Washington owner Daniel Snyder once filed a lawsuit against the Washington City Paper that the New York Times described as “odd.” His latest lawsuit, depending on how it unfolds, could eventually make that one look like a garden-variety landlord-tenant dispute on The Peoples Court.

The eventual path depends on the evidence. Snyder either will show that someone with plenty of money and influence (potentially, one of his limited partners) tried to engineer Snyder’s downfall or will come off as paranoid and reckless, throwing money down a legal dry hole while also creating the impression that he’s trying to keep current and former employees from talking about him to the media.

“We know someone’s behind these slanderous and, quite frankly, despicable articles that were published,” lawyer Joe Tacopina told the Washington Post.