Cowboys weekly apologizes for Hitler remark

September 30, 1999|By DALLAS MORNING NEWS

DALLAS -- A Jewish group demanded and got an apology Tuesday after the Dallas Cowboys' fan newspaper compared a rival team's owner to Hitler.

The Zionist Organization of America accused the Official Dallas Cowboys Weekly of "trivializing" the Holocaust by invoking the Nazi leader in depicting Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder as a "dictator."

Russ Russell, longtime publisher of the weekly, which has a circulation of about 50,000 worldwide, said he didn't read the column ahead of time and would not have approved it if he had.

"I'm deeply sorry," he said, vowing to publish an apology next week. "I apologize. After it's in print, there's no way I can stop it, but I can certainly write a retraction or apology."

In the Sept. 25 issue, senior editor Jim Browder wrote that in the televised Redskins game on Sept. 12, injured Cowboy Deion Sanders had gotten more air time than Hitler would have had he been in the stands.

He continued, "Or was that Hitler in the Washington owner's box that they kept zooming in on when they weren't showing Deion? No, that was new Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. Snyder is the Redskins dictator, a 34-year-old with far too much money."

Pub Date: 9/30/99

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