Lawmakers urge NFL to change Redskins name

by Rebecca Shabad, The Hill
February 10, 2014

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) are pressing the National Football League (NFL) to change the name of the Washington Redskins.

The two lawmakers plan to send a letter to the NFL Monday that argues the football team’s name is offensive to Native Americans and others.

Cole is a member of the Native American Caucus.

“The NFL can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name as anything but what it is: a racial slur,” the letter reads.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has defended the team name, citing recent surveys suggesting many people support it. The team’s owner, Daniel Snyder, has also defended it and has said he would not change the name.

10 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Peter Locke says:

    Who are these political morons!!!

  • mudguy1 says:

    How about changing them To “Washington Thinskins”

  • Husker4ever says:

    The name of the Washington Redskins should be of no affair of the congress. They certainly have more important business they should be working on. But wait, maybe if they come out in favor of a name change, they won’t have to work so hard to get re-elected!

  • Phucker Mexico says:

    How about the Washington Nigger felon Lowlifes!

  • sporty says:

    Change the name to Senators. That will really piss them off!

  • James A. DeHart says:

    Hope the owners of the Washington Redskins do not listen to the ‘politically correct’ crowd. There are hundreds of Redskins charters across the United States, are they also being pressured by these same people to change their name? The Washington Redskins are a football team, as well are the San Francisco 49ers. Imagine having a name representing a group of baudy, harlot seeking miners; claim jumping miners; lawless miners; alcoholic miners; ‘Lordy-mercy, what is a man to do?’

  • AmericanIcon says:

    Have to agree: Given the scum that populate the District of Corruption, the Redskins should be ashamed to have ‘Washington’ in their name.

    1. Peter Locke says:

      LOL. Very perceptive!!!

  • CTH says:

    The name of the Washington football team is none of congressmen’s damn business. Oh I forgot , congressmen are all super beings.

    1. I Seigel says:

      Absolutely!! The government should stay out of it. And the Redskins – the entire NFL – shouldn’t get any Federal protections and tax breaks either! MLB and the NBA don’t, so why should the NFL?

      If the Redskins and the NFL don’t want any government interference, they shouldn’t take the government’s money, either.

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