Posted May 09, 2013

Dan Snyder: Redskins will ‘never’ change team name

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Redskins owner Dan Snyder said that the Redskins name would "never" change. (Larry French/Getty Images)

Redskins owner Dan Snyder said that the Redskins name would “never” change. (Larry French/Getty Images)

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said Thursday that as long as he owns the team, the Redskins name would “never” change because of the tradition associated with the name.

“We will never change the name of the team,” Snyder said in an interview with USA Today’s Erik Brady this week. “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 proclamation comes at a time when the organization has faced a barrage of renewed criticism over the name, which some consider offensive to Native Americans. Washington Mayor Vincent Gray said in January that he hoped the team would consider changing the name.

And in February, the Redskins were targeted during a  daylong symposium at the Smithsonian about racial stereotypes, to which they were invited but chose not to attend. Washington Mayor Vincent Gray also pointedly referred to the franchise as “our Washington football team” in his recent State of the District speech, avoiding the Redskins nickname.

Still, Snyder was defiant when asked about it this week.

“We’ll never change the name,” he told USA Today. “It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.”

A recent Associated Press poll found that nearly four in five Americans don’t think that the Redskins should have to change their name.


204 comments
ReskinsForEver
ReskinsForEver

I'm with Dan Synder, Great Name and Costa  and the rest of those wanting the name change to go screw them selves.....this is a traditional name and there is no racial slur....only the idiots who want to change it seem to think so!

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Well, the trolls are certainly hot on this one.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

All of you PC types that have been spending your time ranting about the name Redskins because you care so deeply about the plight of the American Indian would be better served by actually physically doing something to help them out.  Maybe donating time to a food shelf, making a financial donation, supporting a child, etc....  Preaching about team names, while making you feel enlightened, does nothing tangible to help the people that you are supposedly supporting.

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

Snyder is one of the worst owners in sports and his statement is one of the dumbest ever made by an owner.  

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

The NFL needs to step in and take decisive action. Announcers should be prohibited from mentioning the Washington team name. Snyder should be fined EVERY SINGLE DAY until he changes the name. It would be great if news/sports services refused to use the name as well. This is a racist term and there is no denying that fact. It may take a while, but the name WILL be changed because it IS racist. As a society we have to refuse to accept this kind of language. Just as the n-word is not accepted the r-word should not be. Let's move into the 21st century, okay. It's way past time.

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

I have of list of others teams that should change their names, NY Yankees it offensive to southern people, Dallas Cowboys, if we cant have Redskins guess we cant have Cowboys, Green Bay Parkers offensive to all meat packers, the Minnesota Vikings very offensive to the Vikings, Pittsburg Steelers, offensive to steel workers, Az Candinals, a lot of candinals dont like this name, and what about the Saints, Tampa Bay Bucs, This was all made in fun....

jacksonjohn49
jacksonjohn49

I am going to write Dan Snyder and say good job!  I am sick to death of this noise!  If he changed the name…I could live with it.  I would STILL call them Redskins but I could deal with it.  If he moves the team back to DC I WILL NEVER go to another game!  I have season tickets to Fed Ex this year.  One think that chaps my butt is some asssclown politician telling private citizens what they have to do! HTTR

Broncoite
Broncoite

100% with You and really don't care about the rest of the crowd who have forgot that is a Sport NOT POLITICAL. B.S

Loki
Loki

If the decendants of native americans want to stop the tarnishing of their heritage, they should stop complaining like a bunch of panzies...whatever happened to the MEN of the native american people? the strong one's, not the biitches playing the victim for crimes against their great great great grandparents....WHen I think of the Redskin, I think of an honorable and brave, people...when I think of native americans, NOW, I think of a bunch of whiny babies that aren't happy with their tax exemptions...a people with their hands out...

Mark V.1
Mark V.1

Frankly, I don't care what Washington calls its NFL team.  I just get annoyed when people, empowered by their faux-outrage, get their way by throwing around words like "racist."  Get over yourselves and stop taking these unimportant minutia in life so seriously.  There is no actual animosity in the term "Redskins"; the only animosity is imagined by the over-sensitive champions of "tolerance" in order to give themselves something to complain--no, wait--feel important about.

h8theloonyleft
h8theloonyleft

Hey, how about all the liberal bedwetters get together, pool their money and buy a NFL team, and then they can name it whatever they want. The "Anti-Redskins". More appopriate would be the "TinFoil Hat Brigade"

Chris8
Chris8

This is such a silly debate.  If they changed the name the world wouldn't end, just as it hasn't while they've had the name.  But lets stop kidding ourselves, keeping the name has nothing to do with honoring Native Americans or keeping tradition.  It's just about people not wanting something to be different than what they're used to.

