Is Lanny Davis turning to sports for reputation resuscitation?

The attorney and lobbyist has faced criticism for years over his representation of coup supporters and dictators. Now, he’s repping sports stars and owners, perhaps to burnish his image.

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When Penn State University hired him as an adviser to its new president in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, New York Magazine declared the very act of employing Davis an admission of being “extremely culpable.” He has worked for dictators and coup supporters and has been hammered for being a shill.

Davis may be on a quest to turn his reputation around by wading into the world of sports, Gawker‘s Tom Scocca concludes. In a radio interview this month, Davis came off as a calming influence in a story about the Washington Redskins’ team name and the team’s owner, Dan Snyder, a longtime client of Davis’.

Snyder had previously said that the team’s name would simply never change, and he invited reporters to use all-caps.

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