Redskins Owner Clowned for Starting Ron Rivera Press Conference With 'Happy Thanksgiving'

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder held a press conference today to introduce Ron Rivera as the team's new head coach.

Dan Snyder

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Dan Snyder

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder held a press conference on Thursday to introduce Ron Rivera as the team's new head coach. As soon as he took the podium, however, he decided to wish everyone in attendance a Happy Thanksgiving. Without skipping a beat, he said those words out loud on Jan. 2, which definitely is not Thanksgiving. 

The moment was captured and shared on Twitter by a number of people, generally inspiring confusion among fans. 

The Ron Rivera Era is off to a great start, everyone. Dan Snyder just wished everyone a “Happy Thanksgiving” on January 2nd, 2020:

— Paxton Boyd (@paxton) January 2, 2020

People chimed in on Twitter to try and break down the situation, which makes less sense the more time goes on. The phrase even trended on Twitter, giving the Redskins a strange start to 2020.

Dan Snyder just opened up the Rivera introduction saying”Happy Thanksgiving” to everyone. Am I missing something?

— Nick Niehaus (@NickNiehaus_) January 2, 2020

Snyder: Happy thanksgiving everybody


— Ryan (@Ryan_Kent) January 2, 2020

Did Dan Snyder just say Happy Thanksgiving while introducing Ron Rivera as the new @Redskins head coach?

— DeFi Denbar (@defidenbar) January 2, 2020

Dan Snyder just opened the Washington Redskins' presser to introduce Ron Rivera as new head coach by wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving. Explains a lot.

— The Ghost of Tom Joad (@_LostInTheFlood) January 2, 2020

Ron Rivera sounded great at his press conference today. Of course, anyone would have sounded great after Dan Snyder opened things up by telling everybody to have a Happy Thanksgiving. But I digress.

— Kyle Butler (@ButlersPicks) January 2, 2020

What Ron Rivera should have done after Dan Snyder wished everyone Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.

— Eric in Vista Padres/49ers (@ericrbv) January 2, 2020

Alright, what did Dan Snyder mean by Happy Thanksgiving. Ron Rivera started laughing after he said it, so was it an inside joke?

I need to understand.

— Eat Sleep Hail (@EatSleepHail) January 2, 2020

Some, however, interpreted the moment as an obtuse joke, rather than a bizarre slip-up. Rivera was fired from the Carolina Panthers midway through 2019 shortly after the team lost to the Redskins around Thanksgiving. Even if it was a chance for Snyder to crack a joke, most fans just seem to be bewildered by his comments.

You know Dan was joking right? Thanksgiving was when the #Redskins beat the #Panthers which was the game that got Rivera fired.

— Luis Landa (@1570_landa) January 2, 2020

Wait. So people are saying the whole Thanksgiving thing was meant as a joke about Rivera losing to Washington and getting fired? I mean, OK, but without any context at an introductory presser? That’s way too obtuse.

— Jason Reid (@JReidESPN) January 2, 2020

People are trolling Dan Snyder for “Happy Thanksgiving” I’m pretty sure the man said it purposefully, I’m sure he has a sense of humor. Thanksgiving being around the time Rivera was gone, and thankful for Rivera, Del Rio, and the fans sticking around... that or the man is tired

— Scott Sayasithsena (@a_sayasithsena) January 2, 2020

The move to hire Ron Rivera comes after the Redskins missed the playoffs for their fourth consecutive season, finishing last in the NFC East with just 3-13. 

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