Finally, a sports controversy that has nothing to do with steroids, gambling or murder!
The debate over the Washington Redskins‘ name and its relationship to the Native American community has been with us for a while, so here’s what happened this summer:
- Team owner Dan Snyder said he’ll “never” even consider changing the name
- NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told NBC that “The name from its origin has always intended to be positive and has always been used by the team in a highly respectful manner”
- Upstate New York tribe Oneida Nation launched a radio ad campaign that will pressure the team to change the name throughout the season
- A group of Native Americans filed suit looking to strip the team of federal trademark rights to the name
- Former Raiders CEO Amy Trask wrote that it is “unacceptable to use a derogatory term when referring to any person or any group of people; and the word Redskins has been widely used throughout our history as a derogatory slur”
- “Full-blooded American Inuit chief” Stephen Dodson “reached out“ to tell the team that he’s “honored” by the name and that others can’t claim to speak for the entire NA community