October 9, 2013 |
The Washington Redskins name-change fight is heating up. Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who previously insisted he would never change the team's nickname even though some people find it offensive, wrote a letter to his team's season-ticket holders defending his position. "I've listened carefully to the commentary and perspectives on all sides, and I respect the feelings of those who are offended by the team name," Snyder said in the letter. "But I hope such individuals also try to respect what the name means, not only for all of us in the extended Washington Redskins family, but among Native Americans too. " In response Wednesday, Oneida Indian Nation representative Ray Halbritter wrote: "We are glad to see that Mr. Snyder is listening to the growing number of critics on this issue...
August 19, 2006
From Bill Plaschke's Aug. 13 column: "How this blatant ethnic slander is continually allowed to proliferate in our nation's capital is one of the biggest mysteries in sports." It's not a mystery. Everyone loves the name, even the players. Isn't it wonderful that in America, white men and black men are proud to play on a team called the Redskins? That's what this country is all about. Get over it, Bill. RAY UHLER Irvine
September 17, 2012 |
When Robert Griffin III, best known as RG3, had his spectacular debut earlier this month, the world got a glimpse of "Griffining. " That's when the Redskins' rookie quarterback signaled touchdown (pictured at left) after getting knocked to the ground on a long scoring pass to Pierre Garcon. RG3, the second overall pick in the draft, led Washington to a 40-32 victory over the Saints in New Orleans by passing for 320 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. "Who would have thought getting knocked on your butt and throwing a touchdown would start a phenomenon like that?"
October 15, 2013 |
"Think for a moment about the term 'Redskins,'" NBC Sports commentator Bob Costas exhorted viewers during his halftime tirade of Sunday's Cowboys-Redskins game. "Ask yourself what the equivalent would be, if directed [at] African Americans. Hispanics. Asians. Or members of any other ethnic group. When considered that way, 'Redskins' can't possibly honor a heritage or a noble character trait, nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term. "It is an insult, a slur, no matter how benign the present-day intent," Costas continued.
January 10, 2013 |
Mayor Vincent Gray of Washington, D.C., said the Redskins must consider a name change if the team wants to move from FedEx Field in Landover, Md., to a stadium inside the District of Columbia. “I think that if they get serious with the team coming back to Washington, there's no doubt there's going to have to be a discussion about that,” Gray said at a news conference Wednesday. "I think it has become a lightning rod, and I would love to be able to sit down with the team and see if a change should be made.
May 1, 2013 |
Hail to the Redtails? If a newly elected District of Columbia councilman has his way, that's what Washington football fans might be singing once the Redskins change their name from a term he and many others consider offensive to Native Americans. David Grosso, an at-large independent, plans on introducing a resolution that would call on the D.C. area's NFL team to change a name that is “racist and derogatory,” he says. The debate isn't a new one, but it has picked up steam again in recent months with a group of Native Americans launching a court battle to force a name change by denying the Redskins federal trademark protection.