 

You see people freak out and have conniptions if a team changes it's uniform design or it's colors.  Until they calm down and realize it's still the same football team.  Personally I have no problem if they change the name.  It would put an end to the debate and soon enough people would just shut up and get used to it.  Sure they'll complain about it being just some kind of silly P.C. move, but frankly those kind of people will always find something to complain about.  Complaining is what they do.

 

On the flip side, people need to get it in their heads that the meaning of words can and does change over time.  Nobody who refers to the Washington Redskins football team does so to be insulting.  They do it because that's what the team has been called likely since they were born.  You can debate all you want about who has permission to use what word, and in what context, but don't forget it's just a collection of sounds/symbols.  It only has meaning if you give it one, and most people probably don't.

 

 

gymviking
gymviking

  Well, I'm Irish and having the Celtics use a mascot of a fighting leprechaun implies a racial stereotype of drunken and pugnacious behavior which is highly offensive. On the other hand, it's kind of funny, so meh, I got over it.

I do, however, agree that the name "Redskins" is the most distasteful team name in the major sports.

JimCasey
JimCasey

Snyder himself probably does not understand the origin of the name. When the team started, in Boston in the 30's, the NFL was nothing. There were few fans, little media attention, and in order to try to gain more appeal, teams took names that related to the much more popular local baseball teams. Hence, Bears in Chicago with the Cubs, Lions in Detroit with the Tigers, and the New York football Giants, as they were called until the baseball team moved to San Francisco. So too in Boston, where the name Redskins sounded similar to Red Sox, and where the Indian logo was similar to the other baseball team, the Braves.  Snyder has been wrong before, like signing Bruce Smith, Deion Sanders, and others long past their prime, and his hiring of coaches like Jim Zorn and Steve Spurrier. I am a native Washingtonian who grew up with the last all-white NFL team, with a racist owner who was forced by the league to trade for Bobby Mitchell, who is in the Hall of Fame. It is past time for the name to be changed.

scBlais
scBlais

I'm have Mi'kmaq on my dad's side.  Honestly there is not a single person in my family who finds stuff like this in any way offensive.  It's only a concern to over reactionary PC police. 

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

I am the last person to jump on the politically correct bandwagon - but even I can see that Redskins is an offensive relic of ages past. It is no more acceptable than if a team were the honkies, s**cs, greasers or n***ers. Snyder once again demonstrates he is a repulsive human being. Karma will keep washington out of the Super Bowl until the change is made.

sadamo1
sadamo1

Incidentally, Dan Snyder is the perfect person to represent the cause of keeping the name.  With enough money you can basically do anything in this country including murder.

sadamo1
sadamo1

Incidentally, Dan Snyder's is the perfect person to represent the cause of keeping the name.  With enough money you can basically do anything in this country including murder.

sadamo1
sadamo1

Just goes to show you how ignorant and unwilling we are to accept responsibility with regard to our treatment of Native Americans. We celebrate Independence Day when we earned a hard fought victory from England because we are so awesome.  If someone steals something, we take them to court and they are brought to justice because they deserve it.  However, our forefathers murdered Native Americans and offered a bounty on every "Redskin" that was collected.  Are we ever going to give back that land?  No.  "Redskins" is representative of the savage attitude we held towards Indians.  Imagine if the government sponsored a program to give citizens $50 for ever "N word" they killed in an effort to clean up an inner city.  Should that team be named after the N word.  There is a difference between naming a team the "Chiefs" as opposed to naming a team after the murder of an American Indian whose only crime was they had something we wanted.

John NoLastName
John NoLastName

Those of you whining about "political correctness" would change your tune in a hurry if they decided to rename the team as the "Ignorant Redneck Buffoons". Makes a difference when it's you, eh?

"Redskins" is not offensive to *meeeeeeee*, so therefore it can't be offensive to anyone.

KeJo
KeJo

white people making comments about how it's not offensive is hilarious.  Funny if it wasn't so sad.

