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.
October 15, 2013 |
NBC's Bob Costas weighed in Sunday that it is time for the Washington Redskins to change their name. But don't look for the networks that carry the National Football League, including NBC, to follow his lead just yet. Even if NBC wanted to, its contract with the NFL would make such a move difficult. In a statement, an NBC Sports spokesman said, "although we are sensitive to the fact that some may find this situation offensive, we are contractually obligated to use current NFL team names.
October 14, 2013 |
Bob Costas and Glenn Beck might want to avoid making plans to catch a Redskins game together. Beck, the outspoken right-wing radio host, is fuming after Costas aired an editorial criticizing the Washington Redskins' nickname as an ethnic "insult" and "slur" to Native Americans during Sunday's telecast of the NFL game between the Redskins and Dallas Cowboys. The longtime NBC sportscaster noted other team mascots and nicknames that...
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...
September 5, 2013 |
The Oneida Indian Nation is taking to the airwaves to pressure the Washington Redskins to dump their nickname. The tribe, based in Central New York, announced Thursday it will launch an advertising campaign to urge the NFL franchise to shed a nickname frequently deemed offensive. The first ads will air on sports radio in Washington, D.C. in advance of the team's season-opening game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The ads will ask NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to “do the right thing” and back the campaign.
August 28, 2013 |
We knew quarterback Robert Griffin III could score, and now we know he's a great rebounder too. The Washington Redskins star, whose rookie season ended with a major knee injury, will start the Monday, Sept. 9 opener against Philadelphia, according to an ESPN report. Although Griffin did not appear in any exhibition games this summer, the Washington Post reported Monday that “several people who have been involved in Redskins' practices” said the quarterback has taken practically all the snaps with the No. 1 offense since last week and looks like the dynamic player we saw last season.
July 22, 2013 |
Robert Griffin III has passed a major test toward his goal of playing in Week 1 of the NFL season, getting the go-ahead from the team doctors days before the Washington Redskins open training camp. "Doctors cleared me to practice. Coach is going to ease me in," Griffin announced Monday on Twitter. The two sentences represent hurdles past and future. Even though Griffin says he has the medical clearance after recovering from torn knee ligaments, it is now up to Coach Mike Shanahan to determine how often and how vigorously Griffin practices when the Redskins open camp Thursday in Richmond, Va. The Redskins had no comment on Griffin's tweet.
July 7, 2013 |
Robert Griffin III, a Heisman Trophy winner at Baylor and rookie of the year with the Washington Redskins, can add husband to his collection of achievements following what some say was a lavish wedding in Colorado on Saturday. Griffin, 23, married college sweetheart Rebecca Liddicoat in her hometown of Boulder. The two, who were engaged in 2010, wore all white, with the groomsmen in black and the bridesmaids in red. We know most of this thanks to social media. The easiest way to say It......BIG DAY!
May 29, 2013 |
The Washington Redskins name-change controversy just won't go away. Two weeks after Dan Snyder, the owner of the Redskins, said he will never change the team's name as long as he owns the franchise, 10 members of Congress sent letters urging a name change. The letters went to Snyder, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Redskins sponsor FedEx and the other 31 NFL franchises. "Native Americans throughout the country consider the 'R-word' a racial, derogatory slur akin to the 'N-word' among African Americans or the 'W-word' among Latinos," the letter said.
May 10, 2013 |
Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said that the football team is going to stick with its name. "We will never change the name of the team," Snyder told USA Today . "As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I think that the Redskins fans understand the great tradition and what it's all about and what it means, so we feel pretty fortunate to be just working on next season. " Snyder's comments come a week after David Grosso , a District of Columbia councilman, said he plans to introduce a resolution that would call on the Redskins to change their moniker.