.r. machine's attempt to write news stories about the team itself, Weisman said his job was to keep doing what he'd always been doing as a newspaperman, only for a new boss.”
McKenna’s piece stated that “Weisman gave the team's faux news operation its greatest, and really only, credibility. ESPN would treat Weisman's releases like real news stories in regular news round-ups.”
However, last Friday, McKenna continued, “Weisman began spreading the word that he was out of work. "Kind of a shocker this AM," he tweeted. "So it goes. I guess free agents signed by the Redskins eventually get cut." … Asked about Weisman's departure, Redskins spokesperson Tony Wyllie says via email: "We don't comment publicly on personnel decisions and wish him the best of luck."”
More at: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2011/04/25/larry-weisman-goes-from-unfiltered-to-unemployed/
In other Redskins-related news, Snyder moved his defamation lawsuit against Washington City Paper from a NY to a DC court and added the author of the sharply critical article that's at the heart of the suit - Dave McKenna - as a defendant. In the suit, Snyder is seeking $1 million in damages, plus punitive damages, against the weekly newspaper and its owner for a November 2010 article that KcKenna had written about Synder.