Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who went from being one of the most powerful, shameless players in backroom D.C. politics to serving four years in the minimum-security prison camp of Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Maryland, has a new book out in which he rips into Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder for the team’s hideous nickname.
“Snyder called me within hours of receiving the letter, and reviewed each point with me. He was kind and gracious, not the imperious brat the media had portrayed him to be. He said that he sympathized with my points about the team’s name, but he had been a Redskins fan since he was a kid, and he couldn’t bring himself to change it. His business acumen led many to think he was only a cold-hearted, cutthroat shark, but he was nothing but decent, honest and straightforward with me. A few seasons later, I was given first choice of the new suites in the former press section and our expenditures at FedEx Field grew exponentially.”
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