I'm going with the benefit of the doubt that Ted Leonsis is a sane person and not crazy. I say this because I have difficulty trying to understand the actions of an owner that refuses to make a move that would benefit the team as I watch countless other teams do. Leonsis is keeping Ernie Grunfeld as Team President and GM despite the fact for 13 years he is doing a terrible job of fielding a team by signing players who aren't good or are too hurt to play, losing season ticket holders, and seeing embarrassing low arena attendance each game. As all this is taking place Leonsis defends his actions by setting a low bar, blaming it on the building he owns, being condescending towards fans, and even fighting fans. This completely makes no sense as at one time Leonsis was pretty connected and well liked by fans. Why he would become so condescending and combative with fans unless he was protecting someone. Protecting his friend. And that is completely understandable and makes absolute sense. I know I'm going real arm chair psychologist right now but bear with me. I mean it's all there when you really look at it. The constant sly remarks towards his own paying customers, the words he had with a fan last week, the building excuses, and the low playoff bar. He's protecting him. He's protecting his friend. I mean who hasn't done this for a friend or family member? I've protected a friend before. I've got into physical altercations protecting a brother. I've made excuses for friends knowing damn well I shouldn't have. I've set a low bar a couple times for kids just so they can get out of a punishment and play. I've done what Leonsis has done and you probably have too.A fan in the stands that has every right to be disgruntled made a sign showing his displeasure about Grunfeld. Yes he wanted to make sure Leonsis saw it as this fan is confused just as many others why he is still the GM of this team. Leonsis, protecting his friend, insults him and then later gives him a cookie for the attention he received. This is basically "Hey don't talk about my friend" attitude. I understand Ted Leonsis for the first time since he's owned this team. Ted Leonsis needs to understand his friendship with Ernie Grunfeld is stopping the Washington Wizards from progressing. We've actually seen this in another sport. For years Dan Snyder was hated because of his relationship with Vinny Cerrato. The Washington Redskins were the laughingstock of the NFL because Cerrato made terrible decisions for years. Finally he let go of his friend and power. Snyder hired Marty Schottenheimer as head coach with executive and personnel power back in 2000.