- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 6, 2010

Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith and Redskins owner Daniel Snyder are getting into a bit of a verbal exchange through the media, as Snyder responded to a comment made by the Dallas Cowboys great in SLAM Magazine this week.

When asked by SLAM what team he liked beating the most on the football field, Smith responded:

“I loved defeating the Redskins. I loved it, I loved it, I loved it with a passion,” Smith said. “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.”

On Saturday, Snyder issued a short statement through Redskins’ PR:

“I applaud Emmitt Smith’s induction into the NFL Hall of Fame and, from what I understand, he’s a heck of a dancer. 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.”