Posted July 23, 2013

Redskins Hall of Famers say team should consider name change

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Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said he will never change the team's name despite opposition from members of Congress. (George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said he will “never” change the team’s name. (George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has repeatedly said that he is not going to change the team’s name despite opposition from members of Congress who say the moniker is “derogatory and unacceptable” and groups who say the name is offensive to Native Americans.

Pro Football Hall of Famers, wide receiver Art Monk and cornerback Darrell Green, said that the team should talk about the controversy and consider a name change.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell responded to the lawmakers saying the name “is a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.”

“[If] Native Americans feel like Redskins or the Chiefs or [another] name is offensive to them, then who are we to say to them ‘No, it’s not’?” Monk said to WTOP.

Green, who spent 20 seasons with the team, agreed with Monk.

“It deserves and warrants conversation because somebody is saying, ‘Hey, this offends me,’” Green said. “Unfortunately in this country, conversations mean legal, dollars, suits.”


21 comments
CharlesOwen
CharlesOwen

Hail to the(New Mascot Name)...Hail Victory....Beat up on Dallas...fight for ole DC!"   Works for me.  And in other future headlines, Jerry Jones fires everyone as the Cowboys fail to make the playoffs for a record fourth year in a row under his ownership."

ShawnKey
ShawnKey

I agree. Rouge epithelial cells sounds much more politically correct and fan friendly! ;) PS I'm a Cowboys fan...call them what you want but we will still enjoy the rivalry!

ChippewaDave
ChippewaDave

The Redskins should change their name for at least two reasons: 

1. It is a derogatory term for American Indians and racist by its very nature, and; 

2. Washington would make a ton of money selling jerseys and other souvenirs with their new name on it.  Seems like a win-win situation.  they could hold a competition for the new name and generate all sorts of media buzz.  Knowing Snyder though, he will screw it up, fight to keep the name and alienate a large proportion of their fan base and the U.S. population in general.

JohnScott2
JohnScott2

My ancestors were pirates.  I demand that the Raiders and Buccaneers change their names.  These were misunderstood men of honor, and calling them "Raiders" or "Bucs" is highly offensive to me.

THIS WAS SARCASM.  You can find a whiner about every mascot name, professional, college, school...  

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

The press, all of them, should just stop saying the word. "Washingtonians" will do as a replacement.

TarHeelFan1001
TarHeelFan1001

As a life long Washington fan I think a name change is long overdue. Pick a new name and lets go with it. 

R3
R3

All kinds of people are offended by all kinds of stuff. So what? How many native americans are actually offended by the name? My guess is not many.

mystafugee
mystafugee

I'm sure Snyder wouldn't be offended if an NFL team called themselves the "Big Noses" and had a Rabbi as it's mascot.  

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

Will this be an on-going poll of past Redskins' greats, Scooby?

We know where Joe stands (pro), how 'bout Doug Williams, John Riggins, Joe Gibbs, Billy Kilmer, Ken Houston, Larry Brown, Pat Fischer, etcetera.  After that (or before it), contact Pew Research or Gallup to conduct an extensive polling of the Indian Nations across America.  If you want opinions, let's do this right.    

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

The Washinton Redskins have decided to change their name to somethings less offensive...Introducing THE MARYLAND REDSKINS

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

OK, so black players are offended NOW?  So, tell me, why did a BLACK guy dress up as the INDIAN MASCOT all those years you fools played???????

rick.scott.rodriguez
rick.scott.rodriguez

I want to start a new basketball team in Alabama called the "Montgomery Blackskins".    How does that bare comparison?

jminnerk
jminnerk

OK, here's the solution:

1. Change the name of the team to the Washington Americans.

2. Keep the logo.

Mathonwy
Mathonwy

It's a shame that the ownership of this franchise refuses to end one of the last vestiges of the most racist owner in NFL history, leaving the task to two of it's most storied and respected players. Is it a coincidence that both players are African-American?

king33v
king33v

Yeah, but your argument is lost on the fact that "pirate" isn't protected by discrimination laws. It was funny though.

ChippewaDave
ChippewaDave

@JohnScott2 Redskins is a derogatory term for American Indians.  Raiders and Bucs are not derogatory by nature.  I have no problem with Chiefs, Indians, Illini, etc but Redskins is just plan bad. If you can't see the difference I worry for you.

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

@Rickapolis Another boycott, huh (FL)?  You're not gonna' suggest boycotting District of Columbia, too, are you ("Columbia" is okay, right?)?  Come to think of it...nah, DC's a great town.  And when they keep the lobbyists at arms-length they actually get some work done.

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

@TarHeelFan1001 The old "life long...fan" thing, huh?  That carries about as much weight as 'I have never in my life used, in any shape or form, performance enhancing drugs, and never will.'  Maybe true, but, don't bother.

danielfolsom
danielfolsom

@WHO*IS*ESPN It's not that they are personally offended, it's that they are acknowledging other people are ...