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Deron Snyder

Deron Snyder

Deron Snyder is an award-winning journalist and Washington Times sports columnist with more than 25 years of experience. He has worked at USA Today and his column was syndicated in Gannett's 80-plus newspapers from 2000-2009, appearing in The Arizona Republic, The Indianapolis Star, The Detroit News and many others. Follow Deron on Twitter @DeronSnyder or email him at

Articles by Deron Snyder

The United States' Simone Manuel set a U.S. record and tied an Olympic record when she won the gold medal in the women's 100-meter freestyle last week in Rio de Janeiro. In doing so, Manuel became the first black woman to win an individual gold medal in Olympic swimming. (Associated PRess Photographs)

Simone Manuel's lessons as valuable as her medals

It's impossible to extract the full value of her accomplishments without acknowledging Manuel's African-American heritage. Her background should be highlighted because it adds important context to the story. Published August 15, 2016

Washington had hired general manager Scot McCloughan, known as a personnel-gathering savant who grappled with personal challenges. The team drafted an offensive lineman with its first pick. It was a head-turning, agreeable decision for an organization often more attracted to shine than concrete. 
 In this photo taken Sept. 13, 2015, Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, in Landover, Md. After seeing their team unravel following a disputed penalty call in a 28-point loss this season, a couple of veterans on the Redskins, safety Dashon Goldson and nose tackle Terrance Pot Roast Knighton thought a players-only meeting would be a good idea.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Being on 'Hard Knocks' should not be up to Scot McCloughan

The Redskins general manager says he does not want the organization to appear on HBO's inside look at NFL teams. Deron Snyder says it's not up to him, and the NFL may consider McCloughan's stance as fuel to put them on the program. Published August 8, 2016

Michael Jordan leaves the U.S. courthouse Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, in Chicago. after the first day of his civil trial against the defunct grocery-store chain Dominick's Finer Foods for using his name and jersey number without permission. (Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times Media via AP) **FILE**

Michael Jordan comes in late, which is better than never

It's better for Jordan to take a shot and miss, than to remain on the sideline while less luminous figures fire away. Even though he failed to offer his voice on numerous occasions before, much work remains to be done. Published July 27, 2016

Golden State Warriors' newest player Kevin Durant, center, joins head coach Steve Kerr, left and general manager Bob Myers during a news conference at the NBA basketball team's practice facility, Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach) **FILE**

What NBA teams 'want,' players 'need' rightfully two different things

GMs are free to deal as they see fit in attempts to build the best team possible. They're encouraged to use draft picks, trades and free-agent signings in an effort to crush the competition and win a championship. But when players take matters into their own hands? Oh no! Published July 20, 2016

Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell apologized for posting a graphic on Instagram that depicts the brutal killing of a police officer. (Associated Press)

Isaiah Crowell, Minnesota Lynx actions show sports, society continue to collide

Sports take place in such public arenas (literally), it's unrealistic to think everyone will get along and play nice without the threat of uniformed, armed police officers on hand. It's also unrealistic to expect lockstep-thinking and behavior from the athletes. They have a platform and some will use it to express their opinions, no matter how they might conflict with your or anyone else's thoughts. Published July 13, 2016

Memphis Grizzlies' Mike Conley (11) celebrates after hitting a basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Indianapolis. The Grizzlies won the game 112-103. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

NBA free agency shows capitalism at work

The spending spree that rocked sports since Friday is a simple case of economics and market forces. The reaction from many observers is also a simple matter: They're angry, envious and bitter because NBA players struck it rich instead of them. Published July 4, 2016