Redskins is equivalent to Ni****, so you can be on the loser bigot side of history or you can be enlightened and empathetic.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @Rickapolis C,mon Rick, you are better than that.  Your posts are generally level-headed and thought provoking, whether I agree with you or not.   Suddenly, those that disagree with you are trolls?  Leave the troll & the mom's basement comments to the lowest common denominator and he cyber-screamers,  where they began and belong.

jacksonjohn49
jacksonjohn49

 @RickapolisIf by "trolls" you mean level-headed dudes that don't run around with their panties bound up like you and if by "hot" you mean loyal fans who associate the word "Redskins" with "Pride", count me a troll. 

 

Go worry about something else...even if the name changed, it would NEVER change for the fans!

 

jacksonjohn49
jacksonjohn49

 @Rickapolis

 Redskins is the R word?  You are such a tool! And since last I checked and this IS America, we fans will still call them the Redskins.  Please piss off and go worry about the poor polar bears or whatever your type does for kicks.  Oh and Redskins, Redskins, Redskins you jackwagon!

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @Rickapolis We are in the 21st century, as are the Washington Redskins.   Dan Snyder owns the business and can choose to keep his team name or change it.   People can choose of their own free will to patronize the business or to stay away.  You know, the concept of free enterprise.  By the way, who is actually being injured by this team name?

sadamo1
sadamo1

 @Loki When I think of "over compensating" I think of this posting...

Loki
Loki

 @h8theloonyleftAs a liberal, I'd buy the Redskins and call them the Redskins...if I wanted to be insensitive, I'd put a knife in the chiefs one hand and a scalp in the other...

 

tlee2si
tlee2si

 @Chris8 Clearest, most reasoned post that I have read on the issue.  Just to riff on the theme, remember how the gay community campaigned to "take back" the word "queer."  In the vein of Chris8's post, to the degree that one believes that the term is derogatory, disrespectful and conveys negative stereotypes, rather than eliminating the word, could one envision a campaign to transform its meaning into one that critics find more acceptable or even positive?

h8theloonyleft
h8theloonyleft

 @Chris8 You completely missed the point and you can't correctly spot who the complainers are. The actual complainers are the people who are "offended" and want the name change.

PhD2014
PhD2014

 @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius 

 

Native American tribes use redskins as their mascot. So that kind of invalidates any argument you have.

vanboja
vanboja

It isn't like he has money so he gets to keep the name.  I can start a parkling lot football league and choose any team mascot that I want, even with $.25 in my pocket.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @sadamo1 Comparing the name of a football team to murder.   Brilliant analysis worthy of an overly politically correct drama queen.

Sulkaman
Sulkaman

 @sadamo1 Land of any kind throughout the ages is controlled by whomever can control it.  This has been done through wars all over the world. This is in no way unique to the United States. Borders have not been defined by squatter's rights.  The Native Americans don't have a right to it just because they were there first. They had to defend it. Which they did not.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @sadamo1 You are carrying around a bag full of guilt and you believe that preaching about changing the name of a football team will empty that bag?   What a load of sanctimonious crap.   Getting on your high horse and playing the game of political correctness will not bring back any lives nor will it change the lives of anyone on the planet.   Instead of yelling at everyone else and telling them how they should be living and running their businesses, why not leave your keyboard and physically go out into the world and help someone.  Feed them, clothe them, give them some cash.  If you need to feel better about yourself, do something that will actually affect a life.

vanboja
vanboja

What is this "we" stuff - I don't have relatives that killed Indians.  Am I responsible for what someone did centuries ago?  What land would we give back?  Can we start with your house?

thdurham
thdurham

 @John NoLastName They're called the Redskins, not the "Ignorant baby murdering Redskins", so the comparison is inapt. "Ignorant" and "buffoon" are pejoratives. "Baby murdering" is clearly invective meant to stir passions. "Redskin", like "redneck" is merely descriptive.

 

I would add that calling the indigenous peoples of the Americans "Native _Americans_" is funny, as now you are identifying them with an Italian derived name.

 

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And if we want to discuss what's offensive to people, what about "Fighting Irish" for Notre Dame? The mascot of that school is a drunken Irishman who likes punching people. As someone who is partially of Irish descent, I demand they change that name, as it enforces hurtful stereotypes about my people!

h8theloonyleft
h8theloonyleft

 @KeJo ""Redskins is equivalent to Ni****". Blatantly not true. There are numerous Native American high schools whose mascot is the Redskins.

vanboja
vanboja

That's not fair.  Civil people with differing opinions can talk about these issues without being labeled as being on "the loser bigot side of history."  The strategy of insulting and berating is almost as bad as Loki's sad attempts at discourse. 

h8theloonyleft
h8theloonyleft

 @tlee2si  @Chris8 Yea, how about the homosexual community give back the word "gay", while they're at it. It used to be such a nice word.

KeJo
KeJo

 @PhD2014  @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius 

So?

Black people call each other the N word,so does that invalidate any argument against using the NWord?>

and over the last 40 years there have been 100s of schools that have changed their Indian mascott because it was too offensive, they get it, but you don't.

sadamo1
sadamo1

 @JoeCabot  @sadamo1 Actually I was thinking of OJ Simpson who never would have won his freedom without buckets of cash.  I was really discussing how Snyder represents a broken system.  He actually can name his team anything insulting because he owns the team.  The main reason why they haven't changed the name is a study was performed and the negative impact of the name doesn't effect the merchandising dollars enough. 

Calling me names is kind of hilarious.  You might as well wear a sign advertising that you are extremely insecure.  Do you feel better?  I hope if that is what it takes to increase your self esteem then have at it.

FreeClarett
FreeClarett

 @thdurham  @John NoLastName

 That Mascot is a Leprechaun.  Now if are part Leprechaun I see your point.  I am a Native American and have never called myself a Redskin or anyone else for that matter.  As a child I wondered how we could be called "red" when we are brown?  My mother explained that it comes from the bounty of the skiining Natiave Americans for money, just a different version of scalping and the boold red hides begin the name redskins.  I can see where this is acceptable to people who still agree that with the idea we are only good if we are good and dead but I am against that.

KeJo
KeJo

 @h8theloonyleft 

It's a racial slur -apples and apples.

there are 100s and 100s of schools that have changed their names.

KeJo
KeJo

 @vanboja 

1. Strategy??

it's not a strategy or even an argument,

this is a forum on SI not your graduate school debate team,

 

2. Not Fair??

The majority of southern whites arguing about civil rights in the 60s were on the loser bigot side of history, not sure how this is any different.

and I stand behind those words especially after reading the rest of Loki's obvious persecuted white guy perspective.

 

KeJo
KeJo

 @Loki  @PhD2014  @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius 

re-read Loki, didn't say that, "invalidate any argument against using nword" isn't anywhere near black people complaining about the use...but you'd be extremely stupid to confuse the two

 

Loki
Loki

 @KeJo  @PhD2014  @WilyCoyoteSuperGeniussimply put, yes...black people using the Nword lose the right to complain about the use of the Nword....you'd have to be extremely stupid to not understand that....

 

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @sadamo1  Dan Snyder can absolutely give his team any name that he wishes.  One of the benefits of ownership.   And, yes, merchandising does go into the decision, as companies are in business to make money, lest they go out of business.   Once again, apparently for lack of any salient points with which to defend your side of this debate, you resort to comparing the naming of a football team to murder.   By the way, I did not call you a drama queen, but simply stated that your point was worthy of one, and if you took offense to that you are dealing with an issue of extremely thin skin, which will make a short-timer in these politically correct battles that you are taking on in your attempt to bring salvation to our society.

KeJo
KeJo

 @vanboja 

you're not bright enough to see the big picture.

Name was derived as negative connotation, we as a people have largely and rightfully decided to do away with the racist names and attitudes of our ancestors, the Washington franchise is one of the last holdouts. It's time they change it.  In other words, we settled this issue 30 years ago.

do you need color by numbers?

vanboja
vanboja

So, a reminder of oppression is just as bad as oppression?  The over-the-top arguments don't advance even rational positions, they only detract from them. 

KeJo
KeJo

 @vanboja 

now it seems you're the one taking the bait.

the team name issue is the by product and a lingering reminder of overt racism towards Native Am's that has included substandard health, voting rights, and education.  Not to mention a horrific result today in regards to upward mobility, alcoholism, drug abuse, and poverty.

are you completely ignorant of these facts?

vanboja
vanboja

Hey, let's, for the sake of argument, that both the civil rights abuses in the 1960's AND the Redskins name are horrible.  Can you really not see the difference between a team name and institutionalized racism that robbed a huge part of the population of decent education, access to proper health care, voting rights, etc.?

vanboja
vanboja

I don't see how you are much better than Loki.  He and you use insults to drive home your point.  It doesn't work - it devalues your arguments and gives guys like Loki the chance to take the moral high ground.  Guys like Loki need someone to take the bait, and you took